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UKRAINIAN ETIQUETTE AND DATING CUSTOMS

It is impossible to make a good impresion without observing of the standard rules of modern etiquette. Bases of etiquette are simple enough. It both the standard of speech, and the polite, valid attitude to people, appearance, clothes, skills to behave correctly in public and in various situations, to be precautionary to people. Good manners, skills to support conversation, to restrain the emotions, and attentiveness have important value while communicating with people. Also it is necessary to consider a national identity of your interlocutors, features of their national culture. Here are some pieces of advice which will help you to feel more confidently among Ukrainians.


Greating

Ukrainian women and men are a friendly lot, so don't be impatient if they use a lot of time introducing themselves. Do not shake hands across the threshold of a door. It is considered bad luck. If wearing gloves, take them off before shaking hands with someone. Women in Ukraine do not consider it feminine to shake hands when they meet. Also, in the winter, make sure you take off your right glove before you shake hands with a man. Not to do so is considered to be rude.


Entering the house

Make sure that you have a gift with you. A bottle of wine, a cake, or a bouquet of flowers are customary. If there are children in the house, it is appropriate to bring a gift for them as well. Be prepared to take off your shoes upon entering a home. To keep apartments clean, most hosts will provide their guests a pair of slippers.


Flowers

Bring flowers. Flowers play a much more important role in Ukraine than they do in the West. A single rose is appropriate for a first date. If you meet your lady's family, be sure to bring flowers to her mother. Always buy an odd number of flowers - even numbers are considered bad luck. Also, never buy yellow roses (can signal a decrease in feelings or the end of a relationship).


Dressing

Dress your best. Ukrainians do not share the altruistic "looks aren't important" mentality that has spread through the West. First impressions are very important to them. You will notice that on the street, people will look first at your clothes, then at your face. For business, dress should be conservative. Men should not take off their jackets unless asked to do so.


Having dinner

Most of Ukrainian women can cook extremely tasty dishes. Be prepared to accept all food and drink offered to you when visiting friends. Ukrainians are known for their generosity when it comes to feeding others. Refusing food may be considered rude. Also, be prepared to give a toast at dinner, as guests are often asked to do so.


Drinking

Don't drink much alcohol. One of the main reasons Ukrainian ladies are interested in Western men is that alcoholism runs as much as 50% among males in this part of the world, which causes them to be less than desirable husbands. Therefore, when it comes to drinking, you should always show moderation and self-control.


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