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Barbara, who’s from South Africa but has lived in Germany for 20 years, says she’s tried online dating but didn’t have much success, often finding her inbox filled with men from far away countries which isn’t what she’s looking for. “Partly because I know a number of single men but none of them make any effort to have a relationship in any way, even though I think we get on well." “I think men are too comfortable these days.” Barbara says a great point about Frankfurt is that it’s a good place to be social to meet friends.She advises people who are new to the country to get out and join cultural associations.The 30-year-old, who’s originally from India, but came to Berlin via Munich and Dortmund a few years ago, describes the German capital as an “expat city”.“There’s a huge batch of people who come in and go out,” she says.When it comes to the romantic side, Barbara is feeling optimistic about the future.She’s met someone through a business networking site.
We wanted to find out how internationals in Germany are getting on in their quest to build relationships. One match lied about his height, another had a “really high voice” when they met, and the third man put her off using the app for a while.
The events manager said communication could be difficult at times, with things becoming lost in translation.
One German guy who she had jokingly called a “dork” had translated the word to mean “idiot” in a very literal sense.
In Berlin, after one particularly bad date, Gi's 'match' asked her if she would pay for his travel ticket because "he’d come all this way" to meet her.
Gi is a fan of Tinder, where anyone can make the first move.