The acceptance into the family so quickly was very touching to me. French women tend to ignore question NOT because they are uncertain whether they are in an exclusive relationship as the article suggests , but rather because French tend to ignore the question of marriage altogether; as demonstrated by the increasing number of relationships who agree to have children, but are not interested in getting married. In the US, she added, Americans determine their relationship style not by their gender, but by their unique personalities. I think it would be so much pressure built into a first dinner with someone who you barely know. The closest equivalent for going on a date would be a 'rendez-vous galant,' translating to 'appointment,' according to Jennifer Seiter, a relationship therapist.