The act of getting to know one another is called dating.
Now, there's hooking up, friends with benefits, casual dating, and all manner of other things.
"On sort ensemble" is something you'd say in Quebec (loosely translated: "we go out together"), but no one said anything of the sort in France. Yes, the guy really planned to have me serenaded, on our first date, along the Seine River.
"I give advice to people who go out together," kind of worked, but most people didn't understand how or why I had a job. I lost my credit card and was two hours late, so instead we met for wine and cheese. That relationship ended because the gent couldn't communicate clearly with me, and kissed another woman at a party repeatedly knowing that I'd never take him back if he did. I'm still grateful for the experience, because it showed me just what dating was, and wasn't.
In France however, there's no such thing as a dating columnist.
I've been a semi-fluent French speaker since my youth, yet trying to share what I did perplexed most French, Belgian and Swiss folks I encountered. My male friends scoffed, my female friends swooned.
This in turn confused me—I get thousands of emails every week with questions, wanting to know how to get a guy to call them back, whether or not a woman is interested, or if they should break up. In Paris, a man I considered to have dated a few weeks (he was adamant we were in a relationship), told me, "Either you're having casual sex, or you're in a relationship. My next question, "Well, then how did you know you wanted a relationship with me? "From the second I saw your picture online and sent you a message, we were in a relationship. We did, however, stroll hand-in-hand along a love lock bridge. In (most places in) North America, a date consists of intention, like art.
Touching without sex is far more romantic but don't always hug without kissing!
Laughter and romance go hand in hand Remember that romance is in the small details and does not need to be expensive in any way.