An American girl isn’t so much into ‘the chase’ — she generally doesn’t run away for too long, or too far away.An American girl can take time away from her friend to talk to you on a night out.

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In my defense, I'd say Gwyneth Paltrow, who recently announced her separation from Chris Martin—who, in turn, blamed the breakup on his own lack of enthusiasm for life—would probably understand the initial attraction.

As would Emma Stone (who is dating Brit Andrew Garfield).

The directness with which some American women approach relationships can be refreshing, as well as ego-boosting: "American women will probably pay men a lot more attention than English women, so for English guys, it's great.

They are delighted to be paid attention to," Smith said.

I'd like to think that I did know, but judging by how headfirst I was diving into the relationship, I couldn't have been sure.

How does a girl from Texas end up with a tendency to go after English guys? Three years and four English boyfriends later, I was left wondering the same thing.

In my (albeit limited) experience, it seems like American women and English men often find romance, yet American men and English women make for unlikely couples.

(Emily Blunt and John Krasinski are an exception.) After interrogating men and women from both sides of the Atlantic, as well as consulting an expert, a few theories emerged.

Also, American girls often offer to share the bill after a few dates. American girls like flirting, but they’re much more direct.

In Italy, it is going to be much longer before a girl pays for something when you go out for a coffee / drink / dinner. A good flirt is always enjoyable, but perhaps they are not too used to it.

In Italian we say (roughly translated): “He who begins well is halfway done”. An American girl will show you if she has interest in you, and she won’t be afraid to ask you out. But in Italy, especially for the first date, looks definitely count a lot.