Lean forward, smile and shake hands firmly, with affection, but not-too-strong! “Just say hi” however is a bad way of meeting your Polish date!
Polish dating isn’t that much different from British dating, American dating or German dating.
If you know who you are and you can be charming and polite, you may as well forget any rules. It is a skill you can learn, but since even Polish men often kiss woman’s hands the wrong way, worry not - just keep trying until you can kiss hand like Roman Polanski.
But Poland is a complex and fascinating place and knowing nuances and subtleties, or simply knowing more’ can get you to places you never thought existed. First you must know that Poland has always been on the crosswords of East and West, tradition and modernity, progress and backwardness. This sign of Polish chivalry can do miracles for you, but only if done the right way - you should never lift her arm to the height of your mouth in order to kiss Polish Woman. And yhou can always shake hands - not so impressive, but acceptable and safe.
This duality is still present, so the rules pointed out below not always apply. Handshake is a safe and always acceptable way of greeting women in Poland. Finally, you can use a touch-free option for greeting Polish women (or women general for that matter) - just say hi, smile and nod.
Remember this is more about ‘door-holding’ than ‘letting her first’. Here’s an advice that will illustrate what flowers can do: bring flowers on your first date, kiss her on both chicks and say ‘you look beautiful’.
As with any other rule relating to Polish Dating – be flexible and don’t apply it all the time and towards everybody. This is very nice and important element of Polish dating. They like receiving flowers on occasion – names day, birthday, anniversary, first date - or without any occasion at all. While she’s cooling down from the stunning impression you’ve made, you stay calm as if you’ve done that 1,000 times and start a neutral topic.
Then come back to Polish and write an article about how it worked.
Finally, whatever you decide, be polite, self-confident and smile a lot - this attitude may win you many hearts.
This rule of Polish Dating means you hold the door and let the Polish girl go first.
Saying “after you” or “you first” with a nice smile, is expected and will be appreciated (rewarded).
Sometimes, when the door is heavy or you go into a packed place, the rule may mean you go first and hold the door for her.