No matter your cultural background, ethnic heritage or nationality, there’s someone waiting for you on Match. Thanks to Britain’s beautifully diverse population and Match’s large community of singles, finding that special someone who shares your values, culture and passions is that much easier. Match’s services are open to everyone and offer a variety of selections and options for successful dating.
In this article, we are focusing on Turkish culture and Turkish dating. Turkey is a beautiful country with an ancient culture and a population of over eight million people. The UK is home to half a million Turkish people, 300,000 of whom are Turkish Cypriots.
Depending on where you are based in the UK, it may be easier or more difficult to find and assimilate into the local Turkish community. Luckily, Match is here to help. Thanks to its AI-powered search engine, Match becomes a powerful Turkish dating site. The filters allow you to narrow down your search results by specifying your desired partner’s passions, profession, religion, age, nationality, physical appearance and other lifestyle factors.
Match helps Turkish singles find and build meaningful, solid and long lasting relationships. Every meaningful relationship starts with a strong foundation and authentic connection, and a shared cultural background of nostalgic national memories can be the ingredients for just that.
Turkey is known for its gorgeous coastlines, diverse cuisine and the buzzing cultural capital of Istanbul. You of course don’t need to be Turkish to be interested in dating Turkish singles. Perhaps you used to live there or are looking to live there, maybe you speak a bit of Turkish and want to speak the language with the person you build a romantic relationship with. There are a plethora of reasons! However, if you are going to date somebody of a different nationality or ethnicity it is paramount that you respect and understand your date’s culture. Please avoid cliché phrases even if you mean well. Saying things such as “you’ll probably order the kebab, right? Being Turkish and all” or offensive and assumptious comments about Islam is insensitive, and can often be interpreted as xenophobic. To best empathise, imagine you moved to a new country and perhaps there were some prerogative stereotypes surrounding your culture and religion – how would you like them to treat you? Think about this and apply your answer to any conversation or experience shared with anyone of a different culture – Turkish or otherwise.
Turkey is filled with people of many different religious backgrounds from Islam to Christianity to Atheism. Match allows users to filter religious preferences, so if this is a required common ground for you then you can happily share thoughts and religious experiences with your Turkish date. It is primordial however, especially if your religious beliefs differ, to respect and listen to your date’s religious experiences and practices if they choose to share them. If you disagree with them, avoid getting heated or raising your voice and simply agree to disagree for the time being.
Another thing to avoid commenting on as a non-Turk, particularly if your date is with a woman, is perpetuating cultural stereotypes about her physical attractiveness. Of course, tell her she looks nice but avoid phrases such as “I only date Arabic/Turkish girls” or “I only find Turkish girls sexy”. While she is proud of her culture, she most likely doesn’t want to be defined by it and thus feel like you are dating her simply because she is Turkish rather than because you like her, even if this isn’t the case.
It is also worth researching Turkish dating culture as it is always important to respect customs that our friends and our romantic interests grew up with and to educate ourselves of humanity’s differences. Online dating in Turkey’s large cities has soared in popularity in recent years but many more rural areas remain conservative with many inhabitants opposed to sex and cohabitation before marriage. At the same time, one can never assume the customs or beliefs of someone else. The best approach is to be honest and open and to listen to their experience. These are, of course, not questions for a first date but more for when the time feels right, say, a fifth date?
In Turkey, unlike in the UK, grand gestures like buying flowers and gifts for your date is considered the norm where some Brits may see it as over-the-top. Again, the best approach is honesty, open-mindedness and a non-judgemental approach so that an inter-cultural couple can meet a beautiful middle ground where they share the romantic gestures and customs of their own cultures to form a unique romantic culture and language of their own.
The same goes for a couple made of two Turkish people. Although you both grew up in the same culture, now that you both live in a new country, feel free to take on the customs of this new culture as you wish in order to slowly define and develop the organic expat nature of your relationship. That’s exactly the beauty with international dating – it’s adventurous, educational and opens your heart to not only a new person but a new culture and many new experiences. Try Turkish restaurants near you as well as Indian restaurants, Tapas bars and British pubs!