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How to make (or break) a date

It’s not uncommon for a Russian man to approach a lady on the street with the words «Можно с Вами познакомиться?» (Can I get to know you?). This might seem a bit forward, or be just the approach you’re looking for. Here are some ways to respond or choose your own style:

How to knock someone back:

Я замужем. I’m married (for a woman).

Нет, у меня нет времени, я спешу. No, I have no time, I’m in a hurry.

Я здесь не один/одна. I’m not here on my own.

Я занят/занята. I’m busy.

But if you are interested:

Да, конечно. Yes, of course.

А почему бы и нет? And why not?

Никуда не спешу. I’m not in a hurry.

If you want to ask someone out:

Можно Вас угостить? Can I treat you? (for example to a drink).

Не хотите ли прогуляться? Can I take a walk with you?

Не хотите куда-нибудь сходить со мной? Will you come out with me?

Могу ли я Вас пригласить на ужин? Can I take you out for dinner?

Можно Ваш номер телефона? Can I have your number?

How to let someone down gently:

Может быть в другой раз. Maybe some other time.

У меня сейчас нет времени на свидания. I don’t have time right now for dating.

У меня завал на работе. I’m up to my ears at work.

Прошу Вас мне больше не звонить. Please don’t call me anymore.

В следующей жизни! Maybe in another life!

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