Top 10 Ways of Chatting People Up on a First Date


Japanese surveyed on how they thought it best to get a good conversation going with the opposite sex yield up some at first glance very sensible sounding advice.

The ranking:

1. Balance “aizuchi” (making encouraging utterances like “I see,” “mmm,” and “ah” to keep conversation moving and affirm that you are listening) with actual conversation.

2. Express an interest in their hobbies.

3. Be sure to adopt a sympathetic posture.

4. Search for shared experiences to talk about.

5. Try to engender an “at home” atmosphere.

6. Incorporate stuff about their home town into the conversation.

7. Praise their dress or possessions.

8. Follow through on any self-deprecatory comments.

9. Always ask questions at the end of a conversation.

10. Lightly ask for advice on something.

At the very bottom of approaches favoured was “play games together on your phones,” a perhaps understandably shunned pastime.

Strong agreement was present amongst those surveyed on the first few items, reducing significantly further down the list.

When the results were split by gender, the first items were also ranked all but identically, not entirely surprisingly suggesting there may well be some common perceptions of how to get a good conversation going between the sexes.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    01:53 11/02/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Usually if someone does #1 too much, I take that as meaning they don't give a fuck.

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    Comment by patamon
    03:02 11/02/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That's why you're supposed to balance it with actual conversation...

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    Comment by Unsolved Mr. E
    02:29 11/02/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I find these tips very useful in all interactions between any individual. Being on the more reclusive side, I tend to have difficulties communicating with anyone from either gender. To help improve my ability to properly communicate, I'm looking forward to incorporating these tips with my next conversation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:59 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    21:09 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Awesome manga, a must read for everyone.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:54 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This shit is unbelievably gay.

    I mean, men shouldn't give a fuck about this kind of stuff and just be themselves. What the hell happenned with honesty? Trying to put yourself in line just because you know you 'might' get laid that way is pathetic.

    Girls who don't like a honest guy don't deserve your attention, gentlemen.

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    Comment by GHS
    02:45 11/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, yes, yes, it's all about you. Fuck whatever she says, if I'm bored by her I'll tell it to her face. Now, allow ME to be honest with you. A relationship is a two way street. If you act like that and don't give a fuck then YOU'RE the one who's pathetic and need a wake-up call. No one said you didn't have to be honest when you do these things, it's just showing you care. Expressing an interest in her hobbies doesn't mean youy need to lie and pretend you like them when you don't, just ask her why she likes them instead. Honesty is the most important, I agree, but there's something else called tact and good judgement.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:29 11/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Excuse me sir, but no.

    You seem to confuse honesty with being an asshole. An asshole deliberately f*cks with people, he WANTS you to feel bad. An honest person doesn't have that intention; he might not care, sure, but his intention is to deliver a clear message, even though your small soul might get hurt in the process.

    Playing a conversation like you described is to accept the invitation to the woman's mind games. If you do that, you're screwed. You will find yourself doing incredibly stupid things you would never do normally. You will put most of your efforts in pleasing her just to have a chance of scoring inside of her.

    That's the fastest way of becoming a slave to pussy. Which is what most men are nowadays, though it's not really their fault.

    Just fucking hold to your principles and screw everything else.

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    Comment by GHS
    07:33 12/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh but that's the thing, in reality it's never black and white like that; there's that grey area in between truth and lying, and if you don't know what that grey area I'm talking about is then you need to talk to more people. This is kind of argument is like the age old idealism vs realism debate. After all, there is the often forgotten choice to just say nothing in a situation like that it's either lying or being honest. And no, I don't claim to be an expert in women (I'm just a guy after all), but I just use a little common sense and experience on what works and what doesn't.

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    Comment by GHS
    06:34 11/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's not what I'm saying. What I mean is that while honesty is important (perhaps the most important), blind honestly isn't. Too much of a good thing as they say. It's like that old example of whether a dress makes her look fat or not. Let's assume it does. If you say no, you're a liar, and if you say yes, you're an asshole. Sticking to your principles is all well and good and I wholeheartedly agree, but starting a serious relationship sometimes means you need to have tact snd keep some things to yourself at first. Being able to make a good first impression and navigating through a conversation where you could potentially step on a landmine is essential to having good social skills.

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    Comment by savantique
    21:12 11/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pardon the presumption, but I'm guessing you're female seeing as you've taken personally several stupid comments in this forum (seriously; as interested as I am of others opinions I just say to myself that it'd be better to just let some of these dumbassed comments go).

    That having been said, I guess you think you're some kind of expert when it comes to women, so let me ask you this: if your only choices are being honest or lying, aren't you basically saying that women are impossible to please? I don't see how tact would apply in a situation like this.

    Comment by SnooSnoo
    20:58 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Girl: Oh the other day, I chipped my nail and-

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:08 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ^This, I kind of agree with...
    Honesty should hold more value, but people nowadays...
    Sure, if you're only looking for some one-nighter it would probably work, but if you're really looking for a partner, then being honest would pay off in the long run.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:14 11/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You are absolutely right, but this site is full of pathetic pieces of shit without any self-respect or confidence. They put themselves on the level of a woman, no wonder they don't agree with you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:33 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    While i may not be that successful with women, (or successful at all for that matter), a lot of those tips do work as conversation goes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:31 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    where the hell is winking, hold hand, make eye contact and say really really "romance" cheesy stuff (that usually makes you cringe)
    that works for me
    5 dates
    5 times round my house
    10 times of sex ^_^

    23:19 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This should come in handy. Thanks Arte :3

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:05 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why do articles about anything possibly related to sex get so many comments so quickly? xD

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    Comment by GHS
    02:47 11/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because kids are rushing to try and sound like they know what the article is talking about.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:38 11/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Heard of Sigmund Freud?

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    Comment by GHS
    07:26 11/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I call him Dr. Childhood Sex Thinker.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:11 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have that pic as wallpaper but it just makes me cry every time I look at it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:42 11/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol, same here !

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    Comment by choppy
    01:25 11/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Tsunbaka end was sweet since she was his first victim. Who would've thought?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:24 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    never take the girl to your parent's house

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:38 06/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    most of the comments here are just sad.
    which is incomparable with how sad the fact this article even exists is.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:55 07/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    no 2ch comments?
    im disappointed

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    Comment by brningpyre
    06:02 10/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Picture for this implies something else entirely.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:20 28/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Number 1 in one of the most annoying things for me in Japanese conversations.

    All those "mmm" and "ah" make me really angry.
    It gives the impression that the conversation is a bother to the listener.

    Now i'm told by this poll that it's actually a cultural habit!?

    Oh man, learning Japanese culture is getting more fucked up by the day.
    I can't keep up with it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:34 27/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    not exactly... it's saying to balance both actual conversation and aizuchi, not to use those "mmmm" and "ah" all the time...

    really ppl doesn't read anything properly on internet anymore

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:19 14/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It probably wun matter at at once u start stuttering...basically too nervous

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    Comment by Sandalphon
    14:20 27/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The last ones seem rather awkward to me, specifically:

    7. Praise their dress or possessions.
    ("Praise" strikes me wrong here, it gives off the impression of pretentiousness, "positive comments" might be more along the lines of what they actually meant by praise)

    8. Follow through on any self-deprecatory comments.
    (I don't find this a good conversation starter, might seem "self esteem issues". It's good to keep a conversation lighthearted though)

    9. Always ask questions at the end of a conversation.
    (This one is just wrong in my eyes, it's better to know when a conversation is over and then move on to something else)

    10. Lightly ask for advice on something.
    (Asking for an opinion is good for getting a conversation going. Asking for advice seems overkill since the scenario is "get a conversation going", assuming the other is a stranger or one is not yet familiar with. If it is, then I don't see why getting a conversation going would be a problem)

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:01 11/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL Dating is for kids...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:48 11/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can see the ending...uh wait...

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    Comment by Riiku
    04:13 11/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So basically, just lie and you'll be ok

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:26 11/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You pretty much nailed not only Japanese dating but the entire Japanese social structure. It'd probably crumble if Japanese people started saying what they really think instead of what they're expected to say / what the other person wants to hear. I like it though....why let the truth get in the way of reality?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:16 11/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ah man... Onani Master K.... hate that series so tragic :/ SIGH

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    Comment by Shirakawa
    08:53 11/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dating usually isn't the problem, it's creating a meaningful relationship that can be difficult. Purpose, motive, and commitment play a big role then, and it becomes more of a strain when one person feels it's going nowhere, or when they have an ulterior motive the other person doesn't want to follow.

    I've seen all sorts through friends and acquaintances, but have had only one relationship myself, which was nothing but sex. I'm a guy and I know it sounds crazy, but I wasn't satisfied with that. It was good times mind you, I just felt bad that we couldn't connect on any level other than sexual desire. No common ground.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:25 11/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    just a outside question, is this photo from onani master kurosawa?

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    Comment by kgptzac
    13:18 11/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    other than #7 i think it's perfectly normal to apply all other "ways" in any conversation with anyone you just met >.>

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:02 11/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Next up, how to operate your new aircraft carrier, lol... you just have to figure out how to get it and you'll be set!

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    Comment by Caligastia
    15:31 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I find these suggestions to be sensible yet a little politically correct or cautious as a whole, I'd add trying not to sound too serious and formal, that's usually off putting, try to be nonchalant and jovial.

    Btw this also seems sensible as a guideline for conversation when meeting new people.

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    Comment by Zavalix
    15:28 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Nice shoes... shall we fuck?"
    "Nice handbag... shall we fuck?"
    "Nice dress... shall we fuck?"
    "Nice glassess... shall we fuck?"

    Since my strategy wasn't working, I decided to change to:

    "I lost my teddy bear, want to replace him and sleep with me tonight?"

    Now I know what I was doing wrong... "Lightly ask for advice on something." Next time I'll do so.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:16 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "My hand's been cramping up lately when I jack off. Do you know a better way to do it?"



    Comment by Anonymous
    18:42 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's because you have testicular cancer....on your hand.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:35 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Do you want cheesy lines or do you just wanna do it?"

    Nuff said.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:23 11/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    16:11 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They seriously need to make an Onani Master Kurosawa anime. That, and a Mirai Nikki one too.

    Comment by SnooSnoo
    20:55 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No wai! That would ruin it, just like every. other. adaptation.

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    Comment by Mega Oppai Lover
    16:12 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Never say anything about their figure cause if you tell the truth she'll hate and if you lie she'll hate you.It's a lose lose situation lol

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    Comment by Onanimous
    16:15 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You know the old joke: "I know this guy whose chat up line is 'Wanna fark?'. Nine times out of ten he gets a slap in the face but the tenth time more than makes up for it."

    The funny thing is, I grew up with a guy like that and I can honestly say this: I've observed that his batting average was better than one in ten.

    It's all about the confidence. Chicks dig it. (^,^)

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:07 11/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or maybe the 10th girl is just the slut with HIV.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:48 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its all about dick size chicks dig it.

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    Comment by patamon
    20:45 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    However, a girl has to decide to have sex with a guy before she knows how big his dick is. ...Unless the guy is somehow already not wearing pants and walking around with a boner.

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    Comment by Craniumc0re
    00:04 11/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought walking around with your junk out was casual attire?... maybe thats why im getting those looks

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