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To ask her out or not?

might seem stupid, but what the hell a simple ring on the fourth finger on right hand does mean?!

I have been lucky(?) to manage to meet a local lady while my German language is like her Japanese language. She all pleasant and nice, and been seeing here for various things (Work related, activities etc) and I had a feeling that shes interested, so today I decided to man up and ask her on a date, however, we met today and there was this ring on her right hand and she was making all these moves in attempt to flash it to me on many occasions. Prior to that, I dropped couple of hints that Im going to approach someone I like and she was all encouraging (that was over texts), 2 days later we met and I saw that ring for first time! (been meeting the lady for over a month and never seen here wearing a ring, hence I thought she wanted to hint to me that shes attached or so, thus save myself the embarrassment).

As much as how disheartening today's meeting was, as much as Im interested to understand what the hell does a ring on right hand means here in Switzerland. Any local ladies or guys or anyone had similar experience? please share!

In USA (and pretty much around the globe), that ring usually means she attached, or promised or just not looking.. but considering the swiss using the right hand for marriage, I thought it might be the opposite? (i know, im smart arse sometimes!)
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Old 26.08.2015, 22:21
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Re: To ask her out or not?

Depends on the ring? Does it look like an engagement/wedding ring?

I wear my wedding ring on the right hand but then a lot of people wear it left.

Simple solution: ask her?
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Re: To ask her out or not?

it looks like a cheap ring, defo not engagment or wedding... something like goldish color with crystal stone with lailac color..

the reason I did not ask because she wore the ring for first time (we been meeting for over a month) and also after she "encouraged" me to approach that *imaginary lady*
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Re: To ask her out or not?

Sounds to me like there are so many cultural overlays here, that you are unlikely to know what that ring means, no matter what anyone tells you... unless you ask her.

I'd suggest you ask her to go along with you to some specific activity that doesn't automatically set the scene for a date/romance/partnership/sex. For example: some non-romantic movie, an art exhibition, a lecture, a short hike to a museum/castle or to a viewpoint. Make it something that is interesting in itself, and not very flashy/expensive, and make it during the daytime, or immediately after work.
That way, you can spend time with her and she's less likely to feel under pressure, and you are less likely to feel like you're risking embarrassing yourself.

Of course you will be looking at that finger and that ring. Just take it easy, and maybe the opportunity will arise in your conversation to ask her about it. Then, not "does it mean you are in a partnership?" but "does it have a story?" or some such more neutrally phrased question. If she's interested in you, she will then most likely take the opportunity to make it quite clear whether or not the ring means anything important.
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Old 26.08.2015, 22:35
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Re: To ask her out or not?

brilliant doropfiz!

the first part - light activities - is done over 20 times but partly due to shared activity anyway, so we both feel comfortable around each others, in fact, very comfortable, but we do not text frequently as we both busy day and evening time.

the second part is the one! i wanted to ask because she flashed it A LOT, but she had to run to catch her flight and I left with a big disappointment that I couldnt ask in the manner you suggested.. Im just afraid, not used to something different, and dont feel confident enough in the country as am still relatively new here... especially with language barrier..

Im tempted to ask about the ring using text msg, but it would be inappropriate or needy, so I guess I will wait until shes back (in 1 month time!!!), thats if she would ever contact me again after such misunderstanding
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it looks like a cheap ring, defo not engagment or wedding... something like goldish color with crystal stone with lailac color..

the reason I did not ask because she wore the ring for first time (we been meeting for over a month) and also after she "encouraged" me to approach that *imaginary lady*


Trainspotter: You'll never get to heaven if you don't die first. ASK HER. You could ask if the ring is new, you hadn't noticed it before, you could also ask her out on a date straight off.


Worst case, you go down in flames. you aren't the first, and you certainly won't be the last. We'll be here with milk and cookies while you recover.
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Re: To ask her out or not?

thanks Jag.. appreciated. I suppose I will follow yer advice.
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Re: To ask her out or not?

And maybe she just has a new ring and really really loves it and loves to show it off.

Again, ask her.
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And maybe she just has a new ring and really really loves it and loves to show it off.

Again, ask her.


Perhaps she has decided that trainspotter is a keeper, and has started wearing the ring to ward off the other toads.


Perhaps she herself doesn't understand which ring on which finger means what.


Perhaps she was just trying rings on at home and this one is too small and she can't get it off.


We'll never know unless.... Trainspotter asks.


Trainspotter, this is no longer just about you. The whole of EF will spam you endlessly with messages and emails until you ask her.


Are you a man, or a mouse? Squeak up now!
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Re: To ask her out or not?

haha thanks guys, ye made me smile

Cool, will defo ask her when shes back (if I can manage to wait and not text the question!) and will update ye for sure!

thanks a million and I appreciate yer help


Ps apologies for typos - walk writing and on mob..
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Re: To ask her out or not?

Compliments are the best opener bar none.

If the ring itself isn't worth complimenting on you could always make something up. Literally anything will do, even a lie - the stone color matches her eyes, her hair, it complements her slender hand, etc. If she wants to tell the story attached to it you don't even need to ask, otherwise that option is still open. Or you could tell your own story of a similar ring as usually people feel compelled to reciprocate - your sister's (if you have one) engagement ring you helped her pick looked similar, etc.
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Re: To ask her out or not?

In any case we demand a real time feed of events. You can't just barge in here with this kind of delicious drama and then leave us hanging!
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it looks like a cheap ring, defo not engagment or wedding... something like goldish color with crystal stone with lailac color..
she bought a cheap ring to make you think she was in a relationship.
you are in the friend zone
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Re: To ask her out or not?

k_and_e you are not helping me here :-) this is what am afraid of.. "ya know, Im in a relation". but defo will play dumb compliment on her and take the leap and ask her out, and will update ye how it goes
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Re: To ask her out or not?

by the way, last time I complemented on her looks (2 days ago), she replied with a smile on her face: you know, weather helps. and then awkward 10 mins of silence on both sides. she does not lean toward me at all, and the good bye hug is very awkward, she pulls me then pushes me as if it took more than 3 seconds and I have to get lost now.
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what the hell does a ring on right hand means here in Switzerland.
In my case, it means that I am married.

But mine is solid gold, and obviously a wedding band.

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Re: To ask her out or not?

I didn't bother to read the other replies but is it so hard to work in... " so what are you and your partner doing this weekend? "
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Re: To ask her out or not?

Can't you just Facebook stalk her like everyone else does?
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In my case, it means that I am married.

But mine is solid gold, and obviously a wedding band.
Not obvious at all. Third finger of left hand is pretty much universal for wedding rings, and that does make it obvious. Anything else raises a question, at the very least.
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Re: To ask her out or not?

I'd forget about her, if I was you - she seems a bit of an airhead ...... the ring is obviously an aide memoire, to remind her that she needs to get some new fittings to hang her curtains, now the nights are drawing in. She obviously doesn't appreciate voyeurism.
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