6 ways to chat up that shy cutie--and how to tell if he likes you back

What is it about shy guys? They’re so darn irresistible yet so infuriating. If you find yourself falling for the quiet guy, don’t give up hope if he’s not chewing your ear off. We’re showing you ways to crack open his shell—and see if he likes ya back.

1. Talk about something you know he likes.
You wanna catch him in his comfort zone. If you bring up something he's super into, he’ll be more likely to open up and share more. Ask him to school you in classic rock history—and make sure you show genuine interest (nodding your head, smiling, laughing—the works). If he’s gabbing about his strong suit, he won’t feel awkward or embarrassed.

2. Boost his self-esteem.
Once you've got him chatting about his interests, dole out the compliments. If he’s feeling confident, he’ll be much more likely to keep chatting, and find a reason to chat with you again later.

3. Drop obvious hints that you like him.
Chances are he won’t want to risk making a move unless he’s positive you’re into him. Most guys are scared of embarrassing themselves—this goes double for shy guys. As you’re dropping hints, if he seems to respond positively and keeps wanting to talk to you, take that as a sign he’s feeling the same way.

4. Send him a text or Snapchat.
This way, he’ll have time to think about his responses and won’t feel so pressured to think of the right thing to say on the spot. It’ll take some of the stress of having a fast-paced, in-person conversation away and he’ll be more comfortable. If he starts responding quickly, take that as a sign that he’s interested.

5. Laugh.
When he tells a joke or does something silly, make sure to laugh to show he's keeping you entertained and interested. He needs the positive feedback. That being said, if you realize you don't actually find him funny, that could mean you two are not meant for each other.

6. Initiate a hangout.
Ask him out, but not necessarily on a ‘date’ date. Think: a low-pressure study sesh or a laid-back lunch. An actual romantic date could be too intimidating, so keep it light and friendly and see where it goes.

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by Alyson Katz | 3/25/2017
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