Among some of the words that I have been running into are
Beziehungen which I understand to be the general translation for the word
Verhältnis which in some places seems to mean a love affair but most others use the word to indicate ratio and proportion.
Verwandtschaft which seems to be used more for family relations.
So I am wondering what the best word for romantic relationships would be. Also I understand that American dating and dating in Germany has a few different dynamics. So that makes me wonder if there are words for this. For example, during the initial courting phase, then the phase where the two people have taken a liking for each other and have dated consistently, then the point where they are exclusive, and then when they are engaged to be married. Are there various words that would help to tell the story better? just saying
relationship can mean many things.