Bilingualism and biculturalism are related, but they are not the same thing.


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Anne Egros‘s insight:

A very much-needed explanation on the distinction of bilingualism and biculturalism.

For example, too often managers are chosen for their abilities to speak the local language but someone can have a better cultural sensitivity and be  more successful without speaking the local language.

Here more about empirical evidences that languages can shape behaviours but cannot make you multicultural :

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3 thoughts on “Bilingualism and biculturalism are related, but they are not the same thing.

  1. jlhilleary December 15, 2013 at 10:35 pm Reply

    This is absolutely true, Anne. Cultural sensitivity is so much more than language, it’s also about how we listen and interpret.

    • Anne Egros, Global Executive Coach December 15, 2013 at 10:48 pm Reply

      Thanks for the comment and you are perfectly right perception and interpretation condition behavior.

      Intercultural communication is very complex and so should be the tools used to help someone develop cultural intelligence.

      We always have to remember that individual behavior is a combination of personal experiences and environmental factors but cannot be defined only by where the person was born and raised or what languages she speaks.

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