"He says lanmou. She says love. Does it make a difference?"

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Article in The Buccaneer (Page 13) which quotes my 2014- 2015 study. Permission received from The Buccaneer to reproduce. 

Speaking different languages can cause

conflict in a couple’s relationship, but as long

as there is a common goal, agreed upon values,

and patience to endure, those conflicts

can be overcome.

Lucia Klencakova, a graduate assistant in

Barry’s department of Communication conducted

a study in 2014-2015 to “observe the

level of satisfaction in monolingual and bilingual

romantic relationships” and to determine

how conflicts arise in bilingual couples

yet are not common to all couples. Monolingual

refers to couples with one culture and

language background. Bilingual means couples

with two different mother languages.

“The central idea of this comparative

study was to observe the level of satisfaction

in romantic relationships between two people

with the same native language and couples

formed by two people of two different native

languages to uncover any significant commonalties

or differences,” she said.

The study involved twenty people (8

males and 12 females) between the ages of 25

and 57: 13 of the individual participants were

married, eight couples lived together, and six

couples had been together for more than five


Klencakova was able to confirm thatwhen

couples had a mutual goal, there was

better communication and higher satisfaction

– regardless of language.

But couldn’t different languages be an

obstacle to the growth and success of the relationship?


Period03 Oct 2016

Media coverage


Media coverage

  • Title"He says lanmou. She says love. Does it make a difference?"
    Media name/outletThe Buccaneer
    CountryUnited States
    Producer/AuthorAbigail Solorzano
    PersonsLucia Klencakova