The same way having ten fingers does not make you a pianist speaking thesamelanguagedoesnot necessarilyguaranteeeffectivecommunicationwhencommunicatingacrosscultures. Minor cultural differences sometimes completely blocks team communication. Here is few things you should know about communicating with your Rwandan coworkers.
Rwandanusesubtlemessageandthelistenerhastoreadbetweenthelinestounderstandthemessage.Therefore,itisveryimportanttolookatfacialexpressionandreadthecuestobetterunderstandthesituation. For example, if a Rwandan owes another Rwandan some money, the money lender will never say give me back my money "mpa amafaranga yanjye." Instead they will say have you probably found the things " Mwaba mwabonye twatuntu?". The lender avoids mentioning money but calls it the things.
ThoughRwandaneighborsUganda,TanzaniaandCongowhich are reasonablyexpressivecultureRwandansarenoticeablynonexpressive.Rwandansrarelyexpresstheirutmostangernorhappiness. Therefore if you give a gift to a Rwanda do not expect a loud shout expressing happiness and gratitude. A simple "thank you very much" will be enough for them to express their deepest happiness. Likewise, if Rwandans are angry they never yell.
! Please note that this very high level cultural orientation. There are some who communicate differently depending on their education background, community and individual personalities.