...but the problems are the same.

I was in a phone meeting some time ago with a big Asian company to discuss their problems. They were eight participants, and only one spoke and understood English. So when I said something, the English speaking guy spoke their language and I didn't understand at all. And the same when they discussed things before telling me. The situation and meeting was very tricky and made me nervous and uneasy. Large distances in language, culture and geography... Until they told me about their problems. All of a sudden, the meeting was transformed into well-known territory.