speak the same language

speak the same language

 
1. Lit. [for two or more people] to communicate in a shared language. These two people don't speak the same language and need an interpreter.
2. Fig. [for people] to have similar ideas, tastes, etc. Jane and Jack get along very well. They really speak the same language about almost everything. Bob and his father didn't speak the same language when it comes to politics.
See also: language, same, speak

speak the same language

also speak somebody's language
to share similar beliefs and opinions Environmentalists and developers don't speak the same language. When we got down to planning where to go on our trip, I was glad we spoke the same language.
See also: language, same, speak

speak/talk the same language

if two people speak the same language, they have similar beliefs and opinions, and express themselves in similar ways There's no use setting up a meeting between the environmentalists and the construction company - they just don't speak the same language.
See It's all the same to me, be cut from the same cloth, be of like mind, sing the same tune, tar with the same brush, be on the same wavelength
See also: language, same, speak

speak the same language

Understand one another very well, agree with each other, as in Negotiations went on for days, but finally both sides realized they weren't speaking the same language . This term, alluding to literal understanding of spoken words, dates from the late 1800s.
See also: language, same, speak
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Patients receive better care when they and their providers speak the same language, according to a study in the November-December issue of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.
IT1-Bridging the Cultural Gap Between IT and Automation: How the ISA S95 Standard Enables People to Speak the Same Language Marc Leroux, ABB Inc
Paul can have fellowship with them because they are in spiritual unity with him; they speak the same language.
Even now it's hard even if you do speak the same language to understand each other.
The world's sport is played in every nook and cranny, and soccer coaches speak the same language.
When it comes to making business connections, it helps if Realtors and consumers speak the same language.
You desperately want to convey to someone that the new medication the doctor has prescribed for you seems to be making you dizzy and nauseous, but you can't tell anyone because you don't speak the same language as any of the nurses or nurse assistants - or, for that matter, anyone in the entire facility.
Even when negotiators and subjects speak the same language, a great deal of room for error still exists.
Antonio Torroni, a geneticist at Emory University in Atlanta, and his colleagues identified the presence or absence of 14 mitochondrial DNA sequences among members of seven Central American Indian tribes that speak the same language.
New Company, Led by Industry Veterans, Will Act as "Rosetta Stone," Helping Advertisers and Publishers Speak the Same Language Across Mobile Platforms
iPay's ability to speak the same language as our community financial institutions will be enhanced with John onboard," said Kelli Schultz, president.
Business people often feel victimized by their IT organizations, simply because the two departments do not speak the same language.
The ACORD standards help make doing business with our clients easier because we can speak the same language using the ACORD messages.
We all speak the same language and share a common goal so focused to a particular discreet methodology that you can't help but get involved.
By supporting SOAP/XML, the common communications standard for web services, F5's networking devices speak the same language that the applications themselves do to ensure they interoperate in harmony.