I’m writing about a character who has a poor grasp of the English language. He speaks Italian (written in English), but is taken to an English speaking country where he doesn’t quite understand everything being said. I was thinking writing words he doesn’t understand like this: “You use the ---- for ---- and ----. Do you understand?” I thought of doing it like that because him not understanding is sometimes vital to the plot, and the reader knowing what is being said ruins the joke/suspense. Is that a bad idea? It won’t be happening often (mostly in the first chapters before his English is improved), but I’m worried it can still be perceived as somewhat annoying. Does anyone have better ideas?