Lost in translation is a common problem as the English language has so many words to say so much; same, same, but different. Plenty of ways to say things, but if you’re not proficient it can be messed up. Somehow, though, it’ll be understood. Most of these are from a recent journey to Southeast Asia.
Anything by these authors is a good read: Dennis LeHane, Rick Mofina,James Lee Burke, Dan Fesperman, Martin Cruz Smith, and Elmore Leonard.