Don’t assume that a person doesn’t speak English simply because no one else in his company does.
I wanted to give my gardener Julio some instructions about cutting down some bushes, but all I’ve ever heard him say in English is “One hundred dollars for the month. You pay Monday.”
So, I asked my coworker how to say what I want him to do in Spanish. She wrote it out phonetically, I practiced in front of her and I really had it down. So, Monday morning comes along and I went outside as soon as I saw someone in my yard. As I approached him, I noticed that this man was not Julio; but, obviously he’s the substitute gardener for the day. I walked up to him and gave him my spiel. “Hola! Por favor, puede blah blah blah.” I was so proud of myself because I thought I sounded really good.
He looked at me, pulled his handkerchief down from his mouth and said, “So, you just want me to level out the bushes, lady?”
I felt like an idiot.