Now that your Smartphone app is helping you try a little Spanish, your workers may be more likely to attempt a little English as well. Being in the United States, workers have the advantage of hearing more English from day to day, than you will Spanish. Often, fear keeps employees from trying out their English. One producer has been successful by paying a $50 per month bonus to workers who speak English. And he is the one who determines if their English is good enough. Paying the tuition for workers who want to take a conversational or English as a second language class may also be effective.
Learning Spanish, or another language, then, takes commitment. Getting started with farm vocabulary and polite expressions is a more reasonable goal and can be a lot of fun. After initial success, more difficult goals may be attained.
Source: Gregorio Billikopf, University of California