I recently read something like:
Mr X was able to get the job even though his English is awful.
In the above, suppose the background is Mr X landing a job for which good English skills were a requirement.
My first reaction was that the sentence was quite offensive. It felt like if the writer was "looking down" at Mr X, and did not sound very different than "Mr X sucks at English".
But then I realized that I actually might be wrong. I suppose the word "awful" by itself does not have an offensive connotation, and maybe that might be just a neutral statement to express that Mr X's skills are very bad.
If it depends on the context, could you give some examples? Thank you.
PS. Hope it's not an opinion-based question, but hopefully not. If so, please suggest how to improve.