Nasir takes pride in Arabic heritage

By Ally Hartwyk '15

            In the United States, there are approximately 42% of American citizens who can speak Arabic since 2000 according to Wikipedia. In West Deptford High School, there is a student who can speak fluent Arabic and English.

“I am originally from Morocco, but I was born in the United States,” says high school sophomore Abe Nasir. “It’s pretty cool to know how to speak another language because you can do things other people can’t. I can go to other countries and translate Arabic for other people who do not know English that well.”

Not only is Abe Nasir familiar with Morocco, but he also visits other places like Spain with his family. “It’s pretty fun to be able to travel. When I go home, I take part to similar activities to what I do in the U.S.”

Nasir feels it’s hard for immigrants from Morocco in the U.S. Americans have more privileges than from other countries do. It’s very hard for immigrants to become successful in America and that’s why Nasir is happy to be born in the U.S.

Nasir has the same lifestyle in America that he has in Morocco except for the language and culture. Those who grow up in the Moroccan culture usually eat lots of vegetables and meats. There is a lot of praying in Morocco. Every Friday at noon people pray and practice their religion.

“A good thing about speaking another language is that I get to travel to different places like Casablanca and Spain,” Nasir says. “A bad part about being able to speak another language is that people tend to laugh and it gets embarrassing because I’m not like everyone else. I’m different, so it’s easy for others to tease me.”

Being able to speak a second language is easy for Nasir and it has its benefits. “The fact that I can speak another language is very useful because right now I am getting extra credit for translating for people some times. It will also be easier to find a job knowing how to speak two languages,” says Nasir.

Nasir is happy that he has been exposed to two cultures. “My culture is very interesting because it’s different from what other people in America are used to,” says Nasir.