NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) -A Nashville man says he’s failed his driver’s license test 14 times, but it’s not because he doesn’t know the material.
The written portion of the state’s driving test is offered in five languages: English, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, and German. Despite being a widely spoken language in our state, Arabic is not offered. That’s causing big issues for one Nashville man.
Traveling on foot is one of the few ways Nagi Abaza gets around, book and bag in tow.
Inside the bag is a driver’s manual. Abaza’s New Jersey license expired a few years ago, but he needs a Tennessee license now.
“The main reason, I got a good chance with Amazon. $31 an hour,” says Abaza.
To become a delivery driver, Abaza needs to pass a written test at a Drivers Services Center. He says he knows that place well.
“Everybody knows my name already,” he says. “You know why? Because there are more than 14 times, I’ve not passed the test.”
Abaza’s first language is Arabic, a language Tennessee doesn’t offer for the test.
“Believe me, I study very well,” Abaza says. “But believe me the questions come in like (throws punch). I want to explain but the language is not allowing me to explain what the problems are in the DM test.”
I got my first America DL in Nashville way back in the early 80s when I was still learning the language as an adult. I took the test in English and passed it the first time, why? because I studied both the language and the manual like the Holy Scriptures 2 minutes before meeting my Maker. You failed 14 time? It ain’t the language, habib, you are dumb as a frigging rock.
And a word of advice my dear friend: Translated tests tend to suck and make no sense in the language they allegedly are aimed to serve. If there was an offering in Arabic, you’d probably fail that too and then bitch because racism.