Customers poured into Fatima's Halal Meat Market in the city of Bell. Behind the cash register, Latife Saleh, 40, rang up one man's purchase while a second yelled out an order in Spanish.
"Otra de asada," he said.
"Otra de asada, torta?" Saleh replied, prompting the man to nod.
Several feet away, a Lebanese woman placed an order with Leonardo Castañeda, a 45-year-old butcher who has worked six years at the market: a half a pound of kibbeh and housee.
Castañeda said it took him a while to learn a few words in Arabic before it became like a second language.
"You always learn the bad...