Korean-Mexican Slang

For the past couple of years, as I’ve slowly been studying Korean, my sneaky little brain has been noticing correspondences with my own dialect of Mexican Spanish … which have led to my making mash-ups between the two languages. I call this hybrid Hanmegsiko Kaló or Korean-Mexican Slang.

Here are some examples I first shared on Twitter.

I say we take Korean slang word 콜 (kol, “okay, cool”) and mash it up with the synonymous Mexican slang word “órale” to make 콜아래 (kórale).



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David Bowles

A Mexican American author & translator from South Texas. Teaches literature & Nahuatl at UTRGV. VP of the Texas Institute of Letters.