Korean-Mexican Slang

David Bowles
5 min readNov 27, 2022

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.