Mexican Super Slang!

Event Phone: (805) 380-6823

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  • April 24 Session
    April 24, 2021
    2:00 am - 6:00 am
  • April 28 Session
    April 28, 2021
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • May 12 Session
    May 12, 2021
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • May 15 Session
    May 15, 2021
    2:00 am - 6:00 am
  • May 31 Session
    May 31, 2021
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • July 5 Session
    July 5, 2021
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm


As in every community around the world, criminal groups in Mexico have developed a system of communication to identify each other. Caló from Mexico (AKA Caliche) stems from the combination of Spanish and other languages and a specific interpretation of words, also known as double entendre. This system was originally developed as a code for criminals to communicate amongst them to help avoiding law enforcement. However, its use has become more present in the larger community and today is seen as a sociolect stemmed from the interaction of a group of people.

This class is taught completely in Spanish.

This session will cover:

  • the origins and development of Caló from Mexico,
  • differences and similarities with Caló Chicano,
  • use in Mexican popular culture and Mexican-American enclaves in the US,
  • the most common terms used in Mexico and the US.


After this class, participants will

  • be familiarized with Caló from Mexico
  • understand and differentiate between Caló in Mexico and Caló Chicano
  • be able to translate/interpret Caló

Instructor: Lorena Pike, MA, CCI

Participants will earn 4 California CIMCE. Approved by ATA for 4 CEPs.

CCHI instructional hours are pending approval.