Our Savvy online colloquial dictionary
He who travels far knows much
Street Talk Savvy is an online worldwide slang dictionary that gets your foot in the door to be able to converse with the locals in that particular country and/or language and to be able to have a fun time with them.
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We share our story through Communication; the interesting world of global slang and the fun ways in which they express themselves
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The Idea Behind the Street Talk dictionary
My idea for a colloquial dictionary started about 8 years ago I was staying for most of the summer on the surf coast of France. I had met 2 other Aussie travellers and we had formed a group.
On a weekend away to visit a friend 2hrs away in Spain, I came back to find a group of German-speaking girls had become invited guests of our embassy. 2 Germans and a Swiss girl. They were talking German amongst themselves and we were speaking English amongst ourselves. Being able to understand German I could hear and understand their conversation, and I started to interrupt it in German, with timely used funny phrases. After a few times realising that it was no bit of luck I could interrupt their conversation, and fit a funny phrase in context with it, they asked me who I was and why I could speak German. It’s not always so hard to do if you have German parents..
I had also studied French and when a friend came past he said hello to me, I said hello back and something funny to him. The Swiss girl, understood that, and laughed. She then inquired why she hadn’t met me before, so I told her I was visiting a friend in Spain that weekend. She then asked if I could speak Spanish so I told her something funny I knew in Spanish.
She then told me I should write some of that funny stuff down. The next day when us boys had come back from our surfing expedition they had brought us all presents. A magic wand for the Noosa boy. A barbie doll for the north shore Sydney boy, and myself a book to write in.
The next few nights Mari Mau and myself, wrote everything funny thing down in any language that we could think of. As the summer went along, various other travellers added to my new dictionary. And many people who saw it in between told me that it was so good that I should publish it. So here it is today, I share my good times, memories and friends contributions with you.
I would like to thank all those who helped Mari Mau for getting the idea started, Grega etc and the many others who helped me with the many phrases I have collected.
Feel free to join in
You’re more than welcome to join in on the experience. Have you got travel anecdotes and experiences worth adding to our blog comments? Have you got any interesting colloquial phrases or words from languages you know to add to this website. Well, feel free to contribute to this site. Don’t be shy we’d like to hear from you.