English is London’s primary language, although approximately 300 languages
are now spoken in this multi-cultural city. The English that is spoken in London
today is a hybrid incorporating borrowed foreign words, traditional cockney
rhyming slang and a standard south-eastern accent. In some parts of London English
is now the second language for the majority of residents. A difficult and illogical
language to learn anyway, the English language in London is in constant flux
as it is influenced by new ideas and communities.