London’s second languages and their speakers


It is easy to think that citizens of the UK are way behind other Europeans in second language acquisition and learning. Let me take you by the hand, and lead you through the second languages of London, I’ll show you something that will make you change your mind. In this BBC video, Ed Lowther gives us an above-ground tour of London Underground’s famous Victoria line, with the main second languages at each stop being spoken. The accompanying article provides the perspectives of speakers of these languages on their localities of the big smoke.