A Cockney accent is one of the many British dialects, and is commonly associated with the East End of London. If you want to try out a Cockney accent, you only need to make a few simple changes, no matter where you’re from!
Why not try Cockney Rhyming Slang!
Cockney rhyming slang was first used by cockneys in the East End of London. It is now understood widely in London and throughout Britain. Market traders, costermongers and street hawkers invented it in London in the 1840s and it was designed to disguise or code what was being said from passers-by or law enforcement.
Although mainly associated with the East End of London, today Cockney rhyming slang phrases have entered the British Lexicon and many are still used in London and indeed all around Britain.
How does Cockney rhyming slang work?
Cockney rhyming slang phrases are derived from taking an expression, which rhymes with a word, and then using that expression instead of the word. For example, the word “look” rhymes with “butcher’s hook”. So you won’t find too many Londoners having a “butcher’s hook” at this site, but you might find a few having a “butcher’s”.
What is a Cockney?
A true Cockney is someone born within the sound of Bow Bells. (St Mary-le-Bow Church in Cheapside, London).
However the term Cockney is now loosely applied to many born outside this area as long as they have a “Cockney” accent or a Cockney heritage.
KEY LEARNING POINTS
- You will discover how words are replaced with rhyming phrases and how the second part of the phrase is omitted
- You will learn to introduce yourself and others in Cockney
- Discover the slang used for the greetings of the day
- Talk about food and drink
- Discuss your surroundings and talk about countries
- Ask and tell the time
- Use the numbers 1-20
- Implement colours into your conversation
- Exchange your contact details
ADVANTAGES OF THIS COURSE
- You will enjoy British TV programs so much more as you understand how Cockney expressions are now widely used in the UK.
- This course will most definitely be your saviour around London, especially if you end up in a London black cab, face-to-face with a real-life Cockney.
- Learning another language is fun and to be able to speak in several dialects is a rewarding experience
- Learn Cockney and you can also enjoy the benefit of concealing information just like the market traders did in the 19th Century
- You will reap the rewards of long-term health benefits. Research has demonstrated the cognitive benefits of learning another language, no matter how old you are.
Improved memory, longer attention span, and a reduced risk of age-related cognitive decline, are just a few of the known encouraging effects of speaking two or more languages.