We are going to twist your tongue today because we’ve collected some tongue twisters to improve your English pronunciation.
What are tongue twisters?
a sequence of words or sounds that are difficult to pronounce quickly and correctly. For example, World Wide Web.
Before we practise some tongue twisters with you, we’d like to recommend italki to you because we think italki can help you improve your English.
Some tongue twisters are very old and/or well known:
She sells seashells by the seashore.
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
(A “peck” is an archaic measurement for food)
Some are newer or less well known, or you can simply make up your own with any number of words:
Seth at Sainsbury’s sells thick socks.
All I want is a proper cup of coffee,
Made in a proper copper coffee pot
Good blood, bad blood
I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit, and on the slitted sheet I sit.
Elizabeth’s birthday is on the third Thursday of this month
Six sticky skeletons.
I saw a kitten eating chicken in the kitchen.
So, this is the sushi chef
Eddie edited it
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? (woodchucks are small animals like beavers – marmota, castor
He would chuck, he would, as much as he could, and chuck as much wood,
as a woodchuck would if a woodchuck could chuck wood.
I wish to wash my Irish wristwatch
Sometimes using homophones or homonyms can add to the play on words:
Which witch switched the Swiss wristwatches?
Posh Polish police polish poles (NB. They don’t polish Poles with a capital ‘P’- Polish people!)
She seldom sells seven silver shiny seashells by the sandy seashore.
There are a few notorious tongue twisters which could go badly wrong, especially if you’ve had a few drinks.
“I’m not a pheasant plucker, I’m the pheasant plucker’s son. And I’m only plucking pheasants ’till the pheasant plucker comes!”
(a pheasant, a bird – faisán; to pluck – to remove feathers from a bird)
Why not make up your own tongue twister and send it to us?
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English.
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