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Tongue twisters!

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Tongue twisters are word games which are fantastic to improve your pronunciation when speaking English! Tongue twisters are phrases (which are often difficult to say!) and which use a certain sound. You must repeat them as quickly as possible whilst still making sure you are speaking clearly.

I love to practice tongue twisters with my English classes, and my students love to compete with each other to say a tongue twister the fastest. In return, some of them have taught me some in their language! They find it hilarious when I struggle over the French sounds, and they make fun of each other when they struggle over the English sounds too!

Try repeating the following tongue twisters to yourself. If you aren’t sure about the sounds, search for clips on the internet - there are lots of funny clips of people getting them wrong!

My favourite tongue twister is:
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
The repetition of the ‘w’ and the ‘ch’ sounds can be very tricky.

Other tongue twisters include:

- Red lorry, yellow lorry. Red lorry, yellow lorry. Red lorry, yellow lorry.

- Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers

- She sells sea shells on the sea shore. The shells that she sells are sea shells I’m sure. So if she sells sea shells on the sea shore, then I’m sure she sells sea shore shells!

- Two toads totally tired trying to trot to Tetbury

Here is a link to some people talking about the ‘hardest tongue twister in the world’! The men in the video speak very quickly with American accents, so you may need to watch it a few times to fully understand what they are saying: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDE2ynfVxqY

Here are some of the tongue twisters they mention in the video:

- Toy boat, toy boat, toy boat, toy boat

- Top cop, top cop, top cop, top cop

- Sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick

- Pad kid poured curd pulled cod

Note from editor: Have a look at the Tongue Twister section on our Kids website: http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/tongue-twisters You can listen to lots of tongue twisters and practise saying them.

Discussion

Do you know any other English tongue twisters? Do you have any tongue twisters in your language?

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Sorry420 20 January, 2017 - 10:40

My Favorite Tongue Twister I am plai with my little Sister.

Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear,
Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair,
Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn't very fuzzy,
was he?

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hadia 23 June, 2016 - 16:58

Hehehe........
Here's a new one........I just read it :P
"I wish to wish the wish you wish to wish, but if you wish to wish the witch wishes, I won't wish the wish you wish to wish"...
Aaa!!!
It's a difficult task to say it fluently......
How can I say this?
I wish wish wish........hehehe :D

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hadia 20 January, 2017 - 16:05

Hi Alice!!
Cool! I read my comment again. And you're right. It's quite easy to say. He he.
BTW. Your name shows your love for the movie.
Alice in the Wonderland. :)))
Best wishes.

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Elsa007 24 June, 2016 - 15:10

Hi hadia!
This one is easy for me! I could say it without stammer!✨
Gimmy gimmy gimmy more goody goody game for me, hadia!:D

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hadia 25 June, 2016 - 09:23

Wohooo!
Lucky you.....! Hm......I guess I can say it now as well....
Well, Elsa, I 've been searching for some tricky tongue twisters for days.....Just for fun :P
I found this one....
“I slit a sheet, a sheet I slit. Upon the slitted sheet I sit."
He he he.......It's an easy one though..... A few times practice makes you perfect....
But recently I learned about this one.....it makes no sense but I found it difficult to speak....I tried several times but at last was able to speak....only two times in a row...ah ha ha
I read it, yesterday on a site,
“Pad kid poured curd pulled cold.”
Try it....Lem'me know if you make through it??
Best Of luck :)

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tdclover 22 June, 2016 - 15:39

I find these sentences interesting. Anyone tried them?
Do tongue twisters twist your tongue?
A tidy tiger tied a tie tighter to her tidy tiny tail.

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Elsa007 23 June, 2016 - 11:25

Oh no!!
I stammered at "tighter"!!
"P" is easier than "T" for me like "Peter piper! ! ✨

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Emperor 4 February, 2016 - 12:09

I love tongue twisters and I know a lot. So check this out.......
"Which wristwatches are Swiss wristwatches?"

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Elsa007 23 August, 2015 - 08:24

Oh no…! What a long tongue the giraffe has!!
They won't be able to master tongue-twisters!
You know what? Their tongues are much stronger than we think!
When I was younger, I visited a safari park with my family and when I tried to feed a banana from the window of the car, I was so frightened at the strength!!

I liked the tree
So I licked it
Licky likey
licky likey…..

-Giraffe ツ

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hadia 1 May, 2015 - 12:24

Hey! I have many:
A big black bug bit a big black bear ,made the big black bear bleed blood.
which witch wished which wicked wish.
A good cook could cook good good.
and the one you have wrote in the blog I have heard like this
the sixth sick sikh's sixth sheep is sick.

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Elsa007 2 May, 2015 - 04:12

Ha ha ha! Great! They're all tough! The most difficult one for me is 'A good cook....' I can't say that without breaks!! How fast can you, Hadia??

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hadia 2 May, 2015 - 17:46

hi Elsa007!
i'm happy you like them. Actually I've many! I wrote them in my diary years ago and when i read this article i remembered that I've also written few! The one you said was the difficult one , i mistakenly wrote wrong from end it was ..............good food but i wrote good good! I hope you understand . Well! Even I practiced a lot but still i'm unable to say fluently .....must try again and again ( actually it sounds like we are a cock when we speak it....cook cook cook) hahaha

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Elsa007 5 May, 2015 - 12:50

Hi Hadia, hahaha! You set the bar higher, didn't you?! :) Okay, I was able to say it better than before as the sentence makes sense this time! ……Well, well, well, we wonder why we're a wee weird within our working!
……Cock-a-doodle-doo!! :)))

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hadia 7 May, 2015 - 08:14

Hi Elsa007!
hahaha! rightly said!.......Well, the sound of a cockerel is very funny! Cock-a-doodle-doo!!! hahha!

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MALINE 15 June, 2014 - 03:20

I remember one! Two witches are watching two watches but wich witch is watching wich watch?

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MALINE 15 June, 2014 - 03:18

There are a lot of tongue twisters in México like Pepe pecas pica papas con un pico,this is an easy one.

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Jonathan - Coor... 17 May, 2014 - 12:57

Hi egp2eamp. Thanks for your comment but please don't write all in CAPITALS as this is hard to read and seems like you are shouting. Thanks :)
Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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ayahiba200 10 May, 2014 - 11:22

This one is nice:
Betty bought a bit of batter to make her butter better but the bit of batter Betty bought was a bit bitter.

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cranberry 1 April, 2014 - 20:36

One of my favourite tongue twisters are "She sells sea shells on the sea shore" and "big blue bubble"

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Lorriee 31 March, 2014 - 14:59

My favourite tongue-twister is: "The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain" from My fair Lady. :)

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RAGSANA99 3 March, 2014 - 17:13

I like tongue twister especially:
Peter piper picked a peck of pickeld pepper........

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Harabeli Supersweet 21 February, 2014 - 18:12

Yes, I have read some really interesting tongue twisters in English, like "How many hair styles would Harry Styles style if Harry Styles could style hair?". I think it's funny. There are so many tongue twisters in Albanian, but they're so hard for me, even harder than the English ones, because I can't speak fast.

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Lilian 16 February, 2014 - 06:18

It's difficult but so interesting!
I learned some sentences a long time ago, which I got from my little brothers.
I think I remember one that says, "How many candy cans can a candy canner can candy cans if he is a candy canner?" and one that says, "Betty bought a butter but the butter was bitter so Betty bought a new butter to make the bitter butter better."

I will surely google for more tongue twisters!

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Niluh 11 February, 2014 - 13:55

Oh my god they're absolutely difficult! I have to be careful for every words i say, cause they have different meanings. I think one of the hardest English tongue twisters is "Can you can a can as a canner can can a can?" i don't even know what the meaning is.
I have some tongue twisters too in my language, but my favourite are "Kakak, kok kuku-kuku kaki-kaki kakak-kakak ku kok kaku-kaku kak?" and "Ular melingkar di atas pagar bundar-bundar".

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justcricketforme 11 February, 2014 - 13:07

We have two really hard ones in our language. I now these:
-Sheena leads, Shelia needs
-Six sleek swans swam swiftly southwards
-Which wristwatch is a Swiss wristwatch?

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