Tongue twisters are the best way to strengthen your English skills. It has been proven that when you try tongue twisters it helps to clarify the pronunciation of words. Furthermore, it strengthens and stretches the muscles which you use to talk. (Who thought you had to exercise your mouth?).
It also shows you what sounds and words you have difficulty pronouncing. It warms up your speaking skill. You will notice that public speakers and performers always speak tongue twisters before they enter the stage.
Read on to learn more about tongue twisters in English for students.
What is Tongue Twisters in English?
Tongue twisters are a series of sounds or words that are generally hard to pronounce correctly and quickly. Such as ‘Peter Piper picked pecks of pickled peppers.’ Tongue twisters can even be difficult to speak or pronounce for the native English speakers. You can practice the tongue twisters in a fun way.
All you need to do is speak the words out loud, but rather than focusing on the speed, speak slowly and correctly.
Tongue Twisters in English
Given below are some famous tongue twisters in English:
# 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?
# Betty Botter bought some butter
But she said the butter’s bitter
If I put it in my batter, it will make my batter bitter
But a bit of better butter will make my batter better
So ‘twas better Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter
# How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
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
# Good blood, bad blood (x3)
# Pre-shrunk silk shirts (x3)
# Ed had edited it. (x3)
# We surely shall see the sunshine soon.
# Which wristwatches are Swiss wristwatches?
# Fred fed Ted bread, and Ted fed Fred bread
# I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit, and on the slitted sheet I sit
# A skunk sat on a stump and thunk the stump stunk, but the stump thunk the skunk stunk
# Lesser leather never weathered wetter weather better
# Of all the vids I’ve ever viewed, I’ve never viewed a vid as valued as Alex’s engVid vid
English Tongue Twisters
Given below are a few easy English tongue twisters for beginners:
# She sells seashells by the seashore
# How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?
# I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream
# I saw Susie sitting in a shoeshine shop
Susie works in a shoeshine shop.
# Where she shines she sits, and where she sits she shines
# Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear. Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair. Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t fuzzy, was he?
# Can you can a can as a canner can can a can?
# I have got a date at a quarter to eight; I’ll see you at the gate, so don’t be late
# You know New York, you need New York, you know you need unique New York
# I saw a kitten eating chicken in the kitchen
If a dog chews shoes, whose shoes does he choose?
# I thought I thought of thinking of thanking you
# I wish to wash my Irish wristwatch
# Near an ear, a nearer ear, a nearly eerie ear
# Eddie edited it
# Willie’s really weary
# A big black bear sat on a big black rug
Tongue Twisters in English for Students
Given below are some tongue twisters in English for students to try with their friends and learn in a fun way:
# Tom threw Tim three thumbtacks
# He threw three free throws
# Nine nice night nurses nursing nicely
# So, this is the sushi chef
# Four fine fresh fish for you
# Wayne went to wales to watch walruses
# Six sticky skeletons (x3)
# Which witch is which? (x3)
# Snap crackle pop (x3)
# Flash message (x3)
# Red Buick, blue Buick (x3)
# Red lorry, yellow lorry (x3)
# Thin sticks, thick bricks (x3)
# Stupid superstition (x3)
# Eleven benevolent elephants (x3)
# Two tried and true tridents (x3)
# Rolling red wagons (x3)
# Black back bat (x3)
# She sees cheese (x3)
# Truly rural (x3)
Tongue Twisters in English Explained
A series or sentence of words in English that are difficult to speak correctly is known as a tongue twister. Youngsters love tongue twisters and play with their friends to try to speak them quickly many times in a row. For English students, tongue twisters are a fun means to work on one or two words or sounds at a time to get the pronunciation correct.
Begin by saying the tongue twister patiently, then try to speak fast. Once you can speak a tongue twister through, make an effort to speak it 2 or 3 times in a row for a bigger challenge. Tongue twisters in English are explained below:
|Tongue twister||Words/Sounds emphasized||Difficulty (for a native speaker)|
|Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. How many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?||P||Easy|
|Frivolously fanciful Fannie fried fresh fish furiously||F||Easy|
|How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?||wood & chuck (means: throw)||Easy|
|To begin to toboggan first buy a toboggan, but don’t buy too big a toboggan. Too big a toboggan is too big a toboggan to buy to begin to toboggan.||B and T||Easy|
|Can you can a can as a canner can can a can?||Can||Easy|
|Give papa a cup of proper coffee in a copper coffee cup.||C and P||Medium|
|Seventy-seven benevolent elephants||L and V||Medium|
|A loyal warrior will rarely worry why we rule.||L and R||Medium|
|Drew Dodd’s dad’s dog’s dead.||D||Medium|
|She sells seashells by the seashore.||S and Sh||Hard|
|Which witch switched the Swiss wristwatches?||W, S and Ch||Hard|
|She saw Sharif’s shoes on the sofa. But was she so sure those were Sharif’s shoes she saw?||S and Sh||Easy|
|Black background, brown background||B||Medium|
|The chic Sikh’s sixty-sixth sheep is sick||S and K||Medium|
|A pessimistic pest exists amidst us.||S and St||Medium|
English Tongue Twisters Hard
The language of English is a vast language that is filled with sayings that can get people’s tongues twisted. Given below are a few hard English tongue twisters that are impossible to pronounce fluently, they are:
# Pad kid poured curd pulled cod.
# Brisk brave brigadiers brandished broad bright blades, blunderbusses, and bludgeons—balancing them badly.
# If you must cross a course cross cow across a crowded cow crossing, cross the cross coarse cow across the crowded cow crossing carefully.
# How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?
# Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager managing an imaginary menagerie.
# Send toast to ten tense stout saints’ ten tall tents.
# Rory the warrior and Roger the worrier were reared wrongly in a rural brewery.
# Six sick hicks nick six slick bricks with picks and sticks.
# I wish to wish the wish you wish to wish, but if you wish the wish the witch wishes, I won’t wish the wish you wish to wish.
# The thirty-three thieves thought that they thrilled the throne throughout Thursday.
# The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick.
# Can you can a canned can into an un-canned can like a canner can can a canned can into an un-canned can?
# Thirty-three thirsty, thundering thoroughbreds thumped Mr. Thurber on Thursday.
# Six sleek swans swam swiftly southwards.
How to Practise Tongue Twisters?
Tongue twisters in English are a collection of phrases or words that are hard to speak correctly. They are moreover an incredible tool for English language learners to utilize to practise their English accent.
These fun words can be tough for even native speakers, with incoherent alliteration and mixtures of the same words. Practising these demanding phrases out loud will enable you to get the droop of several sounds and get your pronunciation correct.
You need to start by speaking the tongue twister slowly, reciting it and then developing up the speed. Attempt to speak the tongue twister some times in a row, as quickly as possible, for a bigger challenge. Practise tongue twisters many times a day and you will see the difference and you can notice the improvement in your pronunciation.
In the above article, we discussed how tongue twisters can help you improve your pronunciation skills. Hopefully, it helps you enhance your English speaking skills. For more fun learning ways of the English language join the Fluent Life. You don’t have to learn in a boring way anymore, join the Fluent Life and make learning more fun.