When focusing on particular English sounds, a tongue twister can be a nice way to practice. If your class sees tongue twisters as a fun speaking challenge, add them to a lesson from time to time.
Tongue twisters are by definition hard to say, so the most important practice is slow practice. After repeating and practicing slowly for a few minutes, try to say the thing quickly a few times just for fun.
Here are some tongue twisters that I like.
- Red leather yellow leather (repeat).
- Unique New York (repeat).
- Six thick thistle sticks.
- Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
- She sells sea shells by the sea shore.
- I thought of thinking of thanking you.
- I think I thought of thinking of thanking you.
- How much wood would a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck would?
- A big black bug bit a big black bear, made the big black bear bleed blood.
- Betty Botter bought some butter. But, she said, “This butter’s bitter. If I had some better butter, that would make my batter better.”
Any other tongue twisters that you like? Leave them in the comments.