Tongue Twisters

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.

  1. Red leather yellow leather (repeat).
  2. Unique New York (repeat).
  3. Six thick thistle sticks.
  4. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
  5. She sells sea shells by the sea shore.
  6. I thought of thinking of thanking you.
  7. I think I thought of thinking of thanking you.
  8. How much wood would a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck would?
  9. A big black bug bit a big black bear, made the big black bear bleed blood.
  10. 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.

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