They're fun, they're exciting; they're tongue twisters! Just as the name suggests, tongue twisters are literally statements or sentences that twist your tongue. So basically, tongue twisters are one of the few types of wordplay that exist in every language. The English language itself has a lot of these that are extremely popular among speakers of all ages. Also, there are some tongue twisters that are short and some that are long. This article will make you familiar with both the types and introduce a fun way of learning English, further improving your spoken English skills.
The art of grasping fun English tongue twisters:
A tongue twister is nothing but a sequence of words that is difficult to pronounce correctly and quickly. And if you are wondering whether you have reached the stage where you can get it right, let me inform you that even native English speakers find it difficult to say it clearly and correctly.
Popular short tongue twisters:
1. A proper copper coffee pot.
2. Around the rugged rocks the ragged rascals ran.
3. Long legged ladies last longer.
4. Mixed biscuits, mixed biscuits.
5. A box of biscuits, a box of mixed biscuits and a biscuit mixer!
6. Pink lorry, yellow lorry.
7. Red leather, yellow leather, red leather, yellow leather.
8. She sells sea-shells on the sea-shore.
9. The sixth sick Sheik's sixth sheep is sick.
10. Three grey geese in green fields grazing.
Popular long tongue twisters:
1. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper.
Did Peter Piper pick a peck of pickled pepper?
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper,
Where's the peck of pickled pepper Peter Piper picked?
2. Swan swam over the pond,
Swim, swan swim!
Swan swam back again -Well swum swan!
3. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck?
If a woodchuck would chuck wood?
A woodchuck would chuck all the wood he could chuck.
If a woodchuck would chuck wood.
4. I thought a thought. But the thought I thought wasn't the thought I thought I thought.
If the thought I thought I thought had been the thought I thought, I wouldn't have thought so much.
5. A certain young fellow named Beebee
Wished to marry a lady named Phoebe
"But," he said. "I must see
What the minister's fee be
Before Phoebe be Phoebe Beebee"
6. A tutor who tooted the flute
Tried to tutor two tooters to toot
Said the two to the tutor
"Is it tougher to toot
Or to tutor two tooters to toot?"
7. A skunk sat on a stump.
The stump thought the skunk stunk.
The skunk thought the stump stunk.
What stunk the skunk or the stump?
8. If one doctor doctors another doctor
Does the doctor who doctors the doctor
Doctor the doctor the way the doctor, he is doctoring doctors?
Or does the doctor doctor the way
The doctor who doctors, doctors?
9. Silly Sally swiftly shooed seven silly sheep.
The seven silly sheep Silly Sally shooed
These sheep shouldn't sleep in a shack;
Sheep should sleep in a shed.
10. A flea and a fly in a flue
Said the fly "Oh what should we do"
Said the flea" Let us fly
Said the fly, "Let us flee"
So they flew through a flaw in the flue.
As an English language learner, it is vital for you to understand that listening to tongue twisters is one effective way of improving your English pronunciation. So, having some fun as a course of your language learning session, isn't a bad deal indeed.
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