Tackling Tonguing Tough Tongue Twisters!

Tongue "stucker" or twister?

Tongue “stucker” or twister?

Today, let’s have some fun with tongue twisters. Besides fun, we can also help ourselves become better at pronunciation. Fun pronouncing to improve pronunciation. Wow!

First, here are a few short ones to warm us up.


Red lorry, yellow lorry.
Unique New York
Greek grapes
he epitome of femininity
Which wristwatches are Swiss wristwatches?

Red lorry, yellow lorry

Unique New York

Greek grapes

The epitome of femininity

Which wristwatches are Swiss wristwatches?

Supposedly, the toughest little tongue twister in the english language is:

“the sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick.”

What do you think?

Some well known tongue twisters are “short poems.”

A skunk sat on a stump and thunk the stump stunk, but the stump thunk the skunk stunk.

Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.

She stood on the balcony, inexplicably mimicking him hiccoughing, and amicably welcoming him home.

Some can be a little “dirty.”

I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit; and on the slitted sheet I sit.

One smart fellow; he felt smart. Two smart fellows; they felt smart. Three smart fellows; they all felt smart.

Some “well known ones” are from longer poems.
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
Did Peter Piper pick a peck of pickled peppers?
If Peter Piper Picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

She sells seashells by the seashore.
The shells she sells are surely seashells.
So if she sells shells on the seashore,
I’m sure she sells seashore shells.

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 as a woodchuck would
If a woodchuck could chuck wood.

Mr. See owned a saw.
And Mr. Soar owned a seesaw.
Now, See’s saw sawed Soar’s seesaw
Before Soar saw See,
Which made Soar sore.
Had Soar seen See’s saw
Before See sawed Soar’s seesaw,
See’s saw would not have sawed
Soar’s seesaw.
So See’s saw sawed Soar’s seesaw.
But it was sad to see Soar so sore
just because See’s saw sawed
Soar’s seesaw.

Is there any value to tongue twisters? In other words, other than fun, do tongue twisters help us in any way? Yes!

Teaching poetry to children is one value of tongue twisters. They serve as attention grabbers and help children to keep their focus on the lesson.

When learning another language, tongue twisters may help. They force the mind to concentrate on pronunciation.

Perhaps, the greatest value is “having fun with language.” Learning is a joyous and fulfilling experience. Tongue twisters can make it “funner.” (more fun:-)

How about a tongue twisting comment from you?grab-small-r21

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