Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Tongue twisters are phrases, sentences or rhymes that present difficulties when we say them because they contain similar sounds. Here are a few examples for you to practice:
1 - Selfish shellfish.
2 - Three free throws.
3 - Please pay promptly.
4 - Strange strategic statistics.
5 - Twelve twins twirled twelve twigs.
6 - Which witch wished which wicked wish?
7 - Which wristwatches are Swiss wristwatches?
8 - The boot black bought the black boot back.
9 - Fred fed Ted bread, and Ted fed Fred bread.
10 - The two-twenty-two train tore through the tunnel.
11 - Give papa a cup of proper coffee in a copper coffee cup.
12 - Betty and Bob brought back blue balloons from the big bazaar.
13 - Thank the other three brothers of their father's mother's brother's side.
14 - A big black bug bit a big black bear, made the big black bear bleed blood.
15 - If a canner can can ten cans a day, how many cans can ten canners can today?
16 - If you tell Tom to tell a tongue-twister, his tongue will be twisted as tongue-twister twists tongues.
17 - A sailor went to sea to see what he could see. And all he could see was sea, sea, sea.
18 - I thought a thought.
But the thought I thought wasn't the thought
I thought I thought.
19 - She stood on the balcony inexplicably mimicking him hiccupping, and amicably welcoming him home.
20 - One-One was a racehorse.
Two-Two was one, too.
When One-One won one race,
Two-Two won one, too.
21 - How many cookies could a good cooker cook if a good cooker could cook cookies?
A good cooker could cook as much cookies as a good cooker who could cook cookies.
22 - 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.
23 - While we were walking, we were watching window washers wash Washington's windows with warm washing water.
24 - 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 he doctor the doctor the way the doctor who doctors doctors?
25 - Swan swam over the sea.
Swim, swan, swim!
Swan swam back again.
Well swum, swan!
26 - On mules we find two legs behind
and two we find before.
We stand behind before we find
what those behind be for.
27 – She sells sea shells by the sea shore.
The shells she sells are surely seashells.
So if she sells shells on the seashore,
She´s sure she sells seashore shells.
28 - There was a young fisher named Fischer
Who fished for a fish in a fissure.
The fish with a grin,
Pulled the fisherman in;
Now they're fishing the fissure for Fischer.
29 - You've no need to light a night-light
On a light night like tonight,
For a night-light's light's a slight light,
And tonight's a night that's light.
When a night's light, like tonight's light,
It is really not quite right
To light night-lights with their slight lights
On a light night like tonight.
30 - Ned Nott was shot and Sam Shott was not.
So it is better to be Shott than Nott.
Some say Nott was not shot.
But Shott says he shot Nott.
Either the shot Shott shot at Nott was not shot,
Or Nott was shot.
If the shot Shott shot shot Nott, Nott was shot.
But if the shot Shott shot shot Shott,
Then Shott was shot, not Nott.
However, the shot Shott shot shot not Shott, but Nott.
31 - Betty Botter had some butter,
"But," she said, "this butter's bitter.
If I bake this bitter butter,
it would make my batter bitter.
But a bit of better butter
that would make my batter better."
So she bought a bit of butter,
better than her bitter butter,
and she baked it in her batter,
and the batter was not bitter.
So it was better Betty Botter
bought a bit of better butter.
32 - A tree toad loved a she-toad
Who lived up in a tree.
He was a two-toed tree toad
But a three-toed toad was she.
The two-toed tree toad tried to win
The three-toed she-toad's heart,
For the two-toed tree toad loved the ground
That the three-toed tree toad trod.
But the two-toed tree toad tried in vain.
He couldn't please her whim.
From her tree toad bower
With her three-toed power
The she-toad vetoed him.