Which of these 10 English tongue twisters can you say flawlessly?
Tongue Twisters may seem silly and completely irrelevant to Spoken English but they are an excellent tool to improve pronunciation, diction and clarity of speech.
Tongue Twisters are not just about speed but also about clarity. They need you to be precise and accurate.
We often focus only on English grammar while learning to speak English. However, there are many aspects of good Spoken English like pronunciation, grammar, diction and vocabulary that we should also pay attention to.
The best way to practise tongue twisters is by first trying them slowly and then increasing your speed with every practice. This is a unique way to practise English. The key to this practice is repetition. The more often you repeat the tongue twister, the better you get at it.
Tongue Twisters can also be used to practise English words that sound similar but need clearly for the listener to understand. You can even improve your vocabulary through tongue twisters.
Here’s a list of 10 English Tongue Twisters ranging from easy to difficult to perfect in your free time:
- She sees cheese
- Eddie edited it
- Six Sticky Skeletons
- Thin sticks, thick bricks
- Red lorry, yellow lorry
Let’s step it up a notch.
- She sells seashells by the seashore.
- I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit, and on the slitted sheet I sit.
You are in the big leagues now.
- 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.
- Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers; A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked; If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
- Betty Botter bought some butter but, said she, the butter’s bitter.
If I put it in my batter, it will make my batter bitter.
But a bit of better butter will make my bitter batter better.
So she bought some better butter, better than the bitter butter,
put it in her bitter batter, made her bitter batter better.
So Betty Botter bought some better butter.
How many did you try? Keep practising to make your English better!