We’ve spent our growing years trying to get them right. Also, popular across all generations, these leave us tongue-tied. Yes! Tongue twisters. Quite literally, it means a phrase that is designed to be difficult to articulate properly and can be used as a type of spoken word game. They are crafted for kids and adults alike. Moreover, tongue twisters exist in multiple languages. Today let’s revisit our memories and go forward with some interesting and funny tongue twisters in English.
Advantages of tongue twisters
While we’ve mostly enjoyed saying them as a game, they’re used as a major tool in speech therapy too.
1. Proven to clarify the pronunciation of words.
2. Stretch and strengthen the muscles with which you speak.
3. Shows you what words and sounds you have trouble pronouncing.
4. If you’re a public speaker, then this is your workout!
Let’s visit some of the first tongue twisters in English
Betty Botter bought some butter; “But,” said she, “this butter’s bitter! If I put it in my batter, it will make my batter bitter. But a bit o’ better butter, will but make my batter better.” Then she bought a bit o’ butter, better than the bitter butter, Made her bitter batter better, so ’twas better Betty Botter bought a bit o’ better butter.
Phew! That one’s been a favorite, but don’t hold up…
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?
A little trivia, Peter and his pickled peppers first appeared in print in 1813, in a book written for perfecting your pronunciation.
20 Handpicked tongue twisters in English:
Parents and patooties, let’s roll up our tongues, stretch our mouths, and also get ready for a fun ride of Ttongue twisters in English.
- I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.
2. I saw Susie sitting in a shoeshine shop.
3. She sells, seashells by the seashore.
4. Can you can a can as a Canner can can a can?
5. I saw a kitten eating chicken in the kitchen.
All warmed up ?
The English tongue twisters coming up, are short ones. Hence, repeat each thrice. A perfect way to clean up your pronunciation. Let’s go!
6. Six sticky skeletons. (X3)
7. Snap crackle pop. (X3)
8. Stupid superstition. (X3)
9. Eleven benevolent elephants. (X3)
10. She sees cheese. (X3)
11. Fuzzy Wuzzy was a Bear; Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair; Wuzzy wasn’t very fuzzy, was he?
12. I have got a date at a quarter to eight; I’ll see you at the gate, so don’t be late.
13. If two witches would watch two watches, which witch would watch which watch?
14. A skunk sat on a stump and thunk the stump stunk, but the stump thunk the skunk stunk.
15. I wish to wish the wish you wish to wish, but if you wish the wish the witch wishes I won’t wish the wish you wish to wish.
You’re now a pro…
16. I saw a saw that could out saw any saw I ever saw saw. If you happen to see a saw that can out saw the saw I saw saw I’d like to see the saw you saw saw.
17. When a doctor doctors a doctor, does the doctor doing the doctoring doctor as the doctor being doctored wants to be doctored, or does the doctor doing the doctoring doctor as he wants to doctor.
18. How many cookies could a good cook cook if a good cook could cook cookies? A good cook could cook as much cookies as a good cook who could cook cookies.
19. 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.
Signing off on a musical note. This is the best-known one-word tongue twister in our eternal favorite musical, Mary Poppins. Can you roll your tongue and get this right?
We hope you liked our tongue twisters in English. Try them with your kids and make your family time memorable and fun-filled. Improve your child’s pronunciation skills and English vocabulary in preschoolers.
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By Eishita Chaturvedi