20 Interesting And Challenging Tongue Twisters In English

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.

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. 

  1. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.
Tongue Twisters in English - Icecream

2. I saw Susie sitting in a shoeshine shop.

Tongue Twisters in English - Shoeshine

3. She sells, seashells by the seashore.

Tongue Twisters in English - seashells

4. Can you can a can as a Canner can can a can?

Tongue Twisters in English - Canner

5. I saw a kitten eating chicken in the kitchen.

Tongue Twisters in English - Kitten

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)

Gearing up…

11. Fuzzy Wuzzy was a Bear; Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair; Wuzzy wasn’t very fuzzy, was he?

Tongue Twisters in English - Fuzzy Bear

12. I have got a date at a quarter to eight; I’ll see you at the gate, so don’t be late.

Tongue Twisters in English - Date

13. If two witches would watch two watches, which witch would watch which watch?

Withces

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

Skunk on a stump

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.

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.

Saw outsaw a 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.

Tongue Twisters in English - 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.

good cook cook

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.

woodchuck chuck

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?

20. SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS

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

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20 thoughts on “20 Interesting And Challenging Tongue Twisters In English”

  1. I hv always loved tongue twisters since childhood. You have made a wonderful compilation of all these twisters and now I m going to try it with my son. They indeed have some cool benefits too.

  2. I love playing tongue twister with my son and husband . Now I have so many options. Thanks dear for sharing the list .

  3. My son will love to try out these tongue twisters. Actually it will be hilarious yet beneficial to see him trying as he is small and has an inconsistent words delivery.

  4. Haahhaha what a beautiful post. Feels like entering into the 90’s edition of school days. My favorite is the sea shells and the ice cream one :p I’m saving this post to play these when my baby goes to school.

  5. Tongue Twisters are not only fun, but also a great tool for improving diction and pronnunciation in kids. This collection of tongue twisters is really interesting and going to keep us busy over the weekend!

  6. just reminded me of my childhood, we used to play saying tongue twisters! And our favourite used to be Betty bought some bitter butter and more variations of it!

  7. Wonderful list of funny tongue twister. This post made me nostalgic. Really it also made me feel its been so long I have played this fun game with anyone. Now I have ready list to begin the fun at my home. Brilliant post!

  8. Hahaha, reading this post was so much fun. It took me back to my school days when we used to have tongue twister competitions amongst friends. I have already shared this post with my hubby and tomorrow we are going to have a fun family competition. I am sure my son will love this activity, it will be so much fun. Thanks for sharing this.

  9. This was absolutely brilliant. I wasn’t aware of so many tongue twisters. We had some great Hindi ones that we all would challenge each other on. Would love to get my kids to try these. Sounds total fun

  10. wow this is really interesting and remind me my childhood days. loved this amazing collection of tongue twister. will surly try this with my girls, I am sure they will love it. I agree tongue twister are really good and fun way to improve vocabulary and pronunciation skills of kids.

  11. Wow! I remember this tongue twister “betty bought some butter”. The new ones are super fun to read! Good practise for the mouth😁