Tongue twisters test your talent to talk terrifically through words that twist, turn and tease your tongue. Tongue twisters strengthen mouth muscles and English skills through silly, fun phrases that typically use alliteration – adjacent words with the same first letter. Tongue twisters are used in speech therapy as well as in learning to speak the English language because they improve pronunciation and enunciation. In addition, tongue twisters are fun to practice as you and your children from toddlers to teens work to improve diction, speed, and memory, all while laughing and giggling as you fumble over the words. Find a moment or two to celebrate International Tongue Twister Day on Nov. 13 by practicing a few twists of the tongue.
According to National ToDay, the first tongue twisters published were “Peter Piper’s Practical Principles of Plain and Perfect Pronunciation” by John Harris in 1813 to help children with speech fundamentals. However, the tongue twisters took a life of their own.
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper. How many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?
Practicing tongue twisters with your children as they grow up not only brings on the giggles but also will spark confidence to speak boldly in front of others. Practicing with the family will make public speaking in schools an easier task down the road. Of course, we researched and put together a list of tongue twisters so you can celebrate International Tongue Twister Day with your friends and family.
Famous, Classic Tongue Twisters
Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear. Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair. Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t fuzzy, was he?
How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!
I saw Susie sitting in a shoeshine shop. Where she sits she shines, and where she shines she sits.
She sells seashells by the seashore. The shells she sells are surely sea shells. So if she sells shells on the seashore, I’m sure she sells seashore shells.
A skunk sat on a stump and thunk the stump stunk, but the stump thunk the skunk stunk.
What is the toughest tongue twister of all time? It’s tough to say. But in 1974, the last year Guinness World Records tracked the most difficult tongue twister in the English language this twisty sentence filled with alliteration took the prize. The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick.
Tongue Twisters About Food
Mom always says not to talk with food in your mouth, but tongue twisters just might be the exception to the rule. One way to embrace International Tongue Twisters Day is to pick a handful of tongue twisters about food and base your meal that night around those food items. Place note cards at each place setting with a food-related tongue twister and let the entertainment begin.
Cooks cook cupcakes quickly.
A bragging baker baked black bread.
Betty bought a bit of butter. But the butter Betty bought was bitter. so Betty bought a better butter, and it was better than the butter Betty bought before.
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There was a minimum of cinnamon in the aluminum pan.
Chester cheetah chews a chunk of cheap cheddar cheese. If the chunk of cheese chunked Chester cheetah,
What would Chester cheetah chew and chunk on?
Animal Tongue Twisters
Tongue twisters about animals often paint vivid word pictures. Combining, reading, and reciting delightful, descriptive words about your favorite furry, feathered, and scaly friends is sure to bring gaggles of giggles. Voice actors and politicians who do a lot of public speaking often use tongue twisters to perfect their annunciation of words and phrases. Who knows, sharing tough tongue twisters with your courageous kids might be the first training to be an actor, actress, or politician.
Six slimy snails slid slowly seaward
A snake sneaks to seek a snack.
Birdie birdie in the sky laid a turdie in my eye.
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Little Lillian lets lazy lizards lie along the lily pads
Six sleek swans swam swiftly southwards.’
Three grey geese in the green grass grazing. Grey were the geese and green was the grass.
If a dog chews shoes, whose shoes does he choose?
The cat catchers can’t catch caught cats.
Slimy snake slithered down the sandy Sahara.
Random Tongue Twisters
Are your children, family, and friends now questioning why you keep impressing them with tongue twisters you memorized? Just ask them, why not? According to the Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly memory improves when you play memory games. So don’t wait until you are a senior citizen, start now by memorizing random tongue twisters. See who you can impress as you ask others to recite the silly phrases back to you.
Rory’s lawn rake rarely rakes really right.
Babbling baby boys blurted boldly.
Laughing Lucy lost loads of loot.
Gobbling gargoyles gobbled gobbling goblins.
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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.
Round the rugged rocks the ragged rascals ran.
A tutor who tooted the flute tried to tutor two tooters to toot.
Said the two to the tutor, “Is it harder to toot or to tutor two tooters to toot?”
Easy Tongue Twisters
Are the best tongue twisters the easy tongue twisters or the difficult tongue twisters? The answer remains to be seen. The joy in tongue twisters is simply in having fun memorizing the words and playing with the speed and tempo at which the phrases are said out loud.
How many cookies could a good cook cook If a good cook could cook cookies?
Zebras zig and zebras zag.
Four furious friends fought for the phone.
Which witch is which?
Give papa a proper cup of coffee in a copper coffee cup.
Billy blows big blue bubbles.
My mommy makes me muffins on Mondays.
So, celebrate International Tongue Twisters Day with a tongue twister competition at dinner time. Choose a tongue twister and see who can recite it the fastest without any mistakes. See who can say the tongue twister three times in a row. And, for even more fun, have a tongue-twister writing contest. See who can come up with a tantalizing, twisty tirade to tell a tall tale about your terrific family.
Sources: National Today, FlintoBox, Mom Loves Best, St. Brelade’s College, Your Dictionary.
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