English Tongue Twisters To Help Improve Your Pronunciation
Tongue twisters are a really fun way to practice certain syllable sounds you are having trouble with.
Most tongue twisters are short sentences that make use of rhetorical devices such as alliteration (repeating the same consonant sound in the first syllable of every word) and assonance (the repetition of similar vowel sounds in a series of words), and often require the speaker to produce different sounds that need a lot of tongue and mouth movement.
Each phrase is then repeated and spoken faster and faster and faster and faster until it becomes impossible to say.
They are popular all over the world. I use these well-known Japanese tongue twisters you may be familiar with to help with my Japanese pronunciation.
なまむぎ なまごめ なまたまご
この竹垣に 竹立て掛けたのは 竹立て掛けたかったから、竹立て掛けた
Even for native speakers, these can be quite challenging!
I’m from London, so I have a lot of trouble with any tongue twister that feature a lot of ‘th’ sounds, but I always have fun trying.
Have a go with some of these examples and see how well they help with some difficult English syllable sounds. Try to say them as fast as you can!
“she sells seashells by the seashore”
“red lorry, yellow lorry”
“red brick, blue brick”
“I saw a kitten eating chicken in the kitchen”
“if Pikachu chews shoes, whose shoes does Pikachu chose?”
“he threw three free throws”
“eleven benevolent elephants”
“lesser leather never weathered wetter weather better”
“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?”