A sentence or sequence of words that presents difficulty in pronunciation is referred to as a “tongue twister” in English. Children take delight in tongue twisters and enjoy challenging their friends to pronounce them rapidly and repeatedly. For individuals learning English, tongue twisters offer an enjoyable method to refine the pronunciation of specific sounds, one or two at a time.

Begin by enunciating the tongue twister at a slow pace, then gradually increase your speed. Once you can fluently articulate a tongue twister, attempt to repeat it two or three times consecutively to take on a more substantial challenge.

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Tongue twisters in English

Tongue twister Sounds/words emphasized Difficulty (for a native speaker)
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? wood & chuck (means: throw) Easy
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. How many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick? p Easy
Can you can a can as a canner can can a can? can Easy
Frivolously fanciful Fannie fried fresh fish furiously f Easy
To begin to toboggan first buy a toboggan, but don’t buy too big a toboggan. Too big a toboggan is too big a toboggan to buy to begin to toboggan. b & t Easy
She saw Sharif’s shoes on the sofa. But was she so sure those were Sharif’s shoes she saw? s & sh Easy
Give papa a cup of proper coffe in a copper coffe cup. c & p Medium
Black background, brown background b Medium
Seventy-seven benevolent elephants l & v Medium
The chic Sikh’s sixty-sixth sheep is sick s & k Medium
A loyal warrior will rarely worry why we rule. l & r Medium
A pessemistic pest exists amidst us. s & st Medium
Drew Dodd’s dad’s dog’s dead. d Medium
Which witch switched the Swiss wristwatches? w, s & ch Hard
She sells seashells by the seashore. s & sh Hard

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