Say It Fast: she sells sea shells by the sea shore

Got it? This is one of my favorite tongue-twisters in English. Tongue-twisters are fun phrases or verses created and ordered in a tricky way – it’s really difficult to pronounce them without making mistakes or twisting your tongue! They either have lots of syllables that are difficult to pronounce or syllables formed with the same sounds, but in a different order.

Tongue-twisters are a great resource for both teaching and learning languages, also used as exercises in the theater. With them, students can improve their diction, develop awareness about the differences in pronunciation and sounds of words, improve reading skills and last but not least –  have fun! Students can also create new tongue-twisters, exploring the combination of words, rhythms, sounds and gestures.

Some examples of tongue-twisters in English (they must be read quickly!):
• Red blood, blue blood.

• 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 good cook could cook as much cookies as a good cook who could cook cookies.

• The big black bug bit the big black bear, but the big black bear bit the big black bug back!

• The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick.

• Five frantic frogs fled from fifty fierce fishes.

Were they easy or difficult? How about suggesting some tongue twisters here? Enjoy!!!


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