You know what tongue twisters are, don’t you? And I surely needn’t explain why they are called “tongue twisters”. But did you know that the 8th of November is International Tongue Twisters Day? If you’ve ever tried to say “Williy’s really weary” thrice really fast you know what I mean about not explaining… I bet you quickly had your tongue twisted. De-twist your tongue while training for the big day!
Are Tongue Twisters Useful?
You might know tongue twisters from school or kindergarten and you know that it’s pretty difficult to say it fast. But they are usually used by professional speakers to train their articulation and to warm up before a speech or a presentation.
The tongue twisters here are used by television presenters
She stood on the balcony, inexplicably mimicking him hiccupping, and amicably welcoming him in.
Give me the gift of a grip-top sock, a clip drape shipshape tip top sock. Not your spinslick slapstick slipshod stock, But a plastic, elastic grip-top sock. None of your fantastic slack swap slop from a slap dash flash cash haberdash shop. Not a knickknack knitlock knock-kneed Knickerbocker sock. With a mock-shot blob-mottled trick-ticker top clock. Not a supersheet seersucker rucksack sock, not a spot-speckled frog-freckled cheap sheik’s sock off a hodge-podge moss-blotched scotch-botched block. Nothing slipshod drip drop flip flop or glip glop. Tip me to a tip top grip top sock.
Round the rugged rocks the ragged rascals ran the rural races
Long or Short Doesn’t Matter – No Matter What Your Tongue Will Be Twisted
Tongue twisters are not limited and there is no minimum word quota. In this word document we provide you with a pretty large list of tongue twisters.
With all these tongue twisters you can prepare yourself for your next presentation and overwhelm your class with your brilliant articulation. Watch this video to learn how to speak them faster and faster and faster.
Tongue Twisters That Are Really Real Life
Most tongue twisters we know are composed using similar syllables to confuse us while speaking. Many use alliterations to make them seem even more difficult.
An alliteration is when several words start with the same letter. Just have a look at my name and you’ll see one.
But tongue twisters can happen in real life too. There’s a road called “Reed Wade Road”. I would guess that it takes several years of living there to be able to pronounce the street correctly. Or have you ever been to a “Quiche Crash Course”? It’s harder to pronounce the course than to learn how to make a quiche.
- Burger burglar
- Carolina Herrera resides in the rural area with her running horses.
- Chill, shake, serve
- Greek grapes.
- Irish wristwatch
- Preshrunk silk shirts.
- She had shoulder surgery.
Learning a Language Is Twisting Tongues Too
Maybe you already know another language or you have just started to learn one. So you already might know that learning a different language is a challenge. Going through the list I found some tongue twisters that were made for foreign students, as they already have more difficulties with tongue twisters than the average native speaker. Tongue twisters not only help with articulation, but also help with correct pronunciation. If you are learning German we will provide you with a list of German Tongue Twisters in an upcoming article.
Even More About Tongue Twisters
Our list with English tongue twisters is already quite long. Do you have some to add? Which one do you like? And if you haven’t had enough of tongue twisters yet, check back as we will have more articles on tongue twisters coming soon.