Even if you do know how English should sound, it is still difficult to pronounce certain words properly. When you learn a new language, you also learn how to move your mouth in a completely different manner.
But how can you practice that? The answer is simple 👇🏾
A Tongue Twister is a series of words that is hard to say out loud as it is usually alliterative (having repetitive sounds). They usually sound funny when pronounced.
You can start by saying the tongue twister slowly, repeating it and then building up speed. Try to say the tongue twister a few times in a row, as fast as you can, for a bigger challenge. Practice the following tongue twisters several times a day and see the changes in your pronunciation 🗣️
Start off with some easier ones👇🏾
- Truly rural.
- Snap crackle pop.
- Rude mood should improve with good food.
- I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.
- Wayne went to Wales to watch walruses.
- I saw a kitten eating chicken in the kitchen.
Now, move on to challenge yourself👇🏾
- A big black bug snoozed on a big black rug.
- Near an ear, a nearer ear, a nearly eerie ear.
- I slit a sheet, a sheet, I slit.
Upon a slitted sheet, I sit.
- A really leery Larry rolls readily to the road.
- Green glass globes glow greenly.
- Which witch switched the Swiss wristwatches?
Finally, try some difficult ones👇🏾
- A skunk sat on a stump and thunk the stump stunk,
but the stump thunk the skunk stunk.
- If you must cross a course cross cow across a crowded cow crossing, cross the cross coarse cow across the crowded cow crossing carefully.
- When a doctor doctors a doctor, does the doctor doing the doctoring doctor as the doctor being doctored wants to be doctored or does the doctor doing the doctoring doctor as he wants to doctor?
- Betty Botter bought some butter
But she said the butter’s bitter
If I put it in my batter, it will make my batter bitter
But a bit of better butter will make my batter better.
- 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?
- 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.