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Tongue Twisters

Tongue twisters are sequences of words or sounds that are challenging to pronounce, especially when said quickly. They are designed to be difficult due to similar sounds or combination of sounds, making them a fun way to practice pronunciation and improve speech clarity in English. We have listed easy, short and long tongue twisters for those who want to improve English pronunciation at all ages.

Easy Tongue Twisters in English

Here are 30 easy tongue twisters warming up yourself for your English pronunciation.

1. There was a little witch which switched from Chichester to Ipswich.

2. It takes a smart fella to say a fella smart.

3. I slit a sheet, a sheet I slit, and on that slitted sheet I sit.

4. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

5. Unique New York, unique New York, unique New York.

6. She sells seashells by the seashore.

7. How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?

8. Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear. Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair. Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t very fuzzy, was he?

9. Real weird rear wheels, real weird rear wheels, real weird rear wheels.

10. I saw Sussie sitting in a shoe shine shop.Where she sits she shines, and where she shines she sits.

11. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.

12. Six slippery snails slid slowly seaward.

13. A proper cup of coffee from a proper copper coffee pot.

14. Black bug bleeds black blood. What color blood does a blue bug blood?

15. Irish wristwatch, Swiss wristwatch.

16. Cows graze in groves on grass which grows in grooves in groves.

17. I thought I thought of thinking of thanking you.

18. Wayne went to Wales to watch walruses.

19. How can a can can a can into an empty can?

20. Red lorry, yellow lorry.

21. Rubber baby buggy bumpers.

22. How can you can a can of canned cantaloupes?

23. The seething sea ceaseth and thus the seething sea sufficeth us.

24. And when they battle in a puddle, it’s a tweetle beetle puddle battle.

25. A happy hippo hopped and hiccuped.

26. Fresh fried fish, fish fried fish, fried fish fresh, fish fried fresh.

27. On a lazy laser raiser lies a laser ray eraser.

28. A black cat sat on a fat rat.

29. Picky people pick Peter Pan peanut butter. It’s the peanut butter picky people pick.

30. Betty and Bob brought back blue balloons from the big bazaar.

Short Tongue Twisters in English

Here are 30 short tongue twisters for those who want to improve English pronunciation in a fun way of practicing.

1. Toy boat, toy boat, toy boat.

2. Stupid superstition!

3. Red blood, green blood, red blood, green blood.

4. Chester cheetah chews a chunk of cheap cheddar cheese.

5. Sarah skis super slow.

6. A flea and a fly flew up in a flue.

7. I wish to wash my Irish wristwatch.

8. He threw three free throws.

9. Bake big batches of bitter brown bread.

10. Broken blue crayon.

11. Fresh French fried fly fritters.

12. No need to light a night-light on a light night like tonight.

13. The top cop saw a cop top.

14. Six sick hicks nick six slick bricks with picks and sticks.

15. Kindly kittens knitting mittens keep kazooing in the king’s kitchen.

16. How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

17. If a dog chews shoes, whose shoes does he choose?

18. I saw a saw that could out-saw any other saw I ever saw.

19. Fred fed Ted bread and Ted fed Fread bread?

20. Silly Sally swiftly shooed seven silly sheep.

21. Birdie birdie in the sky laid a turdie in my eye.

22. Rory’s lawn rake rarely rakes really right.

23. The bottom of the butter bucket is the buttered bucket bottom.

24. I have got a date at a quarter to eight. I’ll see you at the gate, so don’t be late.

25. Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager managing an imaginary menagerie.

26. Double bubble gum, bubbles double.

27. A synonym for cinnamon is a cinnamon synonym.

28. My mommy makes me muffins on Mondays.

29. Linda- Lou Lambert loves lemon lollipop lipgloss.

30. Four furious friends fought for the phone.

Long Tongue Twisters in English

Here are 25 long tongue twisters for those who want to improve English pronunciation in a fun way of practicing. Some long twisters can be hard to pronounce but you can challenge yourself to be fluent in English.

1. If you must cross a course cross cow across a crowded cow crossing, cross the cross coarse cow across the crowded cow crossing carefully.

2. I thought a thought. But the thought I thought wasn’t the thought I thought I thought. If the thought I thought I thought had been the thought I thought, I wouldn’t have thought I thought.

3. If practice makes perfect and perfect needs practice, I’m perfectly practiced and practically perfect.

4. How much wood could Chuck Woods’ woodchuck chuck, if Chuck Woods’ woodchuck could and would chuck wood? If Chuck Woods’ woodchuck could and would chuck wood, how much wood could and would Chuck Woods’ woodchuck chuck? Chuck Woods’ woodchuck would chuck, he would, as much as he could, and chuck as much wood as any woodchuck would, if a woodchuck could and would chuck wood.

5. Mary Mac’s mother’s making Mary Mac marry me. My mother’s making me marry Mary Mac. Will I always be so Merry when Mary’s taking care of me? Will I always be so merry when I marry Mary Mac?

6. As I was in Arkansas I saw a saw that could out saw any saw I ever saw saw. If you happen to be in Arkansas and see a saw that can out saw the saw I saw saw I’d like to see the saw you saw saw.

7. There once was a man who had a sister, his name was Mr. Fister. Mr. Fister’s sister sold sea shells by the sea shore. Mr. Fister didn’t sell sea shells, he sold silk sheets. Mr. Fister told his sister that he sold six silk sheets to six shieks. The sister of Mr. Fister said I sold six shells to six shieks too!

8. Sweet sagacious Sally Sanders said she sure saw seven segregated seaplanes sailing swiftly southward Saturday.

9. 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. So, she bought some better butter, better than the bitter butter and she put it in her batter and her batter was not bitter. So ’twas good that Betty Botter bought some better butter.

10. If coloured caterpillars could change their colors constantly could they keep their coloured coat coloured properly?

11. There’s a sandwich on the sand which was sent by a sane witch.

12. Sister Suzie sewing shirts for soldiers
Such skill as sewing shirts
Our shy young sister Suzie shows
Some soldiers send epistles
Say they’d rather sleep in thistles
Than the saucy, soft short shirts for soldiers Sister Suzie sews.

13. 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?

14. Mr. See owned a saw and Mr Soar owned a seesaw.
Now See’s saw sawed Soar’s seesaw before Soar saw See.

15. 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.

16. How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

17. A tutor who tooted the flute tried to teach two young tooters to toot. Said the two to the tutor, “Is it harder to toot, or to tutor two tooters to toot”?

18. Whether the weather be fine or whether the weather be not, whether the weather be cold or whether the weather be hot, we’ll weather the weather whatever the weather, whether we like it or not.

19. I wish to wish the wish you wish to wish, but if you wish the wish the witch wishes, I won’t wish the wish you wish to wish.

20. Surely Sylvia swims!” shrieked Sammy surprised. “Someone should show Sylvia some strokes so she shall not sink.”

21. Yellow butter, purple jelly, red jam, black bread. Spread it thick, say it quick! Yellow butter, purple jelly, red jam, black bread. Spread it thicker, say it quicker! Yellow butter, purple jelly, red jam, black bread.

22. Something in a thirty-acre thermal thicket of thorns and thistles thumped and thundered threatening the 3D thoughts of Matthew the thug — although, theatrically, it was only the thirteen-thousand thistles and thorns through the underneath of his thigh that the thirty-year-old thug thought of that morning.

23. She stood on the balcony, inexplicably mimicking him hiccupping and amicably welcoming him home.

24. Brisk brave brigadiers brandished broad bright blades, blunderbusses, and bludgeons–balancing them badly.

25. How many cookies could a good cook cook if a good cook could cook cookies? A good cook could cook as many cookies as a good cook who could cook cookies.

Benefits of Studying English with Tongue Twisters

Practicing with tongue twisters helps to develop your pronunciation and speaking skills because by doing this, you can speak English smoothly. Also, you can learn a lot of abilities such as memory, cognitive and using coordination of other speech organ abilities. During practicing tongue twisters, you can build self-confidence when speaking hard to pronounce tongue twisters in English. It helps to improve your listening skills and comprehension of spoken English so you can easily be aware of your pronunciation mistakes when speaking in English.

Frequently Asked Questions About Tongue Twisters

What are tongue twisters?

Tongue Twisters are sequences of words or sounds that are challenging to pronounce, especially when said quickly. They are designed to be difficult due to similar sounds or combination of sounds.

What is the hardest tongue twister in English?

The Guinness World Records in English is “The sixth sick sheikh’s sixth sheep’s sick” in 1974.

What are some interesting tongue twister examples in English?

These interesting tongue twister examples in English are “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”, “Six sleek swans swam swiftly southwards” and “Lesser leather never weathered wetter weather better.”

What is the international Tongue Twister Day?

Tongue Twister Day is annually celebrated on November 12.

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