10 Tongue Twisters to Improve English Pronunciation
By Raza Mehdi
Dec 27, 2022
You can hold your nose when you say this tongue twister to set the tone.
"A skunk sat on a stump and thunk the stump stunk, but the stump thunk the skunk stunk."
This classic tongue twister was originally a nursery rhyme published in 1813. Can you say this now?
"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, how many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?"
Try this tongue twister when you come across a coarse, angry cow and baffle it!
"If you must cross a coarse, cross cow across a crowded cow crossing, cross the cross, coarse cow across the crowded cow crossing carefully."
There are a lot of wishes muddled here! Let's hope the wish you wish will come true.
"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."
This short sentence was developed by MIT researchers in 2013 as the world's trickiest twister. Could you give it a try?
"Pad kid poured curd pulled cod."
You will need to send a lot of toast if these saints are truly tense and stout.
"Send toast to ten tense stout saints' 10 tall tents."
While it's a very old twister, Vaudeville performer Fay Templeton is credited with putting the wood chucking woodchuck on the map.
"How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?"
Everyone loves this good old tongue twister. Legend has it the rhyme is a tribute to 19th-century English palaeontologist Mary Anning.
"She sells seashells by the seashore."
Who first came up with this tongue twister about everyone's favourite treat is yet to be discovered. But the question is: can you say it really fast?
"I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream."
This classic twister was given to us by poet Carolyn Wells in the 1890s. Betty Botter was also included in Mother Goose's nursery rhymes.
"Betty Botter bought a bit of butter, but the bit of butter was too bitter, so Betty bought a better bit of butter to make the bitter butter better."