50 Tongue Twisters to Improve your Pronunciation
Tongue twisters are a fantastic exercise to use in your daily English learning. As well as this, tongue twisters provide a little fun and comedy into your study, which can otherwise feel boring and drawn out at times!
It is important to note, that the purpose of a tongue twister is not to understand the meaning of the sentence; as many tongue twisters do not make sense to even a native English speaker. They do, however, help you to improve your pronunciation skills.
So, here are the top 50 tongue twisters used by English learners, to help them improve their pronunciation.
And once you have tried the tongue twisters below; try to repeat the tongue twisters in this video!
So, let’s see how well you can say them without mixing up the words (or laughing). Good luck!
Easy Tongue Twisters
First, let’s start with some easy tongue twisters to get you warmed up; for example;
I saw a kitten eating chicken in the kitchen
She sells seashells by the seashore
A proper copper coffee pot
She sees cheese
Which witch is which
I saw Susie sitting in a shoeshine shop
Four fine fresh fish for you
Red lorry, yellow lorry
Three free throws
A snake sneaks to seek a snack
Cooks cook cupcakes quickly
Twelve twins twirled twelve twigs
The big bug bit the little beetle
Six sticky skeletons
If a dog chews shoes, whose shoes does he choose?
Medium Tongue Twisters
Now let’s move on to some tongue twisters that are a little bit harder; see if you can read them.
Can you can a can as a canner can can a can?
Nine nice night nurses nursing nicely
Tom threw Tim three thumbtacks
Eating eagerly elegant Easter eggs
A proper cup of coffee from a proper copper coffee pot
Wayne went to Wales to watch walruses.
I thought, I thought of thinking of thanking you
Near an ear, a nearer ear, a nearly eerie ear
You know New York, you need New York, you know you need unique New York
Difficult and Popular Tongue Twisters
Finally, let’s try some difficult tongue twisters.
We will also read some popular tongue twisters. Will you be able to read through these?
If two witches would watch two watches, which witch would watch which watch?
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
So was better Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter.
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
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?
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
Tongue twisters with S sounds
As well as focusing on difficulty levels; you can also practice particular sounds.
Sam’s shop stocks short spotted socks.
The sun shines on the shop signs.
“Surely Sylvia swims!” shrieked Sammy surprised.
“Someone should show Sylvia some strokes so she shall not sink.”
I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit, and on the slitted sheet I sit.
Selfish shellfish (Repeat this 5 times)
Tongue twisters with the R and I sound
Now, let’s try some tongue twisters that practice the ‘R’ and ‘I’ sounds.
I looked right at Larry’s rally and left in a hurry.
Jerry’s jelly berries taste really rare
A really leery Larry rolls readily to the road.
Revelers revel in leveling levels
Lucky rabbits like to cause a ruckus.
Round and round the rugged rocks the ragged rascal ran.
Rory’s lawn rake rarely rakes really right.
Tongue twisters with the ‘TH’ sound
Moving on to blends, the ‘th’ blend can be a tricky one to master. Try these out!
They threw three thick things.
The thirty-three thieves thought that they thrilled the throne throughout Thursday.
Father, mother, sister, brother – hand in hand with one another.
I thought a thought. But the thought I thought wasn’t the thought I thought I thought.
Is your pronunciation perfect now?
Remember, the key is to start slowly so that you can say each word clearly and correctly, then increase your speed while saying a complete sentence.
So, if you can master these tongue twisters already, then you are a natural! And if not, then keep going every day until you reach your goal!
You will get there with lots of hard work! Best of luck!
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