Confusing English Tongue Twisters
By Aleja Briles
June 8, 2023
Have you ever heard of tongue twisters before? A tongue twister is a sequence of words or sounds that are difficult to pronounce quickly and correctly. It seems that almost every language has some form of a tongue twister. Tongue twisters are tricky but they will force you to enunciate similar sounding words to make each phrase intelligible. Here are a couple great examples of tongue twisters in English. Read through them carefully, and then go back and try and read through more quickly while keeping the correct pronunciation of each sound.
- Peter Piper
“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 did you do? Were there any sounds that were difficult to pronounce? If you want to hear me pronounce these words head over to our youtube channel and watch our video (linked at the bottom of this post) all about tongue twisters. Alright, let`s try another one!
- Fuzzy Wuzzy
“Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear. Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair. Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t very fuzzy was he?”
Great job! That one’s gonna help you practice that ‘z’ sound. If you’re up for it, try it again a little bit faster this time and see how you do! This next one is about a woodchuck and is a very common rhyme for children in America.
“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.”
That’s a long and challenging one! That one is going to help you practice the ‘uh’ sound. Try it one more time! This last one is about Betty Botter. This one is going to help you practice that double “t” and “d” sound.
- Betty Botter
“Betty Botter bought some butter, but she said the butter was 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 it was better Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter.”
That one is so tough! Go back and practice each of these as many times as you want. Getting better at these will help you to perfect these different sounds in English. There are many more English tongue twisters that you can use to continue practicing. Just search “English tongue twisters” in Google and you will find many more! I hope this helps you with your pronunciation! Best of luck!
Check out the youtube video: https://youtu.be/2flHA664OA8