Terrible "Tongue Twisters"
to Tickle Your Tongue!
Do you know how much wood a woodchuck would chuck (throw) if that woodchuck
could chuck wood? Don't worry, nobody can answer that question because it's
not really a question. It is actually a "tongue twister" which is a funny
sentence that we try to say very fast. This is very good practice for students,
so let's learn a few now...
Here are two of the most common tongue twisters:
1) She sells sea shells by the seashore.
("Seashore" means "by the side
of the sea".)
2) Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
(A "peck" equals about 9 liters.)
Try saying those three times fast!
English-speaking children learn these when they are young. Another popular
tongue twister is this:
Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear
Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair
Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn't very fuzzy, was he?
("Fuzzy" means to have a lot of soft, short hairs.)
When you practice saying these quickly, you are helping your brain to
think more quickly in English. It's a fun way to improve your English,
don't you agree? If you can do the tongue twisters above, then you are
ready to try the longer, more challenging tongue twisters below. Don't
worry if you can't say them well, though. Just try them today and
someday you will surely succeed.
Swan swam over the sea.
Swim, Swan, swim!
Swan swam back again.
Well swum, Swan!
(A "swan" is a beautiful, graceful bird that can often be seen swimming on
top of water.)
Here's one I never heard before:
When a doctor falls ill another doctor doctor's the doctor.
Does the doctor doctoring the doctor doctor the doctor in his own way,
or does the doctor doctoring the doctor doctor the doctor in the doctor's way.
And this is my favorite:
Moses supposes his toeses are roses,
but Moses supposes erroneously;
for nobody's toeses are poses of roses,
as Moses supposes his toeses to be.
(The word "toes" is changed to "toeses" only in this poem to make it sound the
same as "Moses" or "roses" or "supposes".)
If you want to hear some of these tongue twisters, you can go to
You Tube to hear how Teacher
Joe pronounces them.
Kung Fu Kitty!