Tongue twisters

March 8, 2014

la_tongue_twisterWe’ve all stumbled upon tongue twisters at least once. They are groups of words difficult to articulate, for both native speakers and foreigners, because of the sounds forming them and can be funny or irritating, but always useful when it comes to practicing one’s pronunciation. They are often used as word-games. The key is to try saying these phrases as quickly as possible… correctly. Of course, in the process you might find yourself laughing or being confused. Spoken at a fast pace, these groups can reveal a different meaning or they can become nothing more than gibberish. I leave you here ten such examples you can use by yourself or in class. Good luck!

If two witches were watching two watches, which witch would watch which watch?

She sells sea shells by the sea shore.

The big bug bit the little beetle, but the little beetle bit the big bug back.

If you want to buy, buy, if you don’t want to buy, bye bye!

Can you can a can as a canner can can a can?

He wanted to desert his dessert in the desert!

Give papa a cup of proper coffee in a copper coffee cup.

In Hertford, Hereford and Hampshire hurricanes hardly ever happen.

If you notice this notice, you will notice that this notice is not worth noticing.

The great Greek grape growers grow great Greek grapes.

by Elena Atudosiei

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