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English Tongue Twisters to Improve Pronunciation

At BSC, we're always finding new and fun ways to help you learn or improve on your English Language skills! One of our favourite tasks is challenging students to pronounce some popular English tongue twisters, to practice their pronunciation and vocabulary skils.

What is a Tongue Twister?

A Tongue Twister is a sentence or series of words, that is hard to say. Usually, they are made up of words beginning with the same letter, or sound, which is called alliteration. While they are challenging to say, they provide the perfect opportunity for you to practice your pronunciation and improve your fluency! Traditionally, they are meant to be said quickly, and it's very funny to hear how the letters and words can be jumbled up. However, whilst learning English, it is important to start these slowly, and build up your confidence until you can say these correctly. Practice makes perfect!

Here are our favourite Tongue Twisters. For an extra challenge, try and say the sentences 2 or 3 times in a row!

Easy Tongue Twisters

  1. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. How many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?
  2. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
  3. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream

Medium Tongue Twisters

  1. A proper cup of coffee from a proper copper coffee pot.
  2. Which witch is which?
  3. Red lorry, yellow lorry.

Difficult Tongue Twisters

  1. She sells seashells by the seashore.
  2. Can you can a can as a canner can can a can?
  3. The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick. [According to The Guinness Book of World Records this is the toughest tongue twister!

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