Polishing Pronunciation Properly

Trouble with pronunciation may be solved by old-fashioned but reliable technique – tongue twisters

The more of them you practice, the easier it becomes to get the hang of the hurtfully difficult English ‘th’, ‘w’ vs ‘v’, ‘ir’, ‘ur’ and so forth.
I am happy to provide you with the set of my favourite ones that I used to hate as a student. I still dream sometimes myself holding a mirror in front of my tongue, trying to figure out if the tongue has been fixed in the right position 🙂

  • Are our oars oak? 
  • Gertie’s great-grandma grew aghast at Gertie’s grammar
  • I can think of six thin things and of six thick things too
  • Kris Kringle carefully crunched on candy canes
  • A truly rural frugal ruler’s mural
  • 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?
  • The thirty-three thieves thought that they thrilled the throne throughout Thursday
  • Something in a thirty-acre thermal thicket of thorns and thistles thumped and thundered threatening the three-D thoughts of Matthew the thug — although, theatrically, it was only the thirteen-thousand thistles and thorns through the underneath of his thigh that the thirty year old thug thought of that morning
  • Can you can a can as a canner can can a can?
  • I wish to wish the wish you wish to wish, but if you wish the wish the witch wishes, I won’t wish the wish you wish to wish.
  • One-one was a race horse. Two-two was one too. One-one won one race. Two-two won one too.
  • Mr. Tongue Twister tried to train his tongue to twist and turn, and twit an twat, to learn the letter «T»
  • Thirty-three thirsty, thundering thoroughbreds thumped Mr. Thurber on Thursday
  • What’s a synonym for cinnamon or is cinnamon synonym-less?
  • Thrifty Theophilus, the theocratic thistle sifter, thrice thrust three thousand thistles through the slick thick of his softly throbbing thumb
  • Grandma Gabby Grammer grabbed a gram of gummy goulash. If Grandma Gabby Grammer grabbed a gram of gummy goulash, How many grams of gummy goulash did Grandma Gabby Grammer grab?
  • Willy’s wooden whistle wouldn’t whistle when Willy went wild
  • I miss my Swiss miss. My Swiss miss misses me
  • Ken can ken that Ken’s kin can ken Ken’s kin’s ken
  • Three tired tigers try to throw three trees
  • Tell a tall tale of a tall tailed dog, that told Tim it tap a tall ale and thump the top of Tim’s tomb
  • I wish I were what I was when I wished I were what I am
  • Six thick thistle sticks
  • She sells sea shells on the seashore. The seashells she sells are seashells she is sure
  • I thought a thought. But the thought I thought Wasn’t the thought I thought I thought. If the thought I thought I thought, Had been the thought I thought, I wouldn’t have thought I thought
  • A big black bug bit a big black bear and made the big black bear bleed blood
  • There was a little witch which switched from Chichester to Ipswich
  • Freshly fried fresh flesh
  • A bloke’s bike back brake block broke
  • When you write copy you have the right to copyright the copy you write. You can write good and copyright but copyright doesn’t mean copy good — it might not be right good copy, right?

Friendly advice:

1) Do not try to translate them – they might twist not just your tongue.
2) Try them in the morning – they are better than jogging!


Об авторе irinanrial

Привет! Это мой персональный блог, который не преследует никаких творческих или коммерческих целей. Он родился давно - еще в ЖЖ, поэтому в нем вы найдете много нужной (и еще больше ненужной) информации обо мне, о том, что меня волнует и не волнует, а также, куда меня привели мечты, и как они ошиблись государством :)
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