Tongue Twisters in English

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A tongue-twister is a phrase that is designed to be difficult to articulate properly, and can be used as a type of spoken (or sung) word game. Some tongue-twisters produce results that are humorous (or humorously vulgar) when they are mispronounced, while others simply rely on the confusion and mistakes of the speaker for their amusement value.


Start by saying the tongue-twister slowly, then try to speed up. Once you can say a tongue twister through, try to say it twice or three times in a row for a bigger challenge.

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.

How many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?

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

Frivolously fanciful Fannie fried fresh fish furiously.

To begin to toboggan first buy a toboggan, but don’t buy too big a toboggan.

Too big a toboggan is too big a toboggan to buy to begin to toboggan.

She saw Sharif’s shoes on the sofa.

But was she so sure those were Sharif’s shoes she saw?

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

If you were asked to stand in a black background, would you stand in a brown background.

Seventy-seven benevolent elephants.

The chic Sikh’s sixty-sixth sheep is sick.

A loyal warrior will rarely worry why we rule.

A pessimistic pest exists amidst us.

Drew Dodd’s dad’s dog’s dead.

One shot of Scott’s Schnapps stopped Schwab’s watch.

She sells sea-shells on the sea-shore.

The shells she sells are sea-shells, I’m sure.

For if she sells sea-shells on the sea-shore

Then I’m sure she sells sea-shore shells.

Betty Botter bought a bit of butter.

The butter Betty Botter bought was a bit bitter and made her batter bitter.

But a bit of better butter makes better batter.

So Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter.

Making Betty Botter’s bitter batter better.

Irish Wristwatch, Swiss Wristwatch.

Old Mother Hunt had a rough cut punt. Not a punt cut rough, but a rough cut punt.

A Proper Copper Coffee Pot.

The sixth sitting sheet-slitter slit six sheets.

Peggy Badcock.

Pad kid poured curd pulled cold.

The seething sea ceaseth and thus the seething sea sufficeth us.



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