TONGUE TWISTERS are sentences that are difficult to say. They are good pronunciation practice. I originally created this page to give a good group of tongue twisters to people/students who want to work on getting rid of an accent, or to people who just like tongue twisters.
Tongue twisters are a great way to practice and improve pronunciation and fluency. They can also help to improve accents by using alliteration, which is the repetition of one sound.
They’re not just for kids, but are also used by actors, politicians, and public speakers who want to sound clear when speaking. Below, you will find some of the most popular English tongue twisters. Say them as quickly as you can. If you can master them, you will be a much more confident speaker.
I hope you’ll enjoy them.
1. Six Silly Sisters Selling Shiny Shoes.
2. Good blood, bad blood.
3. Are our oars oak?
4. Please pay promptly.
5. What time does the wristwatch strap shop shut?
6. I have got a date at a quarter to eight; I’ll see you at the gate, so don’t be late.
7. Ed had edited it.
8. Pre-shrunk silk shirts.
9. Nine nice night nurses nursing nicely.
10. Give papa a cup of proper coffee in a copper coffee cup.
11. The two-twenty-two train tore through the tunnel.
12. Which wristwatches are Swiss wristwatches?
13. A noisy noise annoys an oyster.
14. Cheap ship trip.
15. Flee from fog to fight flu fast!
16. Sam's shop stocks short spotted socks.
17. Will you, William?
18. Mix, Miss Mix!
19. Two toads, totally tired.
20. Six thick thistle sticks. Six thick thistles stick.
21. Toy boat. Toy boat. Toy boat.
22. Six slippery snails, slid slowly seaward.
23. Red lorry, yellow lorry, red lorry, yellow lorry.
24. Unique New York.
25. A box of biscuits, a batch of mixed biscuits.
26. We surely shall see the sun shine soon.
27. Six short slow shepherds.
28. Which witch wished which wicked wish?
29. Fred fed Ted bread and Ted fed Fred bread.
And now a little more difficult:
30. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
Did Peter Piper pick a peck of pickled peppers?
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
31. She sells sea shells by the sea shore.
The shells she sells are surely seashells.
So if she sells shells on the seashore,
I'm sure she sells seashore shells.
32. Betty Botter had some butter,
"But," she said, "this butter's bitter.
If I bake this bitter butter,
it would make my batter bitter.
But a bit of better butter
that would make my batter better."
So she bought a bit of butter,
better than her bitter butter,
and she baked it in her batter,
and the batter was not bitter.
So 'twas better Betty Botter
bought a bit of better butter.
33. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck
if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
He would chuck, he would, as much as he could,
and chuck as much wood as a woodchuck would
if a woodchuck could chuck wood.
34. A pleasant place to place a plaice is a place
where a plaice is pleased to be placed.
35. I thought a thought.
But the thought I thought wasn't the thought
I thought I thought.
36. Swan swam over the sea,
Swim, swan, swim!
Swan swam back again
Well swum, swan!
37. The bear could not bear the boar.
The boar thought the bear a bore.
At last the bear could bear no more
Of that boar that bored him on the moor,
And so one morn he bored the boar
That boar will bore the bear no more.
38. A flea and a fly flew up in a flue. (conduit de cheminée)
Said the flea, "Let us fly!"
Said the fly, "Let us flee!"
So they flew through a flaw in the flue.
39. Three grey geese in the green grass grazing.
Grey were the geese and green was the grass.
And to finish for any foreigners who would like to have a go with these Tongue Twisters in French :
Un chasseur sachant chasser chassait sans son chien de chasse.
Tonton, Ton thé, t'a-t-il ôté ta toux?
Étant sorti sans parapluie, il m'eût plus plu qu'il plût plus tôt.