What is a tongue-twister?
A tongue-twister is a sentence that is difficult to pronounce due to similarities in certain sounds. Because these sounds are similar, you have to concentrate considerably in order to pronounce the sentence correctly. Tongue-twisters are found in any language and a very famous one in English is as follows: –
She sells seashells on the sea shore.
The shells she sells are seashells, I’m sure.
And if she sells seashells on the sea shore,
Then I’m sure she sells seashore shells.
Tongue-twisters are a great way to practise difficult sounds in English. Think of them like lifting weights, the harder it it is in the gym, the easier it is in the real world! If you can say these difficult sentences then you should have no problems with “normal” sentences!
Start by saying each one slowly and gradually build up speed until you have mastered them.
- Ʊ / OO Tongue-twisters
- R / L Tongue-twisters
- R / W Tongue-twisters
- ‘Th’ Tongue-twisters
- V / W Tongue-twisters
- Voiced / Voiceless Tongue-twisters