I love tongue twisters, I always have. I don’t know why I didn’t think about writing a blog post about them earlier, seeing that I am really good at them. I find them challenging, super fun to learn, and a great way to learn correct English.
Wikipedia defines the tongue twister as “a phrase that is designed to be difficult to articulate properly, and can be used as a type of spoken (or sung) word game”.
The way I think about tongue twisters is that I try to break down the sentence. Once you’ve done that, you realize what each word’s role in the sentence is, thus making it easier for you to memorize it and repeat it quickly and correctly.
Although tongue twisters are considered more of a children’s word game, I don’t understand why they were never used as a fun teaching method in schools. In my opinion, the best way for a child to learn a language is by making it fun for them to learn: there’s no need to be 100% serious about it all the time.
One thing I’m sure about is that I am a grownup and I still love tongue twisters. There are a few particular ones that I prefer and that have become my favorite tongue twisters, and I thought of sharing them with you.
1- She sells seashells by the sea shore.
2- He said Said is said “Said”, but I said no, “Said” is not said “Said”, it is said “Sa’eed”.
3- Can you can a can as a canner can can a can?
4- Irish wrist-watch. (Repeated several times!)
5- 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 so much.
6- Once a fellow met a fellow in a field of beans. Said a fellow to a fellow, “If a fellow asks a fellow, can a fellow tell a fellow what a fellow means?”
7- Daddy draws doors. (Repeated several times!)
8- Swan swam over the sea. Swim, Swan, swim! Swan swam back again. Well swum, Swan!
9- Chef chopped cheese chunks cheerfully.
10- And this one I believe is the hardest ever in English: “The sixth sick sheikh’s sixth sheep’s sick”. I still can’t get it perfectly right!
Do you have other favorite tongue twisters? Please share them with us in the comments below!