#EngTalk: Tongue twisters

Have you ever heard of something called ‘tongue twister’? Tongue Twister is a popular English word game that helps you improve your pronunciation and listening skills. A tongue twister consists of series of words with similar pronunciation.

When I was young, my grandmother often gave me tongue twisters to practice English. It was really fun. Here are some fun tongue twisters to help you practice.

Here’s the rule:

  • First try to say it slowly, then try to say it faster! The faster you do it, the greater the challenge, the more interesting it sounds!
  • You may notice that they’d sound really funny – it also helps you recognise the similarities between these words!

So, let’s try from the easier ones first! Try to say them loud, hear how theh sound!

  1. “Crazy Clara catches crawling crab”
  2. “Sunshine Susie shone her shoes with soap and shoe-shine”
  3. “Our great-grand-gran is a greater great-grand-gran than your great-grand-gran”

How was that? Still too easy? Try these ones:

  1. “She sewed shirt seriously”
  2. “Five fashionable females flying to France for fresh French fashion”

Enough for the warm-ups. Let’s have the hard ones!

  1. “Can you can a can as a canner can a can?”
  2. “How many cookies could a good cook cook If a good cook could cook cookies?”
  3. “How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?”
  4. “Six sick hicks nick six slick bricks with picks and sticks”

I think I just swallowed my tongue with that one. This one is my personal favourite:

  • “Sally’s selfish selling shellfish, so Sally’s shellfish seldom sell”

Keep on practicing! Try to say it ot your friends and see if they understand!


  • The Silly Little Book of Jokes about Girls

Compiled by @animenur from @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, June 22, 2014

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