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What Are Tongue Twisters?
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 which 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. Tongue-twisters may rely on rapid alternation between similar but distinct phonemes (e.g., s [s] and sh [ʃ]), unfamiliar constructs in loanwords, or other features of a spoken language in order to be difficult to articulate. For example, the following sentence was claimed as "the most difficult of common English-language tongue-twisters" by William Poundstone The seething sea ceaseth and thus the seething sea sufficeth us. This type of tongue-twister was incorporated into a popular song in 1908, with words by British songwriter Terry Sullivan and music by Harry Gifford. It was said to be inspired by the life and work of Mary Anning.
Tongue twisters – Say That Three Times Fast!
Welcome to our Tongue Twisters page, where you can find a number of free printable lesson materials containing all sorts of tongue twisters that English teachers can use in the classroom.
Most popular ones include those about well-known Peter Piper who once accidentally picked a 'peck of pickled peppers', or the one about the fact that 'noise annoys an oyster', or those 'shells on the sea shore', but we are sure you'll discover a few relatively new tongue-twisters that you have not heard of, too. You will also find great phonetic practice activities involving tongue twisters for all sorts of sounds: 'bit of better butter' or 'big black bear' for the [b], 'sit in solemn silence' for the [s], 'two-toed tree toads' for the'[t] sound, and many more.
If you are looking for some tongue twisters to use in class this worksheet lists over three hundred of them
! Choose ones that are appropriate for your class and focus on target sounds or recent vocabulary.
At the moment we have 31 Tongue Twisters worksheets
as well as other helpful teacher-tested activities for teaching phonetics and pronunciation. If you're new to teaching using them, we suggest you take a look at a recent article we called 'Top Ten Tongue-Twisters: True Teacher's Treasure?
' which provides plenty of information on how to start, how to work with particular sounds, how to drill them, etc. How many tongue twisters do you know? We are sure some of the ones we have got will come as a surprise even to you, so make sure you practise reading them out loud before the class, so that 'thousand thinkers were thinking' and 'how much wood could a wood chuck chuck' come out just right!
View the latest Tongue Twisters lesson activities below, or search through the menu at the top of each page to find the worksheet you need for this or that particular topic.
It is debated whether or not tongue twisters help ESL students with pronunciation or not.
Since native English speakers often cannot say them correctly, they often present ESL learners with quite a challenge; however, they can also be used to create enjoyable educational material. When using tongue twisters in class, try to use ones that are not entirely nonsense and that focus on a particular sound or sounds you would like students to practice such as the different ch
sounds in chef
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You can work this poem with children and teens as a tongue twister. I have worked this activity with my group of students and they really have enjoyed it, in act it´s a nice activity to do i ...
This worksheet is used for pronunciation warm-up, for revising minimal pairs, pronunciation drills of the sounds [v] and [w],practicing of tongue-twisters. This activity is done by the students i ...
An Easter lesson for upper-primary students at roughly elementary or pre-intermediate level on the topic of Easter eggs. Includes a vocabulary input exercise and some reading, ending in a pronunci ...
Here's the set of cards going with my lesson plan. There are 48 cards in total. A suitable cover has been included as well. Print the cards once and the cover six times. Cut out, stick together an ...
A Lesson plan introducing ways to work with the tongue twister cards in your lessons. The aim is to improve pronunciation, rhythm and stress, to take away the fear of making mistakes while speakin ...
These are funny tongue twister activity for English classes. You can use it to help your English classes relax. There are a lot of differnt sounds. From my observation I can say that it's hard to ...
While many pupils struggle to read practising tongue twisters can help them to learn to speak confidently and overcome nervousness whenever they open their mouth. Try out this tongue twister today ...
Students will listen to the story Fox in Socks by Doctor Seuss. They will then practice tongue twisters and match them to the picture . At the end they will create their own silly tongue twister ( ...
Greg Granger gave Gretta green grapes. Sometimes the 'gr' sound is hard for people to pronounce. After describing how to position your mouth and tongue, and then modeling the sound, this 'gr' pr ...
A warm-up activity. Choose this easy-to-print page for your private tutorship or group work. Let the students join one-by-one and read the tongue twisters for a couple of minutes every class. It m ...
This is a very funny tongue twister activity for English classes. You can use it to help your English classes relax. Moreover, with this activity, you and your students can also practise English i ...
A one-page compilation of sentences and tongue twisters aimed at practising the pronunciation of the W-consonant. The resource is acknowledged, some sentences are added by me. The teachers should ...
Tongue twisters for B1. It is a funny activity for your classroom. We can use them whenever it is necessary, if our kids get bored and we can make a group activity. We can put Ss into a few groups ...
This is a collection of various tongue-twisters of various diffculties, and that focus on many different sounds. There are some classics as well as unique nonsense sentences. It's only a list, b ...
A list of tongue-twisters for everybody! A tongue-twister is a sequence of words that is difficult to pronounce quickly and correctly. Even native English speakers find the tongue-twisters on thi ...
These are funny tongue twisters to practice in your classroom. You can choose one or two at the end of the lesson, 10 minutes before the bell rings. It's a way to relax when you have worked a lot ...
Hello again, this is the first file i've created usig tonguetwisters but in photetic symbols. Challenging but funny and interesting at the same time. Make your student practise their pronunciation ...
Every tongue twister helps to work out this or that sound. But some sounds seem very hard to pronounce for the learners of English, especially younger pupils. This can be the visual aid for traini ...
Want to have some fun with your class today? Start with one (or more) of these top 20 tongue twisters! But first make sure you can pronounce them properly yourself! :) Click the image below to v ...
A list of funny short tongue-twisters to practice sounds in your class! Great in the beginning of the lesson! Have a nice time with English!
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