Tongue Twisters

A tongue twister is a word or a series of words that are difficult to pronounce. Tongue twisters are fun, but they may also be used to emphasise certain aspects of pronunciation.

Below is a series of tongue twisters that may be used as pronunciation excercises. I have added suggested topics for observation.



Number 1:

I am not the pheasant plucker. I'm the pheasant plucker's son. I'm only plucking pheasants 'till the pheasant plucker comes.


distinctive consonants - [f] [t] [k]

vowels: [ʌ]


Number 2:

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?


Prosody - asking questions / making statements

consonants: [p]

vowels: [e] [I]


Number 3:

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.


consonants: [t]

vowels: [ʌ] [ɒ] [ɔ:]


Number 4:

She sells sea shells by the seashore.
The shells she sells are surely seashells.
So if she sells shells on the seashore,
I'm sure she sells seashore shells.


consonants: [ʃ] [s]

vowels: [e] [i:] [ɔ :]


Number 5:

A flea and a fly flew up in a flue.
Said the flea, "Let us fly!"
Said the fly, "Let us flee!"
So they flew through a flaw in the flue.


consonants: [f] [θ]

vowels: [i:] [u:] [ɔ :]


Number 6:

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.


consonants: [tʃ ] [w]

vowels: [ʌ ] [ʊ ] [aʊ ]

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