Children learn better when they take part in their learning process. The learning is manifolds if it can be fun and useful at the same time!
A tongue twister is a phrase that is designed to be difficult to articulate properly. Out of the few types of spoken wordplay, tongue twisters are the most fun to recite and are a great resource to aid language development among children. They are considered to be a great tool to practice and improve pronunciation, fluency as well as vocabulary.
They can also enhance accents by making use of alliteration i.e., the repetition of the same sound at the beginning of words. Not only kids, but many actors, politicians and public speakers practice and utilize tongue twisters to sound clear and comprehensible while speaking. It is interesting to note that speech therapists often employ them as a tool to help those with speech difficulties; particularly children in order to improve their pronunciation.
Attempting to recite a tricky phrase or rhyme as quickly as possible without tripping over your tongue is a great challenge and so much fun. To sound like a comprehensible and confident native speaker of English, start by reciting a short and easy tongue twister at a lower pace and make sure to keep a check on the accurate pronunciation of words.
Know the tongue twister by heart and repeat it a fast as possible until you’re able to recite it three times in a row without stumbling. Keep practicing new tongue twisters and don’t forget to enjoy the process.
Try out the given tongue twisters for appropriate manifestation of pronunciation and fluency. You can multiply the fun and learning by allowing the child to recite tongue twisters in a group.
1. I Scream
I scream, you scream, we all scream, for ice cream!
2. Peter Piper
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers
Where’s the peck of pickled peppers that Peter Piper picked?
3. Betty Botter
Betty Botter bought a bit of butter.
“But,” she said, “this bit of butter’s bitter,
But a bit of better butter mixed with this butter might just make my bit of bitter butter better.”
So, Betty bought a bit of better butter to make her bitter butter better.
4. All I Want is a Proper Cup of Coffee
All I want is a proper cup of coffee,
Made in a proper copper coffee pot
I may be off my dot
But I want a cup of coffee
From a proper coffee pot.
Tin coffee pots and iron coffee pots
They’re no use to me –
If I can’t have a proper cup of coffee
In a proper copper coffee pot
I’ll have a cup of tea.
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, if the 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.
6. Doctor Doctor
If one doctor doctors another doctor,
Then which doctor is doctoring the doctored doctor?
Does the doctor who doctors the doctor, doctor the doctor the way the doctor he is doctoring doctors?
Or does he doctor the doctor the way the doctor who doctors doctors?
7. Thought A Thought
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.
8. Fuzzy Wuzzy
Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear,
Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair,
Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t very fuzzy, was he?
9. She Sells
She sells sea shells by the seashore
And the shells she sells by the seashore are sea shells for sure.
10. Luke Luck
Luke Luck likes lakes.
Luke’s duck likes lakes.
Luke Luck licks lakes.
Luke’s duck licks lakes.
Duck takes licks in lakes Luke Luck likes.
Luke Luck takes licks in lakes duck likes.
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