Tounge twister

Elle   Friday, September 24, 2004, 02:35 GMT
English tounge twister is very exciting but I wonder if there is any special rule of it < tounge twister > ?
Damian   Friday, September 24, 2004, 06:42 GMT
TONGUE twisters:

All the words begin with the same letter or sound, and the more difficult it is to say the sentence correctly, the more effective is the twister. If you speak very quickly you can get all mixed up with the words.

This is the one most people know:

She sells sea shells on the sea shore.

Elle: "tongue" ['t^ng] is one of those words which are often spelt incorrectly.
Tchuque   Friday, September 24, 2004, 06:56 GMT
"How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?"

"Ta tante t'attend dans ta tente."

P.S. "Tchuque" is "Chuck" in French phonetics; I thought it were funny because of my woodchuck tongue twister.
Jim   Friday, September 24, 2004, 08:03 GMT
"'tongue' ['t^ng] is one of those words which are often spelt incorrectly."

Yeah, people have been spelling it "tongue" instead of "tung" for sentries.
Ed   Friday, September 24, 2004, 14:44 GMT
Peter Piper, the pickled pepper picker, picked a peck of pickeled peppers. If Peter Piper, the pickeled pepper picker, picked a peck of pickeled peppers, where is the the peck of pickeled peppers that Peter Piper, the pickeled pepper picker, picked.

I'm not completely sure about this tongue twister- maybe i got some part wrong.
Ailian   Friday, September 24, 2004, 23:42 GMT
This past week I was working on vowels with my students and taught them the following (with a bit of a variation for their sake):

Betty Botter had some butter,
"But," she said, "This butter is bitter!
"If I put it in my batter,
"It will make my batter bitter!
"But a bit of better butter,
"That will make my batter better."
So Betty Botter bought some butter
Better than her bitter butter,
And she put it in her batter,
And her batter was not bitter.
(So, it was better Betty Botter
(Bought a bit of better butter.)

I only used the last two lines in classes whose English was the better of my classes and got through the first vowel activity quickly.

I'll be doing consonants this week (and possibly next), so I'm trying to gather some twisters for those. =)
!   Saturday, September 25, 2004, 02:43 GMT
Mrs Puggy Wuggy has a square cut punt.
Not a punt cut square,
Just a square cut punt.
It's round in the stern and blunt in the front.
Mrs Puggy Wuggy has a square cut punt.
Elle   Saturday, September 25, 2004, 02:45 GMT
^_^ it seems interesting, huh? I'm going to do a research on tongue twister but it's quite difficult for me to start. I wonder if you guys would help me this? Where can I find the theoretical background of tongue twister?
mjd   Saturday, September 25, 2004, 08:05 GMT
"Rubber baby buggy bumpers"

Say that ten times in a row.
Damian   Saturday, September 25, 2004, 08:07 GMT

! yeah! Mrs PW could sue for a slip of the tongue. Be careful, too, especially when she says she should sit, or when you tell her that you are a pheasant plucker by profession.


There are loads of sites on the net all about tongue twisters, not only in English but in practically all other languages, too, it seems. For starters:

Did you know that a crew member on the Titainic told the captain:
"Sure the ship's shishape, sir!"
yo   Monday, September 27, 2004, 17:37 GMT
im not a fig plucker nor a fig plucker's son but i'll plck your figs till the fig plucker comes
jessica   Wednesday, September 29, 2004, 17:33 GMT
how much wood chould a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck chould chuck wood.

this is so wierd but my friend loves it LOL
clobber me   Thursday, September 30, 2004, 01:21 GMT
how much wood could a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could and would chuck wood.
Mxsmanic   Thursday, September 30, 2004, 04:32 GMT
My experience is that ESL students can say tongue twisters much more easily than native English speakers.
Elle   Friday, October 01, 2004, 02:52 GMT
Coz ESL student can't speak as fast as native speaker.