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May 27, 2014

There are so many aspects of really learning a second language, including important areas like vocabulary building, comprehension, writing skills, and lots more. If you’re learning English, pronunciation is surely one of the things you’re concerned about. It’s true that practice makes perfect, but many students are looking for fun and unique ways to work on their accent reduction, besides the typical exercises. Few students consider using tongue twisters. These fun, short sayings are common expressions in the English language. They use repetitive letters and sounds to create a complex sentence that can be hard to say, hence the name “tongue twisters.”

Most children and adults in the U.S. have known these common tongue twisters for years. Give them a try for yourself, and you can always find plenty more once you’ve mastered these. In fact, it would make a great conversation starter to ask English-speaking friends or acquaintances for other sayings that they know! Start by slowly reading each word in the phrase, carefully saying each syllable and word. As you get better at reading the statements, begin to say them faster and faster. Here is a list to get you started on this fun English pronunciation exercise:

– She sells seashells by the sea shore.

– The big bug bit the little beetle, but the little beetle bit the big bug back.

– I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.

– Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.

– How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

– Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear, Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair. Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t very fuzzy, was he?

 


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