Now Hear This
Native speakers have often delighted in trying to say "tongue tanglers" or "tongue twisters"-- sentences such as these. They are challenging because of the complicated movements necessary to pronounce them correctly.
The winner in a tongue twister competition is the one who can say them the fastest and pronounce them correctly. The real challenge is to say them multiple times.
A big black bug bit a big black bear.
The bootblack brought the black boot back.
Brad's big black bath brush broke.
Betty and Bob brought back blue balloons from the big bazaar.
The blue bluebird blinks.
Chop shops stock chops.
Ed had edited it.
Friendly Frank flips fine flapjacks.
Freshly fried fresh fish.
Fat frogs flying past fast.
Flee from fog to fight flu fast!
Greg's great-grandma grew aghast at Greg's grammar.
Three gray geese in the green grass grazing. Gray were the geese and green was the grass.
Crisp crusts crackle and crunch.
Give Papa a cup of proper coffee in a copper coffee cup.
Quick kiss, quicker kiss.
Listen to the local yokel yodel.
Lesser leather never weathered wetter weather better
Lovely lemon liniment.
The myth of Miss Muffet
A noisy noise annoys an oyster.
Nine nice night nurses nursing nicely.
Unique New York
Old oily Ollie oils old oily autos.
Please pay promptly.
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, how many peppers did Peter Piper pick?
Rubber baby buggy bumpers.
Are our oars oak?
Red leather, yellow leather.
The crow flew over the river with a lump of raw liver.
She sifted thistles through her thistle-sifter.
Six sick slick slim sycamore saplings.
A skunk sat on a stump and thought the stump stunk, but the stump thunk the skunk stunk.
Is this your sister's sixth zither, sir?
We surely shall see the sun shine soon.
Sly Sam slurps Sally's soup.
Six short slow shepherds.
Six sharp smart sharks.
Six sticky sucker sticks.
She sells seashells down by the seashore.
Mrs. Smith's fish sauce shop.
Sam's shop stocks short spotted socks.
If Stu chews shoes, should Stu choose the shoes he chews?
Sure the ship's shipshape, sir.
Cedar shingles should be shaved and saved.
Thieves seize skis.
Three free throws.
I thought a thought, but the thought I thought wasn't the thought I thought I thought.
Tim, the thin twin tinsmith.
The 2:22 train tore through the tunnel.
Vincent vowed vengeance very vehemently.
Twelve twins twirled twelve twigs.
Which witch wished which wicked wish?
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Preshrunk silk shirts.
The epitome of femininity.
Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear; Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair.Ê Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn't very fuzzy, was he?