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Tongue twisters in English

A sentence or series of words that is hard to say correctly is called a tongue twister in English. Children love tongue twisters and challenge their friends to try to say them fast several times in row. For English learners, tongue twisters are a fun way to work on one or two sounds at a time to get the pronunciation just right. Start by saying the tongue twister slowly, then try to speed up. Once you can say a tongue twister through, try to say it twice or three times in a row for a bigger challenge.

Tongue twister Sounds/words emphasized Difficulty (for a native speaker)
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? wood & chuck (means: throw) Easy
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. How many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick? p Easy
Can you can a can as a canner can can a can? can Easy
Frivolously fanciful Fannie fried fresh fish furiously f Easy
To begin to toboggan first buy a toboggan, but don't buy too big a toboggan. Too big a toboggan is too big a toboggan to buy to begin to toboggan. b & t Easy
She saw Sharif's shoes on the sofa. But was she so sure those were Sharif's shoes she saw? s & sh Easy
Give papa a cup of proper coffe in a copper coffe cup. c & p Medium
Black background, brown background b Medium
Seventy-seven benevolent elephants l & v Medium
The chic Sikh's sixty-sixth sheep is sick s & k Medium
A loyal warrior will rarely worry why we rule. l & r Medium
A pessemistic pest exists amidst us. s & st Medium
Drew Dodd's dad's dog's dead. d Medium
Which witch switched the Swiss wristwatches? w, s & ch Hard
She sells seashells by the seashore. s & sh Hard