Tongue twisters are a real challenge for the English learner because they test the ability of the mouth to make quick and exact movements in spoken English.
As a result, tongue twisters can be seen as a form of exercise for students learning English, and should be paired with pronunciation practice when trying to improve English speaking.
Tongue twisters are a great way to improve your pronunciation and exercise your mouth. Try them slowly at first, and then read them as fast as you can.
English Tongue Twisters
Peter Piper ...
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
Did Peter Piper pick a peck of pickled peppers?
If Peter Piper Picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
She sells seashells ...
She sells seashells by the seashore.
The shells she sells are surely seashells.
So if she sells shells on the seashore,
I'm sure she sells seashore shells.
Mr. See owned ...
Mr. See owned a saw.
And Mr. Soar owned a seesaw.
Now, See's saw sawed Soar's seesaw
Before Soar saw See,
Which made Soar sore.
Had Soar seen See's saw
Before See sawed Soar's seesaw,
See's saw would not have sawed
So See's saw sawed Soar's seesaw.
But it was sad to see Soar so sore
just because See's saw sawed
Perspicacious Polly Perkins ...
Perspicacious Polly Perkins purchased Peter's product
And peddled pickles to produce a pretty profit!
Pure food ...
Pure food for poor mules
The Leith police ...
The Leith police dismisseth thee,
The Leith police dismisseth us.
What noise annoys ...
What noise annoys an oyster?
The noise that annoys an oyster
is a noise that knows no oyster.
The sixth sick sheik's ...
The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick
A tutor who ...
A tutor who tooted the flute
tried to tutor two tooters to toot.
Said the two to their tutor:
"Is it harder to toot,
Or to tutor two tooters to toot?"
A skunk sat ...
A skunk sat on a stump and thunk the stump stunk,
but the stump thunk the skunk stunk.
Imagine an imaginary ...
Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager
imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.
A tree-toad loved ...
A tree-toad loved a she-toad
Who lived up in a tree.
He was a two-toed tree-toad,
But a three-toed toad was she.
The two-toed tree-toad tried to win
The three-toed she-toad's heart,
For the two-toed tree-toad loved the ground
That the three-toed tree-toad trod.
But the two-toed tree-toad tried in vain;
He couldn't please her whim.
From her tree-toad bower,
With her three-toed power,
The she-toad vetoed him.
Ned Nott was shot ...
Ned Nott was shot and Sam Shott was not.
So it is better to be Shott than Nott.
Some say Nott was not shot.
But Shott says he shot Nott.
Either the shot Shott shot at Nott was not shot,
Or Nott was shot.
If the shot Shott shot shot Nott, Nott was shot.
But if the shot Shott shot shot Shott,
Then Shott was shot, not Nott.
However, the shot Shott shot shot not Shott, but Nott.
Betty Botter had some ...
Betty Botter had some butter,
But, she said, "this butter's bitter.
If I bake this bitter butter,
It would make my batter bitter.
But a bit of better butter,
That would make my batter better."
So she bought a bit of butter –
Better than her bitter butter –
And she baked it in her batter;
And the batter was not bitter.
So 'twas better Betty Botter
Bought a bit of better butter.
Theophilus Thistle, ...
Theophilus Thistle, the Thistle Sifter,
Sifted a sieve of unsifted thistles.
If Theophilus Thistle, the Thistle Sifter,
Sifted a sieve of unsifted thistles,
Where is the sieve of un-sifted thistles
Theophilus Thistle, the Thistle Sifter, sifted?
A big black bear ...
A big black bear bit a big black bug
and the big black bug bled black blood.
Moses supposes his toeses ...
Moses supposes his toeses are roses,
but Moses supposes erroneously;
for nobody's toeses are poses of roses,
as Moses supposes his toeses to be.
United States ...
United States twin-screw steel cruisers
I never smelled ...
I never smelled a smelt that smelled like that smelt smelled
Esau Wood sawed ...
Esau Wood sawed wood.
Esau Wood would saw wood with a wood saw.
Esau's wood saw would saw wood!
One day, Wood's wood saw would saw no wood,
so Wood sought a wood saw that would.
Then, Wood saw a wood saw saw wood as no
wood saw Wood ever saw wood sawed wood.
So Wood sought the wood saw that sawed wood
as no wood saw Wood ever saw ever sawed.
Now Wood saws wood with the wood saw Wood
saw saw wood as no wood saw
Wood ever saw would wood saw wood.
She stood on ...
She stood on the balcony,
inexplicably mimicking him hiccoughing,
and amicably welcoming him home.
Freshly-fried flying fish.
Many an anemone ...
Many an anemone sees an enemy anemone.
How much wood ...
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck
If a woodchuck could chuck wood?
He would chuck, he would, as much as he could,
And chuck as much as a woodchuck would
If a woodchuck could chuck wood.
Which wristwatches ...
Which wristwatches are Swiss wristwatches?