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Tongue Twisters

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Adrian Rondon

on 14 August 2014

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Transcript of Tongue Twisters

Teaching Tongue Twisters to improve students' pronunciation
Why are they called like that?
They are phrases that require us to quickly change the position of our tongue in order to accurately pronounce the words. These may be as short as a two-word phrase "
toy boat
" or a longer phrase such as "
the sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep is sick
Why are Tongue Twisters good for students?
They serve a practical purpose in practicing pronunciation. English tongue twisters may be used by foreign students of English to improve their accent, actors who need to develop a certain accent, and by speech therapists to help those with speech difficulties. When their use is for one of these more serious reasons, then tongue twisters are generally subdivided into categories classifying them by the particular vowel or consonant sounds they exercise.
They are the result of combining the effects of alliteration (repetition of a sound), particularly of similar but not identical sounds; with a phrase designed such that it is made very easy to slip (perhaps making a Spoonerism) accidentally.
Most Common Mistakes
When speaking, we tend not to pronounce, or mispronounce, vowel or consonant sounds we do not have in our mother tongue lexicon. As foreign language students, sometimes it is hard for us to articulate, slip our tongue and even pronouncing the correct phoneme to create new sentences.

The sounds we do not have in our vocal range are usually fricative sounds (sheep, vase, thanks), plosive sounds at the end of the words (cup, pub, cut) and the semivowels (would, youth).
If we found the problem,
what could we do?
Alveolar /t/
Mr. Tongue Twister
tried to train his tongue
to twist and turn,
and twit and twat,
to learn the letter “t”.
What are Tongue Twisters?
Velar ∕ ɰ ∕
Wunwun was a racehorse,
Tutu was one too.
Wunwun won one race,
Tutu won one too.
Velar /k/ & /g/
A big black bug
bit the big black bear,
but the big black bear
bit the big black bug back.
Alveolar ∕ r ∕
Betty Botter bought a bit of butter.
The butter Betty Botter bought was a bit bitter
and made her batter bitter.
But a bit of better butter makes better batter.
So Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter
making Betty Botter’s bitter batter better.
Dental ∕ θ ∕
I thought, I thought
of thinking of thanking you.
Alveolar ∕z∕ (voiced)
Fuzzy wuzzy was a bear,
Fuzzy wuzzy had no hair.
Fuzzy wuzzy wasn’t fuzzy, was he?
Postalveolar ∕ ʃ ∕ Alveolar ∕s∕ (voiceless)
She sells sea-shells on the sea-shore.
So the sea-shells she sells are sea-shells for sure.
Postalveolar ∕ ʧ ∕
How much wood would a wood-chuck chuck
If a wood-chuck could chuck wood.
A wood-chuck would chuck wood all day
If a wood-chuck could chuck wood.
Teaching Tongue Twisters to improve students' pronunciation
by Adrian Rondón
by Adrian Rondón
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