8 Tongue Twisters to improve English pronunciation

When learning a language like English, it is important to learn the correct pronunciation right away, not to correct your pronunciation at some point in the future. Being able to work out a particular sound pattern with a tongue twister helps not only with perfecting the sounds of consonants, but also with being able to speak the language quickly and clearly. Learn a few tongue twisters and repeat them several times each day and you will see a noticeable improvement. Give it a try and see how you do!

listening to english tongue twisters
Listen closely to see how you can distinguish between the different words


Exercise for the sounds [w], [t], and [d]

Whenever the weather is cold.

Whenever the weather is hot.

We'll weather the weather,

whatever the weather,

whether we like it or not.


Exercise for the sound [b]

How many berries could a bare berry carry, if a bare berry could carry berries?

Well they can not carry berries

(Which could make you very wary)

but a bare berry carried is more scary!


Exercise for the sounds [f] and [sh]

There was a fisherman named Fisher

who fished for some fish in a fissure.

Till a fish with a grin, pulled the fisherman in.

Now they're fishing the fissure for Fisher.


Exercise for the sound [l]

Little lady Lilly lost her lovely locket,

Lucky little Lucy found the lovely locket.

Lovely little locket lay in Lucy's pocket,

Lazy little Lucy lost the lovely locket!

recording english tongue twisters
Recording yourself while you practice may help you pinpoint particular pronunciations you are having difficulty with


Exercise for the sound [æ]

A black fat and sad and mad

cat sat at that hat

And that's Jack's hat

And Jakc 'hat's black

And Jack's mad as that black and fat and sad cat!


Exercise for the sounds [l] and [m]

A maid named Lady Marmalade

made mainly lard and lemonade.

M'lady lamely never made

a well-named, labelled marmalade.


Exercise for the sound combination [wa]

Swan swam over the pond,

Swim swan swim!

Swan swam back again-

Well swum swan!


Exercise for the sounds [f] and [p]

I'm not the pheasant plucker, I'm the pheasant plucker's mate,

And I'm only plucking pheasants' cause the pheasant plucker's late.

I'm not the pheasant plucker, I'm the pheasant plucker's son,

And I'm only plucking pheasants till the pheasant pluckers come.


studying english tongue twisters
Practice with your friends and learn how your pronunciation is improving


So how did you do? Impressed with your pronunciation skills? Exercise regularly and soon all your classmates will envy your English pronunciation. If you are thinking about further improving your English speaking skills, take a look at some of our English courses abroad to see if they might be right for you.



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