Learn some tongue twisters and have fun with your friends

Spoken English: Tongue-twisters

A tongue-twister is a sequence of words that is difficult to pronounce quickly and correctly. Even native English speakers find the tongue-twisters difficult to say quickly. Try them yourself. Try to say them as fast as possible, but correctly!

• A proper copper coffee pot.

• Around the rugged rocks the ragged rascals ran.

• Long legged ladies last longer.

• Pink lorry, yellow lorry.

• Red leather, yellow leather, red leather, yellow leather.

• She sells sea-shells on the sea-shore.

• The sixth sick Sheik’s sixth sheep is sick.

• Three grey geese in green fields grazing.

• We surely shall see the sun shine soon.

• A box o f biscuits, a box o f mixed biscuits, mixed biscuits and a biscuit mixer.

• How much wood would a wood-chuck chuck ifa wood-chuck could chuck wood?

• A wood-chuck, i f a wood-chuck could chuck wood, would chuck as much wood as a wood-chuck could chuck if a wood-chuck could chuck wood.

• She sells sea shells on the seashore, the shells she sells are sea- shells I’m sure. But if she sells sea-shells on the seashore I’m sure she sells seashore shells.

• What noise annoys an oyster? Any noise annoys an oyster, but noisy noise annoys an oyster most.

• Which witch wished which wicked wish? Which wristwatches are Swiss wristwatches? 

• Betty Botter bought some butter, but the butter was so bitter, if Betty Botter put the bitter butter in her batter, the bitter butter would make her batter bitter, so it was better Betty Botter bought some better butter, so the better butter would not make her batter bitter.

• Sir Harry Harvey hit his head very hard with a heavy hammer and Happy Henry was hopping mad. However his heavy hammer hadn’t hurt his highness hard head.

• Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper.

• Rhys watched Ross switch his Irish wristwatch for a Swiss wristwatch.

• I wish to wash my Irish wristwatch.

• Near an ear, a nearer ear, a nearly eerie ear.

• On a lazy laser raiser lies a laser ray eraser.

• Bill had a billboard. Bill also had a board bill. The board bill bored Bill so Bill sold the billboard to pay the board bill. After, Bill sold the billboard to pay the board bill, the board bill no longer bored Bill.

• Scissors sizzle, thistles sizzle.

• Tom threw Tim three thumbtacks.

• How much caramel can a canny canon ball cram in a camel if a canny canon ball can cram caramel in a camel?

• He threw three free throws.

• Fresh French fried fly fritters

• How many sheets could a sheet slitter slit if a sheet slitter could slit sheets?

Have fun zealots!