Most people think of tongue twisters as a trivial activity for kids, full of jibberish words and phrases that are equal parts fun and frustrating. But really, these seemingly random constructions of alliterative words and palindromic phrases are a surefire way to improve fluency and pronunciation, making it a great way to get your kid’s speaking skills up to par. In fact, Natalie Portman dedicated an entire section in her acting MasterClass to the tongue-twisters she uses before going on set to perfect her speech, and politicians and news anchors are known to practice tongue twisters before going on air.
Of course, these deliberately difficult expressions can be the opposite of fun for kids who are still learning to speak, so it’s important to find that balance between challenging tongue twisters and downright impossible one. We’ve compiled the best easy-to-memorize tongue twisters that will give your kid (and you) instant satisfaction when they finally get them right.
- I thought a thought,
But the thought I thought wasn’t the thought I thought I thought
If the thought I thought I thought had been the thought I thought
I wouldn’t have thought so much.
- I saw Susie sitting in a shoe shine shop
Where she shines, she sits, and where she sits, she shines
A big black bug bit a big black dog on his big black nose.
Six slippery snails, slid slowly seaward
- Whether the weather is warm,
whether the weather is hot,
we have to put up with the weather,
whether we like it or not.
- The bottom of the butter bucket is the buttered bucket bottom.
- A sailor went to sea to see what he could see. And all he could see was sea, sea, sea.
- If a dog chews shoes, whose shoes does he choose?
- Five frantic frogs fled from fifty fierce fishes.
- Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear,
Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair,
Wuzzy wasn’t very fuzzy, was he?
- If practice makes perfect and perfect needs practice, I’m perfectly practiced and practically perfect.
- Betty and Bob brought back blue balloons from the big bazaar.
- I saw a saw that could saw out any other saw I ever saw.
- Nine nice night nurses nursing nicely.
- I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit, and the slitted sheet I sit.
- A skunk sat on a stump and thunk the stump stunk, but the stump thunk the skunk stunk.
- Any noise annoys an oyster, but a noisy noise annoys an oyster more.
- Four furious friends fought for the phone.
- Chester cheetah chews a chunk of cheap cheddar cheese.
- Lesser leather never weathered wetter weather better
- We surely shall see the sun shine soon
- Wayne went to wales to watch walruses
- Fred fed Ted bread and Ted fed Fred bread.
- Betty Botter bought some butter but, said she, the butter’s bitter.
If I put it in my batter, it will make my batter bitter.
But a bit of better butter will make my bitter batter better.
So she bought some better butter, better than the bitter butter,
put it in her bitter batter, made her bitter batter better.
- Birdie birdie in the sky
laid a turdie in my eye.
If cows could fly I’d have a cow pie in my eye.
- How much ground would a groundhog hog, if a groundhog could hog ground?
A groundhog would hog all the ground he could hog, if a groundhog could hog ground.
- “Surely Sylvia swims!” shrieked Sammy surprised. “Someone should show Sylvia some strokes so she shall not sink.”
- The thirty-three thieves thought that they thrilled the throne throughout Thursday.
- Can you can a canned can into an un-canned can like a canner can can a canned can into an un-canned can?