Grade: all
Subject: Language

#1274. Japanese Tongue Twister

Language, level: all
Posted Wed Aug 25 00:01:16 PDT 1999 by Thad Schmenk (
Matsuyama Board of Education, Matsuyama, Japan
Materials Required: none
Activity Time: 5 minutes
Concepts Taught: Foreign Language

Japanese Tongue Twister

Here is a Japanese tongue twister which can be used in elementary schools to teach them about different writing systems and sound systems.

After teaching the students how to pronounce the tongue twister, offer the challange to see who can say it correctly the fastest.

‚ ‚¨‚ά‚«‚ͺ‚݁A‚ ‚©‚ά‚«‚ͺ‚݁A‚«‚ά‚«‚ͺ‚݁@
a o ma ki ga mi, a ga ma ki ga mi, ki ma ki ga mi
iblue rolled paper, red rolled paper, yellow rolled paperj

when trying to pronounce this, use the German, French, or Spanish vowel pronunciation system.

You can also teach the student tongue twisters from other foreign languages. This will help the students discover and learn about other language in a fun and relaxed manner.

For example, a German tongue twister:

In Ulm und um Ulm, und um Ulm herum.