Grade: all
Subject: Language

#1333. Tongue Twisters

Language, level: all
Posted Sat Oct 2 05:12:07 PDT 1999 by Thad Schmenk (
Matsuyama JHS, Japan
Materials Required: none
Activity Time: 5-10 minutes
Concepts Taught: Pronunciation Practice

Tongue Twisters

Tongue Twisters are always a fun activity in any language classroom. You can hold contests to see which student can say the tongue twister the fastest, loudest, or with the most expression.

For the ESL Classroom

She sells sea shells by the seashore.
red rubber baby buggy bumpers
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
A skunk sat on a stump.
How much wood could a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
The sixth sheik's sixth sheep is sick.

Japanese Tongue Twister.
aomakigami, akamakigami, kimakigami. (blue rolled paper, red rolled paper, yellow rolled paper)
kaeru, pioko pioko, mi pioko pioko, wasete pioko pioko, mu pioko pioko. (something about a
frog jumping)

German Tongue Twisters.
In Ulm und um Ulm und um Ulm herum.
Gibst du Opi Opium, bringt Opium Opi um.
Wenn der Benz bremmst, brennt das Benz-Bremmslicht.
Wenige wissen wieviel man wissen muss, um zu wissen wie wenig man weiss.