Special Sub-Topic: Tantalizing Tongue Twisters for Tots
|Peter Piper is a diligent lad. One day he picked a peck of something pickled. What did Peter Piper pick?|
peppers. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. A peck of pickled peppers, Peter Piper picked. If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked? This is a nice example of an aspirated "p" sound. You might be wondering how much is a peck. I leave it to my gentle readers to find the answer.
|Once upon a time, an unfriendly insect bit an unsuspecting ursine creature. These creatures can be grizzly, black, white or brown. What kind of mammal did the big black bug bite?|
a bear. The big black bug bit the big black bear, but the big black bear bit the big black bug back! Our unhappy bear is the only mammal in the list of choices. The sentence will help you pronounce the letter "b."
|Sally lives by the seashore. She collects the hard outer coverings of animals that live in the sea. Then, she sells them. What does Sally sell?|
seashells. Sally sells seashells by the seashore. The shells Sally sells are surely from the sea. There are many variations of this modest tongue twister which employ the "s" and "sh" sounds.
|The other day, I met a woodchuck. In the course of making its burrow, it would throw away large amounts of dirt. I was curious, though. How much of a certain substance found in trees, could a woodchuck potentially throw away? (It's in the name of the animal.)|
wood. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
He'd chuck all the wood that a woodchuck could, if a woodchuck could chuck wood. If a woodchuck could chuck wood, and I think that it could, it would be much more than a peck. It's not that difficult, but it is great fun to say.
|I can think of thin things and I can think of thick things. How many of these things can I think of? It's as simple as 1+2+3. |
six. Here is an example of the soft "th" sound. It's unvoiced. Here we go: I can think of six thin things, but I can think of six thick things, too.
|The other day, I met a fellow named Shep. Shep liked to drink schnapps. Unfortunately, it wasn't good for Shep's timepiece. What did Shep wear on his wrist? |
a watch. This is the sad tale of Shep Schwab and his watch. Shep Schwab shopped at Scott's schnapps shop. One shot of Scott's schnapps stopped Schwab's watch. Now, Shep only drinks milk.
|The ragged rascal went round and round. Around what rugged object did this rascal run? (The word rhymes with block, sock and clock.)|
rock. This is quite fun to say. To make it a bit more difficult, you may "roll" the "r" sound. That is an alveolar trill. Here is the twister: Round and round the rugged rock the ragged rascal ran.
|There once was a wise sheik who had some sheep. The sheik was sixth in line. The sheik's sixth sheep was feeling ill. What is a word that describes the sheep's poor state of health? (The word rhymes with brick and stick.)|
sick. This short entertaining tongue twister is purportedly one of the most difficult to say quickly in the English language. It goes as follows: The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick. Let's hope the sheep is feeling better, soon.
|This tongue twister is quite fun to say and it appeared as lyrics in the film, "Singin' in the Rain." There was a man who thought his "toes-es" were like roses. He is famous for crossing the Red Sea and receiving the Ten Commandments. (His name rhymes with roses.) What is his name?|
Moses. Some of the words are not proper English, but they are used to help with the rhymes. Here is how it goes: Moses supposes his toes-es are roses, but Moses supposes erroneously. Moses, he knows-es his toes-es aren't roses, as Moses supposes his toes-es to be.
|Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear. Sadly, Fuzzy wasn't the least bit fuzzy. What was Fuzzy lacking? (It rhymes with bear.)|
hair. This short rhyming tongue twister is quite fun to say. The sad story of our friendly bear goes as follows: Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear. Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair.
Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn't very fuzzy, was he? Note how the "s" in "was" is pronounced as a "z" sound. Fuzzy is headed for the pharmacy to get some minoxidil.
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