Tongue twisters are short, memorable lines that are difficult to pronounce, especially rapidly, because of alliteration or a slight variation of consonant sounds. Tongue twisters are especially useful in pronunciation when focusing on a specific, related phonemes, or sounds. In other words, there are a number of 's' sounds such as 'sh', 'z' and 'tch'. A tongue twister focuses on the minor changes in the mouth required to move between these sounds. By changing back and forth a number of times to the different sounds, students can improve their knowledge of the specific physical movements required for that particular phoneme set. Learning a tongue twister employs musical intelligence, which is one of each learners multiple intelligences another example of this type of learning includes grammar chants.
Tongue Twisters are lots of fun (and difficult). They often don't make much sense, but they certainly exercise your pronunciation muscles. Four tongue twisters are listed below. Click on the link to go to the tongue twister and recording, listen as often as you want, and give them a try on your own!