Tongue twisters rely on alliteration – the repetition of the same letter or sound in adjacent words – with a phrase designed as such that it easy for your tongue to get “twisted” (hence the fun!!). Still they are not only an amusing linguistic game, they also actually serve a practical purpose for language and speech development. Tongue twisters help improve pronunciation and speaking clarity, strengthening the muscles necessary for proper speech while you practice the correct placement of your tongue, lips and teeth.
“The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick.“ According to the Guinness Book of World Records, this is the hardest tongue twister to say in the world. But, with that said, it’s not impossible to say it. You may actually be able to say it quickly and on-the-spot. But, this takes time, effort and practice.
So get practicing, try out those tricky tongue twisters. Start by reading slowly and speed up as you feel more comfortable. Try watching yourself in the mirror to see the shape of your mouth and where you are placing your tongue. Then try to recite as fast as possible without tripping over it. It’s a great and happy challenge – try saying, “she sells sea shells on the sea shore” or “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper” and you can’t help but smile and enjoy the race to get it right.
Tips and tricks – How to say Tongue Twister???
1. Find the tongue twister you want to say successfully – Say you want to say “Good Blood, Bad Blood.”
2. Recite tongue twister on a piece of paper clearly and read it five times by yourself.
3. Now read that tongue twister slowly while looking at the paper, but whispering and do this at least five times.
4. Now read it out loud very slowly, five times – “Go-od Bl-o-o-d, ba-d bl-o-o-d”.
5. Do this again and again without looking at the paper.
6. Now say each word separately five times – Good five times, blood five times, etc.
7. Say each section (if any) of the tongue twister five times – “Good blood” and “Bad blood” are two separate sections in this tongue twister.
8. Say the tongue twister five times, but putting pauses in between each word – “Good. Blood. Bad. Blood.”
9. Close your eyes and focus and say it once again.Did you say it right?
If not, repeat all steps.
If so, say it twice more and see if you can still say it.
10. Test yourself and say it five times.
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