ESL Pronunciation Exercises Part 2: Tongue Twisters

January 2, 2014

ESL pronunciation exercises with tongue twisters are another fun way to get the mouth muscles used to English pronunciation. Here are my top twisters that students enjoy in order of difficulty.

You are sure to get your students laughing together with these fun tongue twisters.

For more reading on ESL Pronunciation please check out my other articles:
Teaching ESL Pronunciation
ESL Pronunciation Exercises Part 1: Warm Ups
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ESL Pronunciation Exercises: Tongue Twisters

Beginning Tongue Twisters

These are the easiest ones that get us ready for the more difficult twisters.

1. You Know You Need Unique New York

2. Red Leather Yellow Leather

3. Chubby jugglers juggling oranges jovially.

Intermediate Tongue Twisters

1. All but Judge Johnson pledged allegiance to the new legislation. He objected because it was unjust to the soldiers in his region.

2. Mr. Miller had climbed many mountains. But the bottomless chasm that he glimpsed dimly before him was the mightiest in his memory.

Advanced Tongue Twisters

These are in order of difficulty. The first two are taken from classical text which is always nice to introduce to a group of adult learners.

1. Dante’s Inferno
Midway on our life’s journey, I found myself
In dark woods, the right road lost. To tell
About those woods is hard—so tangled and rough
And savage that thinking of it now, I feel
The old fear stirring: death is hardly more bitter.

2. Macbeth’s Tomorrow and Tomorrow Speech

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

3. Dotty’s Tidbits
The final one is the absolute hardest for my students, taken from my former voice teacher’s (a Yale drama graduate) repertoire. It gets them rolling on the floor laughing many times throughout the semester….AND they love to see their progress at the end of the semester when they can finally say it!

Dotty’s Tidbits

Titillate your appetite with Dottie’s tasty tidbits,
The delightful vitaminized teatime dainties,
Artistically wrapped and definitely insulated
With double thicknesses of damp deterrent tinfoil.
Dottie’s tidbits are actually a preventative against
acidity and flatulence–
Do you doubt it?
Then there is only one thing to do:
Try Dottie’s tidbits today.