Tongue twister rhymes have long been used to help people who suffer from speech impediments. But it can also be used for broader, commercial applications, which are just as useful…
You don’t have to be an eight-year-old child in the playground to enjoy tongue twisters. In fact, they’re fantastic for people who need to lose very strong accents for work reasons, such as those in services industries or roles which require a lot of public speaking or performance.
If you’re someone who tends to chew or muddle your words, or if you have poor elocution – especially if it gets worse when you’re feeling jittery before a public presentation, here’s a few brilliant tongue twisters to loosen your knots and steady your nerves:
- Six sick slim sycamore saplings
- A box of biscuits, a batch of mixed biscuits
- A skunk sat on a stump and thunk the stump stunk, but the stump thunk the skunk stunk
- Six thick thistle sticks. Six thick thistles stick
- Is this your sister’s sixth zither, sir?
- A big black bug bit a big black bear, made the big black bear bleed blood
- The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick
- Toy boat. Toy boat. Toy boat
- Friendly Frank flips fine flapjacks
- Vincent vowed vengeance very vehemently
- Cheap ship trip
- Lovely lemon liniment
- Tim, the thin twin tinsmith
- Gertie’s great-grandma grew aghast at Gertie’s grammar
- Fat frogs flying past fast
- The boot black bought the black boot back
- Moose noshing much mush
- Ruby Rugby’s brother brought and bought her back some rubber baby-buggy bumpers
- Lesser leather never weathered wetter weather better
Try and repeat the above several times. The meaning will be completely lost – but it will help your diction to become pitch perfect.