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Talk About Tongue Twisters


Elocution (no, that doesn't have to do with electricity) is a skill that used to be practiced quite widely. The best examples of current practictioners would be News Anchors--they're paid to speak well/properly, especially when reading things off a teleprompter. How often do you get tongue tied? How often do you see professional speakers get tongue tied? (not often I'd imagine)
So, a fun skill to practice to proper pronunciation. Here are some great tongue twisters to practice with a partner as a fun conversation game.

The Overview

WHAT You Need

Nothing like a Tongue Twister to get your mouth moving

Tongue Twisters are always a fun little challenge that bring back childhood memories. For that reason, they're a good choice as an ice-breaker/conversation piece.
Everyone knows at least one or two tongue twisters, but here are a few the two of you can play with:

  • Peter Piper
    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?

  • How Much Wood..
    How much wood would a woodchuck chuck,
    If a woodchuck could chuck wood?

  • Betty Botter
    Betty Botter bought some butter;
    "But," said she, "this butter's bitter!
    If I put it in my batter
    It will make my batter bitter.
    But a bit o' better butter
    Will but make my batter better."
    Then she bought a bit o’ butter
    Better than the bitter butter,
    Made her bitter batter better.
    So 'twas better Betty Botter
    Bought a bit o’ better butter.

  • Two Tooters
    A tutor who tooted the flute
    Tried to teach two young tooters to toot.
    Said the two to the tutor,
    "Is it harder to toot, or
    To tutor two tooters to toot?"

  • She Sells Sea Shells
    She sells seashells on the sea shore.
    The shells she sells are seashells, I'm sure.
    And if she sells seashells on the sea shore,
    Then I'm sure she sells seashore shells.

  • Pad Kid
    Pad kid poured curd pulled cod

  • Rubber Baby Buggy
    Rubber baby buggy bumpers

  • Glum Groom
    The glum groom grew glummer

WHEN to do it

Whenever Is Fine

Since this is just a little conversation game, you can play whenever you want. It doesn't matter the time (as long as it's not "quiet hours" or something weird). Lull in the conversation? Ask about Tongue Twisters!

WHERE to go

The world is your clam.. cause its easier to spell

There 'where' isn't very particular. As long as you two can hear each other speak, I'd say you're fine. This is good as a "filler" or "thing to do while..". Try these on a walk or drive to your next destination. Times where you want to fill the gaps are the places you can toss in the tongue twisters.