Today, I want to challenge you to a tongue twister competition!

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A tongue twister is a phrase that is purposefully difficult to say. They are often used as a game, but tongue twisters can be excellent ways to also improve your pronunciation and fluency. Therefore, I want to introduce three excellent tongue twisters which will help you to practice a few of the more difficult parts of English pronunciation. 

I am going to read out three different tongue twisters. I’ll read them slowly, and then again a little faster. You’ll be able to find the written tongue twisters in the description and on the blog! However, to practice most effectively, you need to be able to repeat the phrases multiple times and at a fast pace. I think it would be interesting if you record yourself speaking and send me a clip to listen to. Actually, if you look at the bottom of the podcast episode description, you have the option to send me a voice message! If you would like, click on that link, record yourself, and then send it to me! 

Tongue Twister 1

Red Lorry, Yellow Lorry (x3)

Tongue Twister 2

She sells seashells on the seashore 

Tongue Twister 3

If three witches were watching three watches, which witch would watch which watch?

Each of these tongue twisters target a different group of challenging sounds; sounds that English students often struggle to master! Keep practicing, and you’ll soon be an expert. Record yourself and send me a clip, visit my Instagram and blog, and if you listen on Apple podcasts please leave me a rating and review. 5* reviews really, really help, and if you write something nice I might read it out in a future episode! Regular episodes will be back soon, but until then, thank you for listening and I hope you are having a good day!

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By Tom Wilkinson

Host and founder of Thinking in English, Tom is committed to providing quality and interesting content to all English learners. Previously a research student at a top Japanese university and with a background in English teaching, political research, and Asian languages, Tom is now working fulltime on bettering Thinking in English!

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