Let’s practice our English pronunciation with some of my favourite challenging tongue twisters!!



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I think tongue twisters are one of the best ways to practice your English pronunciation and learn how to move your mouth in the same way as a native English speaker. A tongue twister is a phrase that is designed to be difficult to say. They include sounds, or a combination of sounds, that are particularly troubling to say – especially for English learners.

As tongue twisters focus on specific sounds, they provide an opportunity for you to practice quickly and efficiently. By repeating such phrases, tongue twisters can make a real difference to your English!

There are five of my favourite, but challenging, tongue twisters in this episode. I’ll say each one 3 times – each time progressively faster. To practice, you can shadow my speech while reading the blog, and try to read them as fast as possible. If I have time, I’ll record myself saying the tongue twister and upload them on my Instagram page!

And you are more than welcome to record yourself and reply to my Instagram reel (if I upload one…) or send me a voice recording through Spotify or Anchor!!


You know New York, you need New York, you know you need unique New York

He threw three free throws

Wayne went to Wales to watch walruses

We surely shall see the sun shine soon

Betty Botter bought some butter
But she said the butter’s bitter
If I put it in my batter, it will make my batter bitter
But a bit of better butter will make my batter better
So ‘twas better Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter


So those are the five tongue twisters I have selected for all of you to try! Listen to me speak and try yourself. Let me know how you do, which you find difficult, and if it is helping your pronunciation!

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