Did you know tongue twisters teach the brain to connect tongue movements to sounds? It is an important motor skill just like learning to ride a bike. Before going on stage, Actors, politicians, and motivational speakers use tongue twisters to warm up by exercising the muscles in their mouth, so they can gain clarity in their pronunciation and produce clearer speech patterns, its beneficial for correcting previously difficult syllables.
As a English Second Language learner, you can practise, as a learning exercise, having fun with tongue twisters. First of all, the tongue twister must be spoken slowly; to give you the time to say it correctly with its proper pronunciation and articulation. When you're more confident, you can increase the speed until you're able to say the tongue twister at various speeds without mispronouncing or tripping up your tongue.
Here are a few to practise.
Peter Piper ( You can see a Youtube video, walking you through the pronunciation, with the subtitles and the IPA code : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aqrfk-RdRDU
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?
One of the shortest but hardest ones is to say: Toy Boat, over and over again.
Do you need to practise you TH sounds? Try saying Red Leather, Yellow Leather over and over again. Have fun.
5 wonderful ways to effortlessly enrich your vocabulary,opening doors, to a bright sparkling future.
Why is learning vocabulary so important? Linguistic competence determines how well a person's knowledge is organised. Students with a larger vocabulary are more confident, and tend to do better academically, and in the work place. Unsurprisingly, students with a richer vocabulary and improved reading comprehension also read more for pleasure. Words can open doors into a myriad of opportunities…
A diet of dull words starves the imagination… The words we use in everyday conversation are not as sophisticated as the words we read in books. The vocabulary found in comic books, novels and magazines is three times richer than English spoken by adults. Conversation is important. However, it is the more complex, varied vocabulary found in books that students need to gain meaning from what they read and to achieve academic success or to climb the career ladder.
Check out these refreshing resources:
1) Mrs. Wordsmith
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