According to a study carried out by psychologists in Boston, the world’s hardest tongue twister is (drum roll please)
Hummm…Although it might seem tricky, I wonder how they actually worked out why it can be classed as the world’s hardest tongue twister. Try saying it quickly 10 times. I bet you can’t do it without making a mistake.
Here’s an interesting question to think about – is it our tongue or our brain that is actually responsible for our inability to articulate tongue twisters?
What is a tongue twister anyway, and why do we use them? Tongue twisters are phrases that are designed to be difficult to articulate properly. They are used to practise pronunciation and they are not just for kids. English tongue twisters may be used by foreign students of English to improve their accent, actors who need to develop a certain accent, and by speech therapists to help those with speech difficulties. They are also a great tool to use by anyone wanting to warm up their speech organs before speaking publically.
I am sure you all know at least one tongue twister. Maybe it’s the Peter Piper twister, or Red Lorry, Yellow Lorry. All of them work on particular vowel or consonant sounds.
Here are a few for you to play with:
How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?
Seth at Sainsbury’s sells thick socks.
Wayne went to Wales to watch walruses.
Flash message (say this quickly as many times as you can)
Black background, brown background (say this quickly as many times as you can)
Have a go and see which you find the most challenging. Some will be easier than others. These are great to have in your ‘toolkit’ for when you want to ensure you are not going trip over your words when you are speaking in front of an audience.