Tongue Twisters

Great communicators have clear diction and articulation.
Practice this series of tongue-twisters to warm up your voice and enhance your ability to communicate.


'Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning'

- Maya Angelou



Tongue-Twister 1

Stan the silk sheet slitter slit six silk sheets.

Tongue-Twister 2

To sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock
In a pestilential prison with a life long lock
Awaiting the sensation of a short, sharp shock
From a cheap and chippy chopper on a big black block.

- Gilbert & Sullivan, The Mikado

Tongue-Twister 3

Unique New York
Unique New York

Tongue-Twister 4

One smart fellow
He felt smart
Two smart fellows
They felt smart
Three smart fellows
They all felt smart

Tongue-Twister 5

Red lorry, yellow lorry, red lorry, yellow lorry (repeat 5 times)
Red leather, yellow leather (repeat 5 times)
Which witch wished which wicked wish? (repeat 5 times)

Tongue-Twister 6

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?

Tongue-Twister 8

Silly Sally swiftly shooed seven silly sheep.
The seven silly sheep Silly Sally shooed
shilly-shallied south.
These sheep shouldn’t sleep in a shack;
sheep should sleep in a shed.

Tongue-Twister 9

It was eight bells ringing,
For the morning watch was done,
And the gunner’s lads were singing
As they polished every gun.
It was eight bells ringing,
And the gunner’s lads were singing,
For the ship she rode a-swinging,
As they polished every gun.
Billy buttons bought a bunch of beautiful bananas.

Tongue-Twister 10

I am not the pheasant plucker,
I’m the pheasant plucker’s mate.
I am only plucking pheasants
Because the pheasant plucker’s late.

Tongue-Twister 11

To sit in solemn silence in a dull dark dock
In a pestilential prison with a lifelong lock
Awaiting the sensation of a short sharp shock
From a cheap ad chippy chopper on a big black block




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