In order to improve pronunciation, learners may need to build up unused muscles in their mouths and build the habit of making sounds correctly. Tongue twisters in which difficult sounds are repeated or contrasted are the calisthenics of pronunciation practice. Directions: Choose the tongue twisters which practice the sounds you are working on. Repeat them three to five times daily. Start saying them slowly and as your pronunciation improves, say them more quickly. Tongue Twisters for Vowels
Practice with many vowel sounds / _/, / _/, / _/, / _/, /I/, / _/ Betty Botter bought some butter, but she said “This butter’s bitter. “If I put it in my batter, it will make my batter bitter.” So, she bought some better butter, better than the bitter butter. When she put it in her batter, the butter made her batter better. Practice with many vowel sounds / _/, / _/, / _w/, / _/, / _/, / __/, Gnats are not now gnawing on the nuts at night.
Practice with /iy/ and /I/
The sheep on the ship slipped on the sheet of sleet.
The keen king kissed the quick queen on her green ring.
Practice with diphthongs / _y/, / __/, and / _w/
/ _y/ Quite nice white mice
/ _w/ How now brown cow
/ __/ The spoiled boy foiled the coy boy’s joy by purloining his toy. Practice with /ow/
Joe told a joke he wrote on his own.
I know that’s not the note that Noel wrote.
The coat from the coast cost more than most
Practice with /uw/, / _/, and / _/
Make some fun, funky food and with some luck
You can bake a kooky cookie or stew a stupid duck
You can look it all up in a cool cook book
Or you can find a good excuse why you shouldn’t have to cook. Practice with /uw/
There was a rude dude in the mood for food.
Whenever he chewed we all viewed his food.
The better the food, the more he chewed,
So I served crude food to this rude dude.
Practice with / _/
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