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ESOL: Have Fun Speaking English with Tongue Twisters

Updated on October 14, 2011

On a part-time basis, I teach ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and I share this fun “Speaking and Listening” exercise, which could be for:

  • Teachers of ESOL.
  • ESOL Learners.
  • Parents – (Native English speakers) you could get kids to read it, maybe if you have a long drive. They can check how many times they can say it, without jumbling their words - for fun.


Tongue Twisters

1. ~ How much dew would a dew drop, if a dew drop did drop dew?

2. ~ Peter poked a poker at the piper, so the piper poked pepper at Peter.

3. ~ Shut up the shutters and sit in the shop.

4. ~ We surely shall see the sun shine soon.

5. ~ The soldier's shoulder surely hurts!

6. ~ Please pay promptly.

7. ~ A box of biscuits, a batch of mixed biscuits.

8. ~ The two-twenty-two train tore through the tunnel.


Challenging Level

9. ~ She stood on the balcony inexplicably mimicing him hiccupping and amicably welcoming him home.

10. ~ Paul, please pause for proper applause.

11. ~ If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, how many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?

12. ~ These thousand tricky tongue twisters trip thrillingly off the tongue.


Hope you didn’t bite your Tongue. ٩(•̮̮̃•̃)۶



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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      ** Lol RoyalMark - It's a Tongue Twister not a Mind Twister. Oh you are so smart. Thanks for trying it out.

      ** Hello Paul - Thanks for sharing that Tongue Twister. I didn't bite my Tongue, but my teeth nearly fell out. with all the "Sh"s. Hope your week is full of smiles.

      ** Hi Feenix - Thanks for giving it a try. I am glad it made you smile. Best Wishes.

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      feenix 6 years ago

      Hello, Lady_E,

      Well, this article gave my tongue a real good workout.

      And thank you very much for writing and publishing this post, because it really did make me smile which is something I need to do more often.

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      paulgc 6 years ago

      Hello Lady_E,

      excellent tongue twisters, here's one i heard a while ago...

      " How much glass can a glass man smash if a glass man can smash glass"

      I like that you post fun articles as they always bring a smile to my face, thank you for cheering me up.

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      Royalmark 6 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      Funny twisters.

      I bet Eminem does it better than Lady Elena :-p.

      I love #10 and #11 by the way and I also didn't bite my tongue because I read it in my mind and my mind doesn't have a tongue.



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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      ** Nice one Anglnwu - that's so brilliant. I would never had known that, from your Hubs. Thanks for stopping.

      ** Hello Eiddwen - glad you enjoyed it. Have a fab weekend.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant ,what a gem,we can never have too much fun can we?

      Here's to many more hubs to share and I have to vote up up and away here.

      Take care and have a great day.


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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      Haha, what fun. I used to try to say the Peter Piper one as fast as I can--English is my second language. Thanks for sharing.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      ** Hi Ruby, I'm glad you didn't bite your tongue. I have a collection of funny symbols saved on a Word Document. I just copy and paste when I want to use them. Feel free to copy and paste that one. (I don't know how it was made from scratch) Some are on my profile page too. :)

      ** Salute!! Menalist Acer - glad you stopped by to dig it. Cheers.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      ** Hi Dexter, they do. Learning should be fun. Thanks.

      ** Lol Dave Matthews - careful not to bite it. Cheers.

      ** Thanks Leni - Glad you enjoyed it.

      ** Hi Prasetio - I'm glad you stopped by to check it out. Thanks.

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      I'm digging this delightfully dignified dole:-))

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This was fun and i didn't bite my tongue lol How did you make the little face at the end of the tongue line? Cute as a button....

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I never heard about this method. May Be, because I live in the country where English isn't a major language. But I am glad to know this from you. Vote up and useful!


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      Leni Sands 6 years ago from UK

      Some English as a first language people would have trouble saying some of these tongue twisters. Love the hub. Tongue Twisters truly tickle my tongue today, tonight and tomorrow.

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      E-Lady: I love tongue twisters only my tongue twists easily.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 6 years ago from United States

      Hi Lady E! I bet your students have a great time learning with this fun method!