Tongue Twister Blisters

When teaching drama I often include fun moments even if the work is about to become serious.  Here are three tongue twisters from the soon-to-be released COLOUR ME MORE: TEACHING DRAMATIC ARTS by Andrew Pender-Smith.

1. Lazy Maisie made a mad mistake in the muddled maze. Now lazy Maisie’s madly    muddled in the madly muddled maze.

2. Tongue-tripping tongue twisters gave my tripping tongue big blisters.

3. Super Hero. Super Zero. (Start saying this one slowly and then build it up to as fast as you can while keeping the words crisp.)

In one of its editions the ‘Guinness Book of World Records’ named the tongue twister below as particularly difficult. Try it and see what you think.

The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick.

A team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have dubbed this tongue twister the world’s most difficult.

“Pad kid poured curd pulled cod.”

Give them both a try, and see what you think.

If you are a teacher, you might like to get your students to create some tongue twisters of their own. Whose tongue twister trips up more tongues than any other? Have fun getting tongues and lips working for better articulation.




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