By: Ally Brandfass, Greenheart Exchange Marketing and Outreach Intern 

Can you say this five times fast? — Sally sells sea shells by the sea shore.

Was that hard? I think so! Even for a native English speaker, that’s tough to get through, because it is a tongue twister!

Tongue twisters are words or phrases that are difficult to say. Often, this is because of alliteration — a repeating letter or sound.

Let’s take a closer look — Sally sells sea shells by the sea shore.

There are eight words in this sentence and six of them start with the letter “s”!

Let’s try another one—Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper. Another six words that, this time, started with the letter “p”!

These alliterations aren’t just fun to say, they can actually help with your English pronunciation. Tongue twisters force you to isolate your sounds and pay close attention to each individual letter. They can be hard to say correctly on the first try, but repeating and practicing the phrases help to make them easier and easier!

If you really want to master these tricky twisters, take a few minutes each day to practice. Your tongue will catch up to your brain, and you will soon be breezing through them. Remember — the more you practice, the better you will get!

Want to impress your friends and family? Practice these three tongue twisters! Send us a video on Snapchat- Greenheart.wt!

  • How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
  • Betty Botter bought some butter, but she said the butter’s bitter.
  • I saw Susie sitting in a shoeshine shop.

Do you have tongue twisters in your language? Share them with us!

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