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  • Writer's pictureDr. V.S. Gayathri

Tongue Twisters For Improving Concentration!

We have all had fun with tongue twisters. But tongue twisters are educational too. They are mostly some repetitive patterns of words that rhyme or start with the same letter like an alliteration.

When you try to say them in one go or a bit faster, they always seem difficult. We won’t be able to say it clearly without giggling which makes it fun. Many parents use tongue twisters as a way to entertain their children.

But do you know about the benefits of tongue twisters in learning?

What are the benefits of tongue twisters?

  • Tongue twisters help in clarifying the pronunciation of words. Since each and every word needs to be uttered clearly, it needs attention to detail.

  • Tongue twisters also stretch and strengthen the muscles which you use to speak.

  • Tongue Twisters help in concentration and focus. Mostly the words are similar sounding or start with the same syllable. Yet they are different words. So, one needs concentration to focus on each and every word while speaking them.

  • Tongue twisters help to improve speaking ability. Often performers and public speakers use tongue twisters to practice before they go out on stage.

Did you know that every second Sunday in November is celebrated as International Tongue Twisters Day? This time it is on November 13, 2022.

How To Learn Tongue Twisters?

First, here are some tips on using tongue twisters. Start reading the sentence slowly; make sure you pronounce the beginning and end of each word strongly.

Then start saying them faster and faster, but still saying the words as clearly as possible. Try watching yourself in a mirror, too. If you make a mistake, start over.

Did you know that a team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says that 'Pad kid poured curd pulled cod’ is the most difficult tongue twister in the world?

15 amazing tongue twisters that can help learn concentration

1. 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?

2. Betty Botter bought some butter

But she said the butter’s bitter

If I put it in my batter, it will make my batter bitter

But a bit of better butter will make my batter better

So ‘twas better Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter

3. A skunk sat on a stump and thunk the stump stunk but the stump thunk the skunk stunk.

4. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? He would chuck, he would, as much as he could, and chuck as much wood. As a woodchuck would if a woodchuck could chuck wood

5. Loopy lizards lying lazily aloft a little lane of logs.

6. Fresh, fried, fish, fish, fresh, fried, fried, fish, fresh.

7. Whether the weather be fine or whether the weather be no, whether the weather be cold or whether the weather be hot, we’ll weather the weather, whatever the weather, whether we like it or not.

8. Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear. Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair. Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t fuzzy, was he?

9. She sells seashells by the seashore.

10. Susie works in a shoeshine shop. Where she shines she sits, and where she sits she shines.

There are many more, but we have selected a few based on how they can hone attention and concentration skills in kids.

Try them out with your child, and have fun and help them learn as well.

Check this link for some of the toughest tongue twisters ever-

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