Tongue twisters from A to Z as training for voice, articulation and concentration

Tongue twisters from A to Z as training for voice, articulation and concentration

Can you can a can as a canner can can a can?
Tongue twisters

Tongue twisters for your pronunciation

 

I scream, you scream, we all scream for icecream! And tongue breakers are used to train dedicated speakers. Through regular training with tongue twisters you will increase your attention, concentration and memory, as well as your own pronunciation.

 

Tongue twisters

 

When you write copy you have the right to copyright the copy you write. Tongue twisters are word sequences whose correct pronunciation is difficult and challenging even for native speakers. They are usually a series of similar words that differ in syllables and are designed to make it difficult for the speaker to pronounce them correctly.

This is done by combining syllables that are seldom pronounced one after the other, making them unfamiliar to the speaker. The words often end in a vowel or a diphthong, whereupon the next word also begins with a vowel or a diphthong, which causes difficulties in pronunciation. Tongue twisters are also often alliterations and rhymes of shaking. Speaking the tongue breaker is often difficult just because of the repetition.

Three thick dragons serve three thin ladies. And tongue twisters serve to train dedicated speakers. This trains speaking ability, articulation and concentration.

 

Examples of tongue twisters

 

Tongue twisters starting with A

 

A big black bug bit a big black dog on his big black nose!

A black bloke’s back brake-block broke.

A fly and flea flew into a flue,
said the fly to the flea ‘what shall we do?’
‘let us fly’ said the flea
said the fly ‘shall we flee’
so they flew through a flaw in the flue.

A gazillion gigantic grapes gushed
gradually giving gophers gooey guts.

A lump of red leather, a red leather lump

A pessimistic pest exists amidst us.

A slimey snake slithered down the sandy Sahara.

An agile, angry ape addled up the avenue.

Ann and Andy’s anniversary is in April.

As one black bug, bled blue, black blood. The other black bug bled blue.

 

 

Tongue twisters starting with B

 

Bake big batches of bitter brown bread.

Big black bugs bleed blue black blood but baby black bugs bleed blue blood.

Black background, brown background, black background, brown background, black background, brown background.

Birdie birdie in the sky laid a turdie in my eye.
If cows could fly I’d have a cow pie in my eye.

Buckets of bug blood, buckets of bug blood, buckets of bug blood.

Busy buzzing bumble bees.

 

 

Tongue twisters with C

 

Can you can a can as a canner can can a can?

Chester Cheetah chews a chunk of cheep cheddar cheese.

Clean clams crammed in clean cans.

Crush grapes, grapes crush, crush grapes.

Crying came the crone creeping from the cold cafe.

 

 

Tongue twisters starting with D

 

Denise sees the fleece,
Denise sees the fleas.
At least Denise could sneeze
and feed and freeze the fleas.

Dimensional analysis

Double bubble gum, bubbles double.

Dust is a disk’s worst enemy.

 

 

Tongue twisters starting with E

 

Earnest Edgar eyed everything everywhere.

Eddie edited it.

Elizabeth has eleven elves in her elm tree.

Excited executioner exercising his excising powers excessively.

 

 

Tongue twisters starting with F

 

Four furious friends fought for the phone.

Five frantic frogs fled from fifty fierce fishes.

Fresh French fried fly fritters.

Fresh fried fish,
Fish fresh fried,
Fried fish fresh,
Fish fried fresh.

 

 

Tongue twisters starting with G

 

Gilbert grabbed a golden globe, giving it to Gilda.

Gobbling gargoyles gobbled gobbling goblins.

Good blood, bad blood.

Gig whip, gig whip, gig whip.

Green glass globes glow greenly.

 

 

Tongue twisters starting with H

 

He threw three balls.

He threw three free throws.

How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?

How many cans can a cannibal nibble
if a cannibal can nibble cans?
As many cans as a cannibal can nibble
if a cannibal can nibble cans.

How many cookies could a good cook cook If a good cook could cook cookies? A good cook could cook as many cookies as a good cook who could cook cookies.

How much caramel can a canny cannonball cram in a camel if a canny cannonball can cram caramel in a camel?

How many snacks could a snack stacker stack, if a snack stacker snacked stacked snacks?

How much dew does a dewdrop drop
If dewdrops do drop dew?
They do drop, they do
As do dewdrops drop
If dewdrops do drop dew.

How much ground would a groundhog hog, if a groundhog could hog ground? A groundhog would hog all the ground he could hog, if a groundhog could hog ground.

How much pot, could a pot roast roast, if a pot roast could roast pot.

 

 

Tongue twisters starting with I

 

I’m a sock cutter and I cut socks.
I’m a sock cutter and I cut socks.
I’m a sock cutter and I cut socks.

I eat eel while you peel eel.

I saw a kitten eating chicken in the kitchen.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for icecream!

I shot three shy thrushes.

I shot the city sheriff.
I shot the city sheriff.
I shot the city sheriff.

I thought, I thought of thinking of thanking you.

I’m not the fig plucker,
nor the fig plucker’s son,
but I’ll pluck figs
till the fig plucker comes.

I see a sea down by the seashore.
But which sea do you see down by the seashore?

If two witches watched two watches, which witch would watch which watch?

I wish to wish the wish you wish to wish, but if you wish the wish the witch wishes, I won’t wish the wish you wish to wish.

I wish you were a fish in my dish.

If practice makes perfect and perfect needs practice, I’m perfectly practiced and practically perfect.

If colored caterpillars could change their colors constantly could they keep their colored coat colored properly?

If you notice this notice,
you will notice that this notice is not worth noticing.

If you understand, say “understand”.
If you don’t understand, say “don’t understand”.
But if you understand and say “don’t understand”.
how do I understand that you understand. Understand!?

If you’re keen on stunning kites and cunning stunts,
buy a cunning stunning stunt kite.

I saw Susie sitting in a shoeshine shop.

I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit, and on the slitted sheet I sit

I slit a sheet, a sheet I slit, upon a slitted sheet I sit.

It’s a nice night for a white rice fight.

It’s not the cough that carries you off,
it’s the coffin they carry you off in!

 

 

Tongue twisters starting with J

 

Justin jumping joyous joined in Johnna’s jubilee.

 

 

Tongue twisters starting with K

 

Knife and a fork bottle and a cork
that is the way you spell New York.
Chicken in the car and the car can go,
that is the way you spell Chicago.

 

 

 

Tongue twisters starting with L

 

Lesser leather never weathered wetter weather better.

Local yokel jokes.

Lou Lou licked on lollipops while Larry lit a light.

Luke Luck likes lakes.
Luke’s duck likes lakes.
Luke Luck licks lakes.
Luck’s duck licks lakes.
Duck takes licks in lakes Luke Luck likes.
Luke Luck takes licks in lakes duck likes.

Love’s a feeling you feel when you feel
you’re going to feel the feeling you’ve never felt before.

 

 

Tongue twisters starting with M

 

Myrtle made moist, Mango muffins mostly meant for Mina.

 

 

Tongue twisters starting with N

 

Naughty nighthawks noisily, narrowly neared Nina.

Nine nice night nurses nursing nicely.

No need to light a night-light on a light night like tonight.

 

 

 

Tongue twisters starting with O

 

Octopus ocular optics.

One smart fellow, he felt smart.
Two smart fellows, they felt smart.
Three smart fellows, they felt smart.
Four smart fellows, they felt smart.
Five smart fellows, they felt smart.
Six smart fellows, they felt smart.

 

 

Tongue twisters starting with P

 

Peter poorly penniless prepares a peekish pout.

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. How many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?

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?

Picky people pick Peter Pan Peanut-Butter, ’tis the peanut-butter picky people pick.

Pirates Private Property

Purple paper people, purple paper people, purple paper people.

 

 

Tongue twisters starting with Q

 

Quails quoted a quandry quickly quarrel qualities.

 

 

Tongue twisters starting with R

 

Real weird rear wheels, real weird rear wheels, real weird rear wheels.

Red blood, green blood, red blood, green blood, red blood, green blood.

Roberta ran rings around the Roman ruins.

Roofs of mushrooms rarely mush too much.

Rory the warrior and Roger the worrier were reared wrongly in a rural brewery.

Round and round the rugged rock the ragged rascal ran.

Rudder valve reversals

 

 

Tongue twisters starting with S

 

Scissors sizzle, thistles sizzle.

Seven slick slimey snakes slowly sliding southward.

She saw Sherif’s shoes on the sofa. But was she so sure she saw Sherif’s shoes on the sofa?

She stood on the balcony, inexplicably mimicking him hiccuping, and amicably welcoming him in.

Shut up the shutters and sit in the shop.

Seven sleazy shysters in sharkskin suits sold sheared sealskins to seasick sailors.

She sees cheese.

Sheena leads, Sheila needs.

Shut up the shutters and sit in the shop.

Silly sheep weep and sleep.

Singing Sammy sung songs on sinking sand.

Six sick hicks nick six slick bricks with picks and sticks.

Six sleek swans swam swiftly southwards.

Six slimy snails sailed silently.

She stood on the balcony, inexplicably mimicking him hiccuping, and amicably welcoming him in.

Stupid superstition!

Suzie Seaword’s fish-sauce shop sells unsifted thistles for thistle-sifters to sift.

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

 

 

Tongue twisters starting with T

 

The big black bug bit the big black bear,
but the big black bear bit the big black bug back!

The great Greek grape growers grow great Greek grapes.

The owner of the inside inn was inside his inside inn with his inside outside his inside inn.

The queen in green screamed.

The ruddy widow really wants ripe watermelon and red roses when winter arrives.

The thirty-three thieves thought that they thrilled the throne throughout Thursday.

Thrash the thickset thug!

There those thousand thinkers were thinking how did the other three thieves go through.

There was a fisherman named Fisher
who fished for some fish in a fissure.
Till a fish with a grin,
pulled the fisherman in.
Now they’re fishing the fissure for Fisher.

There was a minimum of cinnamon in the aluminum pan.

Thin grippy thick slippery.

Thirty-three thirsty, thundering thoroughbreds thumped Mr. Thurber on Thursday.

Thirty-three sly shy thrushes.

Three short sword sheaths.

Three thick things.

Tie a knot, tie a knot.
Tie a tight, tight knot.
Tie a knot in the shape of a nought.

Tie twine to three tree twigs.

Tom threw Tim three thumbtacks.

 

 

Tongue twisters starting with U

 

Uma utters undiscovered, “Uphold unity.”

 

 

Tongue twisters starting with V

 

Valuable valley villas.

Vera vocalizes, venting, verbal vanity.

 

 

Tongue twisters starting with W

 

Wayne went to Wales to watch walruses.

What veteran ventriloquist whistles?

When you write copy you have the right to copyright the copy you write.

Whoever slit the sheets is a good sheet slitter.

Which rich wicked witch wished the wicked wish?

Which wristwatch is a Swiss wristwatch?

Which witch is which?

Why do you cry, Willy?
Why do you cry?
Why, Willy?
Why, Willy?
Why, Willy? Why?

Will you, William? Will you, William? Will you, William?
Can’t you, don’t you, won’t you, William?

Willie’s really weary.

Wow, race winners really want red wine right away!

 

 

Tongue twisters starting with X

 

Xander examines xylophones while xeroxing x-rays.

X-ray checks clear chests.

 

 

Tongue twisters starting with Y

 

Yellow leather, yellow feather.

Yolanda’s yellow yogurt yields a yummy yearning yen.

 

 

Tongue twisters starting with Z

 

Zachary’s zenith zones on the zodiac and zen.

This is a zither. Is this a zither?

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

 

A good start: Professional feedback with recommendations for improvements

 

How convincing are you and your messages in speeches and presentations? How good are you in the 111+ most important presentation skills? I have been analyzing speeches since 1998. After evaluating 14,375 speeches and presentations, I can tell you very precisely what has which effect on which audience. Let me give you the feedback that will help you get ahead. You will receive essential feedback and recommendations, as well as the impulses you need to convince your audience in concrete situations.

Are you interested? Then you will find here the information on feedback with recommendations for improvements of speeches and presentations.

P.S.

 

Do you know of any other tongue twisters?

He threw three free throws.

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Public speaking: 14 tips for a healthy voice and a sonorous performance

Tips for a healthy voice and a sonorous performance

Public Speaking: Be careful with your voice and don't whisper
Be Careful With Your Voice

Protect your voice as a public speaker

 

Professional speakers must be particularly careful as their voices are their prerequisites for their tasks. That’s why you’ll find tips on how to protect your voice on these pages.

Overview

Be careful with your voice

 

As a coach and speaker, I know how important a healthy voice is for some of us. Professional speakers need to be particularly careful because their voices are essential to their activities. Some people use their voices more often and under conditions that can cause additional stress. Uncontrolled screaming, shouting and singing damage the voice, just like speaking for long periods in cold or noisy surroundings and during physical exertion.

That’s good to know: The voice can also be nurtured. There are many tips for public speakers.

 

 

Here are 14 tips for protecting your voice

 

 

1. Warm-up

 

Always warm up yourself and your voice before a speech. A cold start doesn’t do the voice any good. This can include relaxation techniques and gentle exercise. Your voice coach will show you suitable techniques specifically for activating your voice.

 

 

 

2. Use your natural voice

 

Avoid forcing your voice to a lower or unnatural pitch.

 

 

 

3. Regenerate yourself and your voice

 

Permanent speech strains the vocal cords. This often happens unnoticed in the beginning, but at some point, the body defends itself with hoarseness.

Rest your voice as much as possible between performances and avoid tension and stress. If the voice is attacked due to an infection, it is advisable to rest your voice temporarily and drink a lot of fluids, for example, ginger tea. So the best strategy to get back to your voice quickly is still to just “shut up”.

 

 

 

4. Train your voice

 

Participate in voice training and learn voice techniques that can protect and improve your voice.

 

 

 

5. Coughing instead of clearing your throat

 

If you have a hoarse voice, you usually clear your throat. In this way, our voice becomes clear again, but we strain the sensitive mucous membranes of the vocal folds. It is better and just as effective to cough briefly.

 

 

 

6. Don’t smoke

 

Smoking is taboo for good vocal hygiene.

 

 

 

7. Avoid unhealthy environment

 

Avoid unhealthy, smoky rooms, bars and places where the environment can adversely affect speech quality.

 

 

 

8. Beware of alcohol

 

Drink alcohol moderately, if at all.

 

 

 

9. Be careful with coffee

 

Coffee, black and green tea should only be consumed in moderation, as these drinks dry out the mucous membranes.

 

 

 

10. Drink water

 

Keep yourself and your voice moist by drinking plenty of non-carbonated water.

 

 

 

 

11. Healthy lifestyle

 

Practice a healthy lifestyle that includes cardio training and good nutrition.

 

 

 

12. Whispering can be hazardous to your voice

 

The fastest way to lose our voice is to scream or shout. But there are also many less obvious ways to burden your voice, and public speakers need to know them. One example is whispering. To protect your voice, you may think that whispering is softer, gentler and less stressful for your vocal cords. But the truth is that whispering can be dangerous for your voice.

Whispering really does affect your voice more than normal speech. When you whisper, you send an enormous amount of extra air to the vocal cords, making them dry and irritated. This is even worse than screaming and shouting. When whispering, the vocal folds are tightened so that they are closed at the front and open at the back. This is an unnatural way of using the voice. When you do this for a long time, you will find it difficult to speak normally again afterward, because it impedes the vocal cords in their function.

If you need to speak, don’t whisper. People who care about their voices should avoid whispering and just talk quietly.

 

 

 

13. Trust is good, control is better

 

In case of doubt, you would rather go to a medical specialist, such as a medical doctor who knows what to do.

 

 

 

14. Many more tips

 

And there are many more ways in which to protect your voice.

Preparation of important speeches and presentations

 

Those who do not speak are not heard and even those who speak up are not always successful. There are a few more steps that need to be mastered. 

You want to convince with your message and also as a personality? Then I will help you to prepare your speeches and presentations. You determine the scope. At least I recommend a test run with professional feedback for you and your message. Then you will know how you and your content are perceived, what you should do and what you should leave out, where there is potential. Why do you want to get such helpful feedback so late after your real performance? Then it is too late for adjustments. Benefit from the advantage. My definition of luck: Preparation meets opportunity.

You can best estimate for yourself where the effort is worthwhile concerning the expected benefit. Here you will find the fees for my support (communication, psychology, language, structure, voice, body language, storytelling, rhetorical means, media such as PowerPoint and Co., etc.)

You are not in Berlin right now? Then choose meetings with me via telephone or video support. Whereby there are quite good reasons for a trip to Berlin.

By the way, many people suffer from such intense stage fright in front of an audience and therefore their performance lags behind their possibilities. Too bad, because with my help a performance in a good condition is possible. Just in case...

A good start: Professional feedback with recommendations for improvements

 

How convincing are you and your messages in speeches and presentations? How good are you in the 111+ most important presentation skills? I have been analyzing speeches since 1998. After evaluating 14,375 speeches and presentations, I can tell you very precisely what has which effect on which audience. Let me give you the feedback that will help you get ahead. You will receive essential feedback and recommendations, as well as the impulses you need to convince your audience in concrete situations.

Are you interested? Then you will find here the information on feedback with recommendations for improvements of speeches and presentations.

Just ask me personally

 

Let's get into a conversation. Please post any questions that may be interesting for other readers in the comments. If you are interested in coaching or training, for personal questions about that and appointments you can reach me best by e-mail (mail@karstennoack.com), phone +49(0)30 864 213 68, and mobile phone +49(0)1577 704 53 56.

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What do you think about these tips for a healthy voice and a sonorous performance? How do you protect your voice?

We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the tone of voice in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us. Friedrich Nietzsche

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Professional impact analysis: How are you perceived by other people?

Professional impact analysis: How are you perceived by other people?

How do you and your messages affect the audience?
17 hints that someone is a manipulator

Self-perception and impact analysis

 

How do you affect people in conversations, speeches, and presentations, in interviews? We all have our blind spots. It has a good reason, because for experts, company representatives and politicians, the impact analysis is part of the preparation of a speech, presentation, statement, interview or discussion. To explore the effect before the real event has a lot of advantages. How do you and your message affect your audience? 

Do you know how you affect other people? 

 

How do you interact with other people when you meet them? For example, how do you communicate in meetings and presentations? We communicate constantly. Yes, you too! And even if you do not intend to. Whether we want it or not; much of what we do or do not do is perceived and interpreted by others. Your messages are not always understood as you want it to be.

 

 

 

Professional impact analysis

 

For experts, many professional company spokespersons, company representatives, and politicians, the impact analysis is part of the preparation of a performance, such as speeches, presentations, statements, interviews, discussions. So you can explore the effect even before the performance in front of an audience. This will tell you in advance how you and your message will be perceived.

 

 

 

Honest and constructive feedback

 

The more influential your position in a company is, the more you are under observation. Then every moment becomes an appearance in front of an audience. Every detail gets meaning. Whether in the media, at events and even in seemingly private situations; every word that is said and omitted can be interpreted. Every detail shapes the image that the public has in mind about you and your message.

  • How do you affect others?
  • How are you understood?
  • Which image do you convey?
  • In which aspects can you improve?

 

I will give you a useful picture of how you are perceived in public. This is particularly beneficial for executives and representatives of companies, associations, and political parties.

 

 

 

Impact analysis

 

Just a few thoughtless words in front of the audience, microphone and camera can have consequences. For this reason, it is worthwhile to prepare carefully for important situations. For many professional company spokespersons, company representatives and politicians, the impact analysis is part of the preparation.

Even many experienced speakers are not so experienced when it comes to media appearances. It does not belong to everyday life for everyone. To master such situations you need to be sovereign in front of the camera and studio situations, provocative journalist questions and vehement attacks of an opponent in a debate or podium discussion.

Better safe than sorry. Afterward, we are often smarter, but then it is a bit too late. Better: An impact analysis provides a speaker with professional feedback before the actual event. Get feedback before the critics get their turn. Why should you take unnecessary risks? Why should you give up a successful performance? Prepare for crucial situations. Rehearse. Get feedback for it. This allows you to experience the impact beforehand and to optimize it if necessary.

 

 

 

Elements of impact analysis

 

  • Voice
  • Body language
  • Stage presence, enthusiasm, and credibility
  • Choice of words and style
  • Emotional response
  • Arguments and strategy
  • Red thread and structure
  • Key messages
  • Professional repartee
  • Risk analysis
  • Foreseeable effects
  • Act in front of a microphone and camera
  • Dealing with provocative questions and attacks

 

 

 

Your impact analysis

 

How are you perceived and what can you improve to convincingly present yourself and your message?

Based on your impact analysis, you receive recommendations that help you to optimize your appearance. If you wish, you will receive targeted support for your sovereignty, charisma, and self-marketing for speeches and media appearances. I support you from the impact analysis, optimization up to the dress rehearsal or even the accompaniment to the performance. You decide!

The impact analysis can be booked individually from a duration of 60 minutes or is the beginning of more comprehensive support for the preparation of an event. This is also possible with sessions via telephone or with video support.

You decide how extensive the analysis is. Many factors affect how you are perceived. Here are examples:

 

 

 

1. Direct analysis

 

A brief meeting is enough to get your first feedback on how you affect other people. You will learn from me immediately a lot about your verbal and body language effect, as well as ways to improve.

 

 

 

2. Evaluation of events

 

In addition to the direct analysis, various sources can be consulted; Recordings of interviews, TV appearances, speeches, social media, etc.

 

 

 

3. Qualitative interviews

 

Qualitative interviews with relevant target groups are used to analyze interesting aspects.

Then you will receive your personal and honest impact analysis. The whole truth or perception of your person!

 

 

 

4. Feedback

 

With this feedback and recommendations, you’ll have what you need to know when you choose to balance expectations with you and your demeanor to reach and convince your audience.

Just ask me personally

 

Let's get into a conversation. Please post any questions that may be interesting for other readers in the comments. If you are interested in coaching or training, for personal questions about that and appointments you can reach me best by e-mail (mail@karstennoack.com), phone +49(0)30 864 213 68, and mobile phone +49(0)1577 704 53 56.

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How well do you actually know yourself? What would you like to know about yourself and how you are perceived by other people?

To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.

 Socrates

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