Tongue Twister


Based on Oxford dictionary tongue twister is a word or phrase that is difficult to say, Tongue twister help you to improve your fluency in English, many tongue twisters consist of similar sounding words or phrases with different meanings. It is also can improve your vocabulary.


The History of a Tongue Twister      

Some of tongue twister is taken from real story, for example :

The tongue twister “she sells seashells by the seashore” was inspired by a woman named Mary Anning, who spent her time for collecting seashells from many beach to sell to tourists. Her father was the one who taught her how to know seashells and fossils when she was child, and then she digging into the cliffs, searching for the seaside treasures. In 1811, her brother found a skull in a seaside cliff, and ran to tell her. She is interested, so Marry Anning dug until she uncovered the skeleton of an animal that already become fossil, and at first she believe that it is a giant crocodile. And then this “crocodile” known as the water species of dinosaur, Ichthyosaurus. Proud of her revolutionary discovery, Mary went on to hunt for more fossils, and then she discovered skeletons of a Plesiosaurus, a water species of dinosaur with a long neck; Pterodactyl, a famous flying dinosaur later classified as Pterosaurs; and a Squaloraja, a prehistoric fish. Today, modern scientists reward Mary Anning as the founder of Modern Paleontology.

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers” also had a real-world origin. There was a real person whom Peter Piper was based on: a French pirate and horticulturalist named Pierre Poivre. Pierre would steal from spice stores to grow in his own garden, and make the spices more available and cheap for public. In those times, the cooking spices were known as “peppers”, and the spice trade companies would keep supply low and order high by purposely rubbing lime on the seeds in order to increase the prices. This process was known as “pickling”. He also arranged for the smuggling of such spices as well, and he also responsible for the introduction of Clove and Nutmug in his own spice company and gardens.


Example of Tongue Twister

Well buddy, these are some examples of tongue twister that i ever learn :

She sells seashells on the seashore. The meaning is “dia akan menjual kulit kerang laut di tepi pantai”,From this tongue twister we learn how to differenciate between s and sh.

What about this one : Peter piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. The meaning is “ Peter Piper mengawetkan setakaran acar paprika “, The pi sound requires that you press your lips together. And then release them with a puff of air. Did you know that the pi sound in English has no sound? Only air ph.

Marry married a mad man in the mall on Monday morning. The meaning is “ Marry menikahi seorang lelaki gila di mall pada senin pagi”, This is the first Tongue Twister that i ever learn.

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood. The meaning is “ berapa banyak kayu yang akan marmut afrika buang jika marmut afrika bisa membuang kayu”, The would sound in English is a difficult sound for many English learners to make. You can’t make the sound if you don’t round your lips in the right way.

Try this one: fuzzy wuzzy was a bear fuzzy wuzzy had no hair. The meaning is “Fuzzy wuzzy adalah wuzzy Fuzzy beruang yang tidak punya rambut”, Can you say that? The zzz sound can also be difficult for learners of English.

The big black bug bit the big black bear but the big black bear bit the big black bug back. The meaning is “kumbang hitam besar menggigit beruang hitam besar tapi beruang hitam besar menggigit kumbang hitam besar kembali”.

Ok buddy, those are some tongue twisters that i ever learn, twist your tongue and improve your English, thank you..

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