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By pete — 2 years ago
15 Tongue Twisters To Help Improve Your Pronunciation
I was doing an episode going through different tongue twisters for the Aussie English Supporter Pack listeners, and I went into depth with that, and they got to hear how I can actually do these, but I thought I would also just go through all of these once for you listeners of the podcast.
So, let’s go.
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Peter Piper picked a peck of picked peppers. How many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?
Can you can a can as a canner can can a can?
Frivolously fanciful Fannie fried fresh fish furiously.
To begin to toboggan first buy a toboggan, but don’t buy too big a toboggan. Too big a toboggan is too big a toboggan to buy to begin to toboggan.
She saw Sharif’s shoes on the sofa. But was she so sure those were Sharif’s shoes she saw?
Give papa a cup of proper coffee in a copper coffee cup.
Black background, brown background.
Seventy-seven benevolent elephants.
The chic Sikh’s sixty-sixth sheep is sick.
A loyal warrior will rarely worry why we rule.
A pessimistic pest exists amidst us.
Drew Dodd’s dad’s dog’s dead.
Which witch switched the Swiss wristwatches?
She sells seashells on the seashore.
Oh! I got that wrong.
She sells seashells BY the seashore.
I can’t believe I actually just got all of those, albeit I didn’t go very quickly, but that was one take, I didn’t get any of those wrong.
I’m so proud after spending the last 20-30 minutes stuffing these up constantly guys.
Anyway, if you want to get a more in depth cover of these different tongue twisters where I go through them slowly and I teach you them as well as give you audio clips of them individually then feel free to sign up for the Aussie English Supporter Pack.
This is the subscription service for Aussie English where by signing up you’re supporting me and allowing me to do more, and you also get access to all of this bonus content for every single episode that comes out on the podcast including premium transcripts that you can download, downloadable MP3s, and all these bonus exercises for listening comprehension, speaking, as well as substitution exercises, and I quite often go over things like phrasal verbs that are tackled in that lesson.
Anyway, today was just about tongue twisters. Estefania in the private Aussie English Virtual Classroom, which you get access to when you sign up to the Aussie English Supporter Pack, asked about tongue twisters, so I thought I would make this for you guys. I think tongue twisters are a really fun way of practicing your pronunciation.
You don’t need to nail these and they’re kind of fun to do together, and even as a native speaker like myself I screw them up.
I spent literally the last half an hour practicing these and recording some episodes, and only finally when I thought, “Okay, I can do these pretty well” did I decide to make this episode for you guys.
But yeah, if you want to work on your pronunciation I really recommend doing these different tongue twisters, practicing them, and work on the ones that are difficult.
You don’t have to do all of them, but work on the ones that include sounds that might be really really difficult for you.
So, I know, like, a lot of people that are from Thailand have difficulty with the “Sh” and “Ch” sounds, and say, from Japan, they have difficulty with the “L” and the “R”, the “L” and “R” sounds.
So, definitely pick those, and when you practice them enough you’ll slowly hear the difference in how to pronounce these things and you’ll get it, you’ll nail it, and you’ll improve your pronunciation when you speak normally.
Anyway, that’s long enough for this little bonus episode for you guys.
I hope you enjoy it.
If you have any of your own tongue twisters that you know of that I didn’t do in this episode let me know in a comment or send me a message on Facebook and maybe I can include them in the future.
Anyway, all the best guys and I’ll chat to you later!
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By pete — 3 years ago
I’ve started putting together short videos where I interview native speakers of Aussie English. Each video will be a response from multiple people to the same question. It’ll be a good chance to practice your listening and reading comprehension with audio and subtitles at the same time. The episode will also be uploaded to the podcast on iTunes.
Today’s question is “What is the real Australia?”
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