Tongue-Twisting Tools for Building Enunciation Skills

Finding it difficult at first to prepare yourself for your next Speech and Drama course, fear not….read further!

Here are some tongue-twisters we have concocted you can try to help warm-up before any Speech and Drama session.

Part of every theatre class and rehearsal should include warm-ups.

Ms. Emilia Kingsley, Head of Music

The importance of warming-up

Most teachers do both physical and vocal warmups—and no vocal warm-up is complete without reciting a few enunciation exercises. With that in mind, you will find these 36 fundamentally fun tongue twisters to be a great resource. Each one provides an “elocution work out.” Take a few for a test drive. Say each line three or four times. But remember, do not worry about speed. Focus on speaking clearly, even if you must over-enunciate at first.

A – Around the rugged rocks the ragged rascal ran.

B – Big black bug bit a big black bear and the big black bear bled black blood.

C – Can I cook a proper cup of coffee in a copper coffee pot?

D – Don’t doubt the doorbell, but differ with the doorknob.

E – Eight gray geese in a green field grazing.

F – Fine white vinegar with veal.

The free thugs set three thugs free.

G – Grab the groundhog from the glazed grass.

Grey geese in a green field grazing.

H – High roller, low roller, lower roller.

How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?

I – Inexplicably mimicking him hiccupping.

I wish to wash my Irish wristwatch

J – Jingle jungle jangle joker.

K – Knit kilts for nasty cold nights.

L – Little lucky luke likes lakes, lucky little luke likes licking lakes

M – Monkeys make monopoly monotonous.

N – The Next nest will not necessarily be next to nothing.

O – Octopi occupy a porcupine’s mind.

Only royal oily royal oil boils

P – Peter Prangle, the prickly pear picker, picked three perfectly prickly pears.

A proper copper coffee pot.

Q – Queen Catherine wakes the cat, and the cat quietly cries.

R – Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers!

Roberta ran rings around the Roman ruins.

S – Some shun sunshine. Do you shun sunshine?

Six stick shifts stuck shut.

T – Three thick thistle sticks.

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

U – Unique New York, Unique New York, Unique New York.

V – Venti, Grande, Tall – Very Grand Words for Large, Medium, Small.

W – Will’s wetsuit is round and wet and rough and wide and ready to go on a watery ride.

Wayne went to Wales to watch walruses.

X – Xylophones exist or so existentialists insist.

Y – Yoda met a Yeti on the Plains of Serengeti.

Z – Zoologists illogically love to read astrology.


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