ESL Tongue Twisters

6 Feb, 2018

ESL Tongue Twisters

ESL Tongue Twisters is a fun game for young learners, teen and even adults to practice pronunciation or just to warm up at the beginning of class.

This activity is suitable for all levels but take care to choose tongue twisters that are suitable for your class.

  1. Write a tongue twister on the board.
  2. Get students to say the tongue twister slowly first and then slowly increase the speed.
  3. See who can say it as fastest or as fast as the teacher! You will find a list below of tongue twisters and these are also available in a printable version.
  4. Enjoy and have fun!
Some ESL Tongue Twisters include: 
  • She sells seashells by the sea shore.
  • How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood.
  • Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers.
  • How much ground would a groundhog grind if a groundhog could grind ground.
  • A big black bug bit a big black bear.
  • 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,
  • How many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick.
  • Red leather, yellow leather, red leather, yellow leather.
  • Silly Sally swiftly shooed seven silly sheep.  The seven silly sheep Silly Sally shooed  Shilly-shallied south.  These sheep shouldn’t sleep in a shack;  Sheep should sleep in a shed.
  • 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.
  • Two tiny timid toads trying to trot to Tarrytown.
  • Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear. Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair. Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t fuzzy, was he?
  • I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit, and on the slitted sheet I sit.
  • Three thin thinkers thinking thick thoughtful thoughts.
  • I thought, I thought of thinking of thanking you.
  • If a dog chews shoes, whose shoes does he choose?
  • Nine nimble noblemen nibbling nuts.


David has been teaching ESL for a number of years across Asia and Europe. He currently lives and works in Seville, Spain where he has been teaching for the past three years. He is currently studying an MA in Digital Technologies, Communication and Education in TESOL.

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