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Thursday, August 5, 2010

The longest tongue twister?

Salam,

How many of you have been asked by your English teachers (when you were either in primary or secondary school) to practice your pronunciation by practicing some tongue twisters? sila angkat tgn tapi jgn nampak ketiak dah la. hehe I remember when I was in standard five , the first tongue twister that my English teacher ( can't remember her name, huhu) was:

Sally sells sea shells by the sea shore. But if Sally sells sea shells by the sea shore then where are the sea shells Sally sells?

And there were some other tongue twisters which are famous like:

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?


How much wood could Chuck Woods' woodchuck chuck, if Chuck Woods' woodchuck could and would chuck wood? If Chuck Woods' woodchuck could and would chuck wood, how much wood could and would Chuck Woods' woodchuck chuck? Chuck Woods' woodchuck would chuck, he would, as much as he could, and chuck as much wood as any woodchuck would, if a woodchuck could and would chuck wood.

Do you know that there are about almost 500 English tongue twisters that have been recorded? They came from different places and were created by different writers. While the longest tongue twister is:

There once was a woman
Named Uma Mona Newman
She made many mini-cinnamon M&Ms
One month for the millennium
I heard she made a minimum
Of at least a million of ‘em
And made some of ‘em feminine
She made them with illuminated
Aluminum chrysanthemums

With a minimum of cinnamon
Made by a man from Tiananmen



Uma Mona Newman
made for the millennium
a minimum of a million
feminine cinnamon
aluminum chrysanthemum M&Ms.

She was commonly nominated
For her M&Ms that demonstrated

Abdominally sophisticated
And perfectly administrated
perfection that was indicated
By the times that it was imitated
But not completely duplicated
By the many who insinuated
The complexity was overstated
But finally they were most persuaded
Though to admit it yes they hated

That she had a gift most underrated
Of making the M&Ms they ate
Uma Mona Newman
made for the millennium

a minimum of a million
feminine cinnamon
aluminum chrysanthemum M&Ms.


The BIG QUESTION here, will any tongue twister help you to improve your pronunciation? I reckon, it wouldn't help you much if you don't learn about phonetic and phonemic in English. Plus, even if you ask any native speakers to say any tongue twisters out loud, I bet they also face some difficulties to say them quickly. If it just for fun and as a pronunciation game in class, then I would say it can make the class become livelier.

So, my challenge for you today is ...............you guess what? OF COURSE, I would love you to try the tongue twisters that I've put up here especially the longest tongue twister. GOOD LUCK. ;)

3 comments:

Nadiah Sidek said...

yg nadiah pernah jumpa..peter piper & chuk woods tu. yg tu pun dah cukup buat lidah terbelit :p

SyidaGorjes said...

panjang sgt.tak bole buat.huwaaaaa!

transformed housewife said...

Nadiah: yg Peter piper dan Wood chucks tu mmg popular.

Syida: cuba banyak2 kali. hehehe