Have confidence in your speaking with tongue twisters.Clear speech, proper pronunciation and strong communication skills have always been highly important in the academic, professional and personal worlds. This fact has never been more true now in this modern age, where it’s not only a useful skill, it’s a requirement to survive and thrive.

Clear speech is especially important in occupations in the public eye, such as vocal artists, motivational and public speakers, singers, lawyers, doctors and other occupations. Even individuals such as professors, students, hobbyists and everyone can benefit from good verbal communication skills, especially with the rise of technical and creative fields such as game development, the film and music industry and freelance occupations. Any occupation with a strong emphasis on teamwork and cooperation has the ability to communicate clearly and effectively as a job requirement.

Improve Communications Skills with Tongue Twisters

Clear speech skills are essential to survive and thrive. Proper pronunciation of words and syllables, strong tone and having a firm, clean message can mean the difference between strong communication skills and success, and poor skills and sub par results. Without a clear communication, there can be confusion to the message and the meaning of it. If an individual cannot communicate effectively, then they can pave a road to success and understanding. Fortunately, there are many ways to practice with the use of various exercises in speech therapy designed to hone these skills in verbal communication. One of these drills, of course, is the use of tongue twisters.

Tongue twister not only add the challenge of proper pronunciation of difficult words and syllables, but also have been shown to effectively help rhythm and tone, as well as adding fun, interest and humor to an otherwise dull set of drills. They boost confidence and aid with the development of a since of humor in children, and can make sometimes stressful speech therapy more light-hearted and easier on the individual. Because of their very nature, tongue twisters are fun for not only individuals, but also the whole family, and can easily become a game for parents and children, or even a professional practicing their skill.

23 Terrifically Tough and Terribly Trying Tongue Twisters houses a collection of such tongue twisters, designed to help foster in clearer speech and aid in the development of strong verbal communication skills for both kids, parents, students and professionals of all walks of life.

Tongue twisters exist in many languages.The English language is not the only one with tongue twisters. While many famous tongue twisters are indeed in English, there are many in other languages as well, unique to their culture with their own amusing meanings. With just a little bit of searching, any family can explore a wide variety of different tongue twisters, even in different languages. Not only is it a marvelous chance for more fun, but also a wonderful opportunity for adding some multi-culturism into your everyday life.

Tongue Twisters for French, Hungarian, Japanese and Spanish!

There are many, many examples of tongue twisters in different languages, such as Chinese, Arabic, Hindu, Swahili and more. Here are just a few examples: an example of a French tongue twister is Le ver vert va vers le verre vert. When translated into English, it reads: “The green grub goes to the green grass.” Another tongue twister, this time in Hungarian, is Mit sütsz kis szücs, sós húst? Sütsz kis szücs? This reads as “What are you roasting, little hunter? Are you roasting salt meat?” in English. Nama-mugi, nama-gome, nama-tamago is a Japanese tongue twister that reads “raw wheat, raw rice, raw eggs”, and Yo no compro coco. Porque como poco coco, poco coco compro is a Spanish tongue twister, reading “I do not buy coconut. Since I eat little coconut, I buy little coconut.”

Even sign language has its own version of tongue twisters called finger fumblers. Finger fumblers are sentences that are difficult to sign and say, and are just as amusing and fun. Good blood, bad blood is an example of one such finger fumbler. While simple enough on the surface, it is quite a challenge for anyone who is deaf and uses sign language. Parents and family of a deaf child can easily use these finger fumblers to help practice their signs, and make a game of it, just like a normal tongue twister. Foreign language tongue twisters are fun and entertaining way to learn new languages, new cultures from around the world, and practice their skill in the form of a game or challenge.

Foreign language tongue twisters are fun and entertaining way to learn new languages and practice their skill in the form of a game or challenge.

23 Terrific and Terribly Trying Tongue Twisters comes not from the furthest corners of the earth, or from any other culture, but rather is home-grown, with 23 originally written tongue twisters. Each is specially designed for fun, games and familial bonding.

Clear, precise enunciation helps students achieve.Proper Enunciation is a key factor in developing proper communication skills, as it lends itself to others being able to clearly understand the speaker and their message. This is doubly important for any individual in the public eye, or even in personal and professional life. Clear enunciation is important for clear speech, of which is doubly important for success. Having clear speech skills will aid in job interviews, academics, verbal and even written communication, as well as presentations and in hobbies and personal life. Regular practice with tongue twisters can help.

Enunciation Helps Improve Speech

Proper enunciation means to have clear, open speech patterns, such as properly announcing words and syllables, opening one’s mouth when speaking (therefore not mumbling) and monitoring the speed of speaking. Another factor of enunciation is tone. A strong, confident, natural tone can help boost articulation. All of this is related to clear speech. Other factors include making eye contact, and having an audible, reasonable volume of the voice. Each of these factors play into strong enunciation, which in turn aids clear speech.

Proper enunciation and the skills related to proper speech, however, is related to practice, not natural ability. Standing in front of mirrors practicing a variety of drills and exercises is one method of increasing enunciation. Reading aloud books, poems and rhymes also help. One can tell when they are enunciating better is when they generate more spit flying out of the mouth, even though it is unseemly at first. With enough practice, the amount of spittle can be reduced or eliminated. While the use of these drills maybe awkward and frustrating at first, their long-term results are well worth the effort.

Tongue twisters are another proven method to aid the development and practice of better enunciation. Not only are they challenging to say, but also fun and silly. They add humor to otherwise dull and routine drills, and can add interest in not only completing the drills, but also looking forward to them. Because of their design, they exercise the use of difficult words, syllables, and sounds. Tongue twisters add challenge and variety, and there is a huge range of different tongue twisters that can correct problem areas of speech.

23 Terrifically tough and Tremendously Trying Tongue Twisters are a collection of such tongue twisters. Not only do they add to the drills required for proper enunciation, but also fun and humor for not only any one person, but also the whole family.

Make up a fun family activity with tongue twisters.A great family activity can be Tongue twisters, which can be fun, silly and challenging. This fact alone makes them ripe material to create games for the whole family to enjoy. There are a variety of easy ways to turn tongue twisters into a game for children and adults.

Create a Fun Family Activity with Tongue Twisters

One of the possible games is making the tongue twisters into a timed race. Get a stop watch and a score sheet. Challenge each player to say the tongue twister as fast as they possibly can. The winner is the player who has the best and shortest times for each tongue twister used in the game. Alternatively, the times can be added up into a final score. The player with either the lowest or highest score, depending on the recorded times or number of correct attempts on a tongue twister is the winner.

Another game to play is to have a collection of tongue twisters, and award points to players. Award extra points for the correct pronunciation of difficult sounds and words, or the speed of the phrase, or even the number of times a twister is repeated, or how many twisters are properly mastered. Make it so that players can lose points if they trip themselves up on a tongue twister. Also take away points from players whenever a word, difficult sound or syllable is incorrectly pronounced. Introduce “levels” of increasingly difficult tongue twisters, and award points accordingly. Come up with challenges based on speed, correct pronunciation, and number of mistakes or repetitions.

Include the whole family in these family activities, and pick tongue twisters that not only everyone is bad at, but also twisters that everyone is good at, as to bolster confidence and encourage the other players. Challenge each other to master the tongue twisters as quickly as they can. Also try turning tongue twisters into a song or a story that parents and children can both enjoy. Encourage children in using tongue twisters as part of their own stories or poems, and then read them all aloud. Make these stories and poems as silly as possible for more fun.

23 Terrifically Tough and Tremendously Trying Tongue Twisters is a great collection to start your new family game nights, with the bonus of entertaining trivia facts and loads of wonderfully and challenging words to trip tongues up. Let it be your family’s new guide to hours of game play and fun.

A good tongue twister helps with exercise muscles used in talking

Tongue twisters help make speech therapy fun.

By their very nature, tongue twisters are challenging to say. With their repetitive use of similar sounding sounds, words and syllables, they can trip up the tongues of even the most articulate individuals. However, as fun as they are, tongue twisters have a very practical application. As such, tongue twisters can be used to treat speech problems in speech therapy, and help reduce the prominence of a foreign accent. This use of tongue twisters in speech therapy is universal for all ages and users.

Speech Therapy Exercises Incorporate Tongue Twisters

There many uses and drills for speech therapy, which include more traditional uses such as treating stutters, lisps or reducing the presence of a foreign accent, to even treating and recovering the use of verbal speech in individuals who have suffered strokes, cerebral palsy and traumatic brain injuries. People who use tongue twisters in speech therapy exercise the muscles in their mouth, enabling clearer pronunciation, overall clearer speech patterns, and an easier time pronouncing previously difficult syllables. The use of tongue twisters can also make speech therapy drills more of an enjoyable game, particularly for children. Even individuals who have long surpassed their difficulties in speech continue to use tongue twisters as a warm-up exercise, especially individuals in the public realm such as actors, politicians, motivational speakers and other professions such as priests, teachers, scientists, and college students.

Often times when used as an exercise, the tongue twister is spoken slowly, in order to give the individual time to speak it correctly with proper pronunciation and articulation. and master the saying at a comfortable speed. After that, the speed increases until the person is able to say the tongue twister at various speeds with out tripping up their tongue. One recommendation is to read the twisters aloud, or practice in front of mirror until the flow of the words, the tone and the correct pronunciation and articulation becomes second nature. Sometimes the exercise is turned into a game, especially important when dealing with children who can become bored of the normal drills.

23 Terrifically Tough and Trying Tongue Twisters have been written specifically for speech therapy in children and their families, helping dull, repetitive drills become fun and silly games for the whole family to enjoy. Try making your games and exercises with the help of these zany and challenging, tongue-trippers, and see the results in not only a child’s speech, but also possibly your own.

She Sells Seashells Down by the Seashore and Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers  are two very famous and challenging tongue twisters. They have delighted and entertained many generations, bringing joy and silliness. But where did they come from? Is there a story behind these two tongue twisters, and what inspired their being? The answer may be surprising, as well as fascinating.

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