Tongue Twisters

Can you say these fast? Can you say them clearly so it is understood? Can you say them without laughing at yourself? Give it a try…I bet you can’t…

A tree toad love a she-toad
That lived up in a tree.
She was a three toed tree toad,
But a two-toed toad was he.
The two-toed toad tried to win
The she-toads friendly nod,
For the two-toed toad loved the ground
On which the three-toed toad trod.
But no matter how the two-toed tree toad tried,
He could not please her whim.
In her tree toad bower,
With her three-toed power,
The she-toad vetoed him.

Swan, swim over the sea
Swim, swan, swim!
Swan, swim back again.
Well swum, swan!

Can you imagine
an imaginary
menagerie manager
an imaginary menagerie?

Ned Nott was shot and Sam Shott was not.
So it is better to be Shott than Nott?
Some say Nott was not shot.
But Shott says he shot Nott.
Either the shot Shott shot at Nott was not shot,
or Nott was shot
If the shot Shott shot shot Nott Nott was shot.
But if the Shott shot shot Shott then Shott was shot not Nott.
However, the shot Shott shot shot not Shott – but Nott.

Betty Botter bought some butter,
But, she said, the butter’s bitter.
If I put it in my batter,
It will make my batter bitter.
But a bit of better butter-
That would make my batter better.
So she bough a bit of butter,
Better than her bitter butter.
And she put it in her batter,
And the batter was not bitter.
So t’was better.
Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter.

Theophilus Thistledown, the successful thistle sifter,
In sifting a sieve of unsifted thistles,
thrust three thousand thistles through the thick of his thumb.
If, then, Theophilus Thistledown, the successful thistle sifter,
thrust three thousand thistles through the thick of his thumb,
See that thou in sifting a sieve of thistles,
do not get the unsifted thistles stuck in THY thumb.

How many cans
Can a canner can
If a canner
Can can cans?
A canner can can
As many cans
As a canner can
If a canner Can can cans.

I thought a thought.
But the thought I thought wasn’t the thought I thought I thought.
If the thought I thought I thought had been the thought I thought I thought, I wouldn’t have thought so much.

You’ve no need to light a night-light
On a light night like tonight.
For a night-light’s light’s a slight light,
And tonight’s a night that’s light.
When a night’s light, like tonight’s light, It is really not quite right
To light night-lights with their slight lights
On a light night like tonight.

I would if I could.
If I couldn’t, how could I?
I couldn’t if I couldn’t, could I?
If you couldn’t, you couldn’t, could you?

Sarah, Sarah, sits in her Chevrolet.
When she shifts she sips her Schlitz, and when she sips her Schlitz she shifts.

A certain young fellow named Beebee
Wished to marry a lady named Phoebe
“But,” he said. “I must see What the minister’s fee be
Before Phoebe be Phoebe Beebee”

To sit in solemn silence on a dull dark dock
In a pestilential prison with a lifelong lock
Awaiting the sensation of a short sharp shock
From a cheap and chippy chopper on a big black block.

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck
If a woodchuck would chuck wood?
A woodchuck would chuck all the wood he could chuck
If a woodchuck could chuck wood.

How much Zen would a Zen master master
if Zen master could master all the Zen?
A Zen master would master all the Zen he could master
if a Zen master should master all the Zen

One smart fellow, he felt smart
Two smart fellows, they felt smart
Three smart fellows, they all felt smart

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?

A tutor who tooted the flute
Tried to tutor two tooters to toot
Said the two to the tutor
“Is it tougher to toot Or to tutor two tooters to toot?”

Three sweet switched Swiss witches watch three washed Swiss witch Swatch watch switches.
Which sweet switched Swiss witch watches which washed Swiss witch Swatch watch switch?

A brother to his brother did utter
“Go, my brother, and shut the shutter”
“The shutter’s shut” the brother did utter
“I cannot shut it any shutter!”

An oyster met an oyster,
and they were oyster two;
Two oysters met two oysters,
and the were oysters too.
Four oysters met a pint of milk
and they were oyster stew.

I often sit and think
and fish and sit
and fish and think
and sit and fish
and think and wish
That I could get a cool drink.

Say did you say,
or did you not say
What I said you said?
For it is said that you said
That you did not say what I said I said.
Now if you say that you did not say what I said I said,
Then what do you say you did say instead of what I said you said?

Say these 5 times real fast:

  • A cricket critic
  • A black bug’s blood
  • Irish wristwatch
  • Legend tripping
  • Red lorry, yellow lorry
  • Variants
  • Red leather, yellow leather
  • Red welly, yellow welly
  • Road-roller
  • Upper roller, lower roller
  • Rubber baby buggy bumpers
  • Toy boat
  • Unique New York
  • Stupid Superstition


Other phrases that will tie your tongue:

  • Ken Dodd’s dad’s dog’s dead.
  • “Are you copper-bottoming ’em my man?” “No, I’m aluminuming ’em ma’am.”
  • The black bloke’s back brake block broke.
  • A box of biscuits, a box of mixed biscuits, and a biscuit mixer
  • He thrusts his fists against the posts and still insists he sees the ghosts.
  • Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager managing an imaginary menagerie.
  • I slit a sheet, a sheet I slit, upon a slitted sheet I sit.
  • The Leith police dismisseth thee. The Leith police dismisseth us.
  • A proper cup of coffee from a copper coffee pot
  • Round and round the rugged rock the ragged rascal ran.
  • The sixth sick sheikh’s sixth sheep’s sick.
  • “We reweave rips” (A sign in the window of a tailor’s shop.)
  • The winkle ship sank and the shrimp ship swam.
  • An old sea bear sits on the pier and drinks a pint of beer.
  • One was a racehorse, Two was one too. One won a race, Two won one too.
  • She sells sea shells on the sea shore. The shells she sells are sea shells, I’m sure.