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  • Hi, everyone. I'm Alex. Thanks for clicking, and welcome to this lesson on "Popular Tongue

  • Twisters". So, every language has tongue twisters, which are essentially short phrases or short

  • little stories that repeat problem sounds or the same groups of sounds to make it difficult

  • to pronounce when you say it very quickly. Now, what is the purpose of tongue twisters?

  • Number one, they're really fun. And number two, they are challenging. And number three,

  • they do improve your pronunciation, your enunciation, and your ability to speak more fluently, more

  • clearly, and in a way that makes you more understandable, you know, to a general audience.

  • Especially if you're in public speaking, even for native speakers, tongue twisters are a

  • great way for actors or public speakers to improve their pronunciation; an ability to

  • be clear when they speak.

  • So, we're going to look at four popular tongue twisters in English. And at the end of the

  • lesson, if you really enjoyed this, you can actually check out our resources page where

  • there will be a resource that has a list of popular English tongue twisters for you to

  • keep practicing after this lesson, and to improve your pronunciation. Okay?

  • So, number one is: "She sells seashells by the seashore."

  • Now, this tongue twister is essentially to practice your "sh", "se" combinations. Okay?

  • So, you could see here it's: "She sells seashells", this is the hardest part. It goes "sh", "se",

  • "se", "sh". So you have a "sh" and a "sh" at the end; and in the middle, you have a

  • "se", "se". Okay? So, try saying it after me. "She sells seashells". All right, one

  • more time. "She sells seashells". Okay. And the full thing is: "She sells seashells by

  • the seashore." So this is "seashore", "se", "sh". So I'm going to say it one more time

  • and then you repeat after I say it. "She sells seashells by the seashore." Okay. Not bad.

  • Okay. All right, we'll try it one more time and I'm going to do it quickly this time.

  • "She sells seashells by the seashore." Okay. Keep practicing.

  • So, the next one says: "How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?"

  • This is very difficult because it does focus on the, you know, "c" sound, but it's specifically

  • the "l" and the "r" sound. So, I have taught numerous Korean speakers, as well as Japanese

  • speakers who do have an issue with the "l" and "r" sound, and this is a great tongue

  • twister to get you to practice the difference, to notice the difference. So, one more time.

  • I'm going to say it piece by piece, and I want you to repeat after me. So: "How can

  • a clam cram"? So, can you just say: "clam cram"? Okay? "Clean cream can". So repeat

  • this after me: "Clean cream can". All right. Now we're going to try the whole thing. So:

  • "How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?" It's not easy. Right? But the more you practice

  • it, the better you will be. And again, start slowly. First, make sure that you can actually

  • pronounce the sounds, and then work your way through it, repeating it, getting faster.

  • And eventually, you can say: "How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?" And then if you

  • say that again and again, you will improve, you will get better.

  • And finally, there are two more. These are actually much longer. The full versions are

  • much longer. So I just gave you the first line of these two very popular English tongue

  • twisters, and they are Betty Botter and Peter Piper. For the full versions, you can check

  • out the resources page like I mentioned before.

  • So, for Betty Botter, this will really help you to practice that "ah" sound in English,

  • as well as other vowel sounds. The full versions has:

  • "Betty Botter bought some butter, but she said the batter's bitter."

  • So you're going to be practicing your "a", your "e", your "ah". And just listen and repeat

  • after me for the first line. So, first: "Betty Botter bought some butter." Okay, so here,

  • we have "be", so just repeat after me. "Be", "bah", "bah", "be", so this one is not "bah",

  • not "batter", but "butter", "buh", "buh", "buh". One more time. "Bu", "bah", so open

  • your mouth more on "Botter" and "bought". So, we'll say the whole thing one more time.

  • "Betty Botter bought some butter." Okay. Not bad, not bad. And let's try it one more time,

  • a little quicker this time. "Betty Botter bought some butter." Okay. So, keep practicing

  • it. And for the full version, check out the resources page.

  • And finally, probably the most common and popular tongue twister in English that many

  • people know is: "Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers."

  • So, this one is especially useful for Latin speakers who have an issue with the "eh" sound,

  • often pronounced as "e". So, if I were a Latin speaker, specifically Spanish, then I might

  • say: "Peter Peeper picked a peck of peeckled peppers." So I would be saying "pe", "pe",

  • "pe". Really, it's: "Peter Pi, Peter Piper", not "peeked or picked", but: "picked", "picked".

  • Okay. "Peter Piper picked". All right? So repeat it one more time after me. "Peter Piper

  • picked a peck of pickled peppers." All right. The whole thing. "Peter Piper picked a peck

  • of pickled peppers." Okay, not bad. And again, specifically, I really want you to focus on

  • the "eh" sound in this one. So "picked", "pickled", "picked", "pickled". So repeat after me: "Picked",

  • "pickled". Now, if you're saying "peekled" or: "peeked", you have to get that out of

  • your mind somehow, and essentially, just try focusing on making a shorter sound. So, one

  • more time from the whole thing. "Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers." All right.

  • And very quickly now, here we go. "Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers." It's very

  • difficult. I understand.

  • Okay, guys, so this is specifically a lesson to practice your pronunciation. So we are

  • not going to have a quiz on this one, but I want you to go back, watch this video again,

  • and keep practicing your pronunciation. From the top, I'm going to say it one more time.

  • "She sells seashells by the seashore.",

  • "How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?",

  • "Betty Botter bought some butter.",

  • "Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers."

  • All right. Nice job.

  • So, as always, I want you to subscribe to my YouTube channel, check out the resources

  • page, and you can get a lot more of these and similar tongue twisters. Until next time,

  • guys, see you later. Bye.

Hi, everyone. I'm Alex. Thanks for clicking, and welcome to this lesson on "Popular Tongue

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