Friday, January 12, 2018

Tongue Twisting Your Way to Better English Speech

There are various language exercises that you can do to complement your training in the review center for IELTS. Tongue twisters are an excellent example of these language enhancement activities.

What are tongue twisters?

Tongue twisters are phrases that are put together to make your tongue feel like it is all twisted up. They are meant to challenge your pronunciation and diction. Tongue twisters may be a set of words that rhyme or have the same consonant sound that has to be repeated several times or finished fast. 

This is a fun way to boost your test preparation and complement your training in the IELTS review center. In Baguio, for instance, instructors encourage students to say tongue twisters to help improve their pronunciation skills.



Tongue Twisting

Benefits of Tongue Twisters

Aside from being a good language exercise to aid you training in the review center for IELTS, tongue twisters also have various advantages for your overall English speaking skills.

       ·         Tongue twisters expose individuals to different sounds and English language elements.
       ·         They help in teaching alliteration or the repetition of initial consonant sounds or head rhymes.
       ·         They help improve individuals’ pronunciation and articulation.
       ·         They help individuals become more aware of sounds or words that they have trouble with.
       ·         Tongue twisters provide an element of fun in learning English.

Examples of Tongue Twisters

Here are some of the easiest and most common tongue twisters to help you get started.

    1.       B
·         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 will make my batter better
So it was better Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter.

    2.       L and R
·         red lorry, yellow lorry, red lorry, yellow lorry
·         river valley road
·         A flea and a fly flew up in a flue. Said the flea, “Let us fly!” Said the fly, “Let us flee!” So they flew through a flaw in the flue.

    3.       P
·         Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked
If Peter Piper picked a peck pickled peppers
where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

    4.       TH, D, and T
·         Thank the other three brothers of their father's mother's brother's side.
·         Tim, the thin twin tinsmith.
·         I’m thinking of 3,333 things.

    5.       W and CH
·         How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
A woodchuck would chuck how much a woodchuck would chuck if a woodchuck would chuck wood.

Visit the nearest training center in your area to jumpstart your IELTS preparation. There is an IELTS review center in Baguio, Makati, Manila, Davao, and Cebu that you can enroll in. Choose the best and most convenient training center to boost your exam preparation.

References:
Alex. "50 Tongue Twisters to Improve Pronunciation in English." EngVid. Accessed December 05, 2017. https://www.engvid.com/english-resource/50-tongue-twisters-improve-pronunciation/.
English Sherpa. "Surprising Benefits of Tongue Twisters." English Sherpa. March 17, 2017. Accessed December 05, 2017. https://englishsherpa.com/tongue-twisters/.
Genesisd. "28 Tongue Twisters that Will Improve Your Students’ ESL Pronunciation." FluentU English Educator Blog. Accessed December 05, 2017. https://www.fluentu.com/blog/educator-english/esl-pronunciation-tongue-twisters/.
Joetritter. "Sets of Tongue Twister to Improve Your Speaking." Read More! June 02, 2016. Accessed December 05, 2017. https://joetritter.wordpress.com/2016/06/02/sets-of-tongue-twister-to-improve-your-speaking/.
Kaur, Navjot. "Tongue Twisters to Enhance Your Fluency for IELTS Speaking Test." Britishielts Blog. March 23, 2017. Accessed December 05, 2017. http://www.britishielts.in/blog/tongue-twisters-to-enhance-your-fluency-for-ielts-speaking-test/.
Talktefl. "Tongue Twisters—5 Benefits." Talktefl.com. June 27, 2017. Accessed December 05, 2017. https://talktefl.com/2017/01/22/tongue-twisters-5-benefits/.


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