Before we jump to the list of tongue twisters, let’s take a quick look at the two cardinal rules for saying them.
Two rules to speak tongue twisters
Say them fast. The faster, the better. If you say slowly, you can say the most difficult tongue twister in the world without fumbling. Right?
If the tongue twister is short – a short sentence comprising of few words – repeat it at least thrice in quick succession. (Most in the list below would fall into the category of short tongue twisters.) If they’re long, say them once.
You may also find list of common proverbs and common idioms – both with meanings and examples – useful.
A word of note before you jump into the list below: If you’re looking for a particular tongue twister, run a ‘Ctrl + F’ on this page with the key word. For example, if you’re looking for the tongue twister on undertaker do a ‘Ctrl + F’ with ‘undertaker’.
Here is the list of more than 200 tongue twisters. Speak them out regularly and you’ll improve your pronunciation and fluency.
Ape cakes, grape cakes.
Kinky kite kits.
The fickle finger of fate flips fat frogs flat.
Avery’s army’s armory.
Poor pure Pierre.
Six small slick seals.
Real rear wheels.
There goes one tough top cop.
Twenty tender tree stumps.
Bill built a big brick building.
Ava ate eighty eggs.
Three free through trains.
Keenly cleaning copper kettles.
Peggy Babcock’s mummy.
Sixty-six sticky skeletons.
Nineteen nice knights.
A knapsack strap.
Goats and ghosts.
Cheap sheep soup.
Red blood, green blood.
Chip’s ship sank.
Big B-52 bombers.
Black bug’s blood.
Red bug’s blood, bed bug’s blood.
Alice asks for axes.
Thelma sings the theme song.
A batter, a banana, and a bandana.
Bland Bea blinks back.
Carl called Claude.
Curt carved curves.
Eleven little leather loafers.
Fifteen filthy flying foxes.
A fine field of wheat.
Flawless porcelain flasks.
Friendly fleas and fireflies.
Five fat French fleas freeze.
Four fliers flip-flop.
The flurry fly flitted from flower to flower.
Fine fresh fodder.
Four frightening flashes.
Good blood, bad blood.
Pre-shrunk silk skirts.
Has Hal’s heel healed?
A gentle judge judges justly.
Knee deep, deep knee.
This disk sticks.
Lily little lit a little lamp.
Which witch is which?
Soft, smooth snake skin.
Mr. Melton made a metal motor.
The tailor’s tactics took twice the time.
Much mashed mushrooms.
Plain bun, plum bun.
The plum pickers plucked the plump plums.
Ted sent Stan ten tents.
Pick a purple pocket.
Thin sticks, thick bricks.
Pale pink plumage.
Rough rural roads.
Six crisp snacks.
Sixteen slim, silky slippers.
Strange strategic statistics.
Sharp sharkskin shoes.
Scams, stings, and skullduggery.
Thirteen drummers thumping drums.
Two ticket takers took a taxi.
She sees cheese.
Three thick things.
Twelve tiny thread tweezers.
The short soldier shoots straight.
Valuable valley villas.
Real wristwatch straps.
White wings, round rings.
Yellow leather, red feather.
The glum groom grew glummer.
Four frightening flashes.
Disgruntled dishwashers don’t wash dishes.
Deer’s ears hear clear cheers.
Eighteen apes ate eighteen apricots.
Steven Stanley sees seven stars.
Wire rimmed wheels.
Weary railroad workers.
Once really wet red whale.
King Kong plays Ping-Pong.
Frank flunked French.
No one knows Wayne.
Red lorry, yellow lorry.
Dave’s dogs dig deep ditches.
Prates private property.
Eight apes ate Nate’s tape.
Four furious friends fought for the phone.
Black background, brown background.
Do thick tinkers think?
Kirk’s starched shirts.
When the computer crashed, the class gasped.
The flood flooded Frank’s floor.
Bob bought a bleached blue-beaded blazer.
Sharpshooters should shoot slowly.
Nine nimble noblemen nibbled nuts.
Five fat French fleas freeze.
Jim jogs in the gym. Jane jogs in the jungle.
No shark shares swordfish steak.
She shrieks as she stiches sheets.
Bridget builds bigger bridges than Barbara, but the bridges Barbara builds are better than the bridges Bridget builds.
Sloppy skiers slide on slick ski slopes.
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?
Exercise instructors instruct struggling exercisers to exercise strongly.
Surely the sun shall shine soon.
Sharon sewed six shiny suits.
She saw Sherif’s shoes on the sofa. But was she so sure she saw Sherif’s shoes on the sofa?
I like New York, unique New York, I like unique New York.
A slimy snake slithered down the sandy Sahara.
It is so chilly, the silly child should soon shut the shutters.
The throne was frozen. It was a frozen throne.
Swan swam over the sea. Swim, swan, swim! Swan swam back again. Well swum swan!
Shoes and socks shock Susan.
The soldier’s shoulder surely hurts.
If he slipped, should she slip?
The sun shines on the shop signs.
A big black bat flew past. A big brown bat flew past. Did the big black bat fly past faster than the big brown bat flew past?
Some shun summer sunshine.
If I assist a sister-assistant, will the sister’s sister-assistant assist me?
I have a black-backed bath brush. Do you have a black-backed bath brush?
Shallow sailing ships should shun shallow shoals.
The king would sing, about a ring that would go ding.
If you notice this notice, you will notice that this notice is not worth noticing.
Does someone know a synonym for cinnamon? Someone once said that cinnamon has no synonym.
Insects. Six insects. Six sick insects.
High roller. Low roller. Lower a roller.
Ted threw Fred thirty-three free throws.
Debbie didn’t destroy Darrell’s dishes. Darrell destroyed Debbie’s dishes.
Rival river runners rode the wild river.
Fancy Nancy didn’t fancy doing fancy work. But Fancy Nancy’s fancy auntie did fancy Nancy doing fancy work. So Fancy Nancy did fancy work for Fancy Nancy’s fancy auntie.
Something stinks and I think what stinks are the things in the sink.
Suzie’s sister saw some scissors Suzie set on her sofa.
The fuzzy bee buzzed the buzzy busy beehive.
The rhino wore a white ribbon.
Can you can a can as a canner can can a can?
Ray’s runway runs one way.
A proper cup of coffee from a proper copper coffee pot.
Six sick shorn sheep.
Nancy naps at noon and Nick knows it’s not nice to knock when Nancy’s napping.
Sally sells soil samples at the soil store. Sometimes there are seashells in the soil samples Sally sells.
Betty bought a bit of butter. But the butter Betty bought was bitter. So Betty bought a better butter, and it was better than the butter Betty bought before.
Stacks of salty snacks make Sam slurp and smack.
Under the mother otter, uttered the other otter.
Quakes cause cracks.
She sells seashells by the seashore.
The vicious visitors visited the virtual village.
Which wristwatches are Swiss wristwatches?
Please prune plum trees promptly.
Knit this net with neat knots. Knots that are not neat are not the knots this net needs.
Mr. Spink thinks the sphinx stinks.
A big black bear sat on a big black rug.
She sells Swiss sweets.
Shameless shepherds shampoo shy sheep.
Should she shut summer shutters slowly or should she shut summer shutters swiftly?
Flat flying fish fly faster than flat, flying fleas.
Edgar at eight ate eight eggs a day.
He threw three free throws.
Penny penned a pretty poem.
The shepherd swiftly sheared the sleepy sheep with the sharp scissors.
The captain’s cook was a crook because he took the clock locked in the captain’s kitchen cupboard.
Billy Wood said he would carry the wood through the woods. And if Wood said he would, Wood would.
Stan stopped stealing Sam’s stamps.
Pretty poor peace prospects.
Charles chose the chief cheap sheep section.
Four fine fresh fish for you.
New cheese, blue cheese, chew cheese please.
The boy blinked at the blank bank blackboard.
I saw a kitten eating chicken in the kitchen.
Angels hang ancient anchors at angles that anger ogres.
Does this shop stock shot silk shorts?
Sarah slurped soda through straight, striped soda straws.
The sad soldier should shoot soon.
If a dog chews shoes, whose shoes does he choose?
Remove the raw rice. Once the raw rice is removed, roast the white rice.
The minx mixed a medicine mixture.
Old Howell owned a house on which old owls howled.
Six snakes sniffed six sticks. The snakes sniffed so softly that their sniffing seemed silent. Soon their soft sniffing stopped. Then the six snakes that sniffed the six sticks simply slithered away.
An undertaker undertook to undertake an undertaking. The undertaking that the undertaker undertook was the hardest undertaking the undertaker ever undertook to undertake.
Tie a knot, tie a knot. Tie a tight, tight knot. Tie a knot in the shape of a nought.
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