Tongue Twisters!

My friend and colleague Terry Daniel at the VoiceOverClub put together this video on warming up one’s voice. Terry writes, “Using tongue twisters as a vocal warm-up exercise is an absolute must for anyone who uses their voice professionally.”  Enjoy Terry’s early morning tongue twisters.  Then try these:

I Love New York , Unique New York, I Live to Love Unique New York. Betty Botter Bought A Bit Of Bitter Batter. The Lips, The Teeth, The Tip Of The Tongue. Lemon Liniment. Bears And Bees, And Bees And Bears. Pop A Pop At Pop’s Soda Shop. Sister Sarah Sitting In A Shoeshine Shop. Red Leather, Yellow Leather. Pretty pretty penguin walking by, Black Tux, White Shirt, Red Bow Tie.

Whether The Weather Is Hot, Or Whether the Weather Is Not; We’ll Weather The Weather, Whatever The Weather, Whether We Like It Or Not.

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

Bi bye bee bi bye bo. be bye bicki bicki bye bicki bo . bicki bye bo be bickiy by bicky bye bo beeeeeee.  (Change letter each time and get higher.)

Do them with an overly exaggerated “BBC British” accent. Be sure to clear(that is, pronounce clearly) the dentinite “T”‘s and “D”s, the plosive “B”‘s and “P”‘s , the spirant “S”‘s, the lingual “L”‘s and the aspirate “HW”‘s. Do not forget the Labio-Dental Fricative (what a delicious phrase: it contains nearly every part of speech, excepting the “KS” sound) “F” and “V”.


One thought on “Tongue Twisters!

  1. Mrs. Diamond, those tongue-twisters are great. I will copy some for my kids to practice their reading. I had fun trying to pronounce them all correctly. 🙂

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