Popular tongue twisters in English

109+ Tongue Twisters (Easy, Hard, Funny, Long, And More)

Tongue twisters are a fun way to practice pronunciation, diction, and overall communication skills

They’re also a great way to relieve stress and improve your mental agility. 

What Are Tongue Twisters?

When we say “tongue twister,” we usually mean a short sentence or phrase that’s hard for people to pronounce correctly. 

They are often used as a type of entertainment—to confuse people while they speak or read aloud.

So without further ado, here’s a list of the best tongue twisters around.

Tongue Twisters In English

Tongue Twisters For Adults

  1. If two witches would watch two watches, which witch would watch which watch?
  2. I like New York, unique New York, I like unique New York.
  3. English can be understood through tough thorough thought, though.
  4. I have got a date at a quarter to eight; I’ll see you at the gate, so don’t be late.
  5. Six Czech cricket critics.
  6. If you want to buy, buy. If you don’t want to buy, bye bye!
  7. Picky people pick Peter Pan Peanut-Butter, ’tis the peanut-butter picky people pick.
  8. A sailor went to sea to see what he could see. And all he could see was sea, sea, sea.
  9. Any noise annoys an oyster, but a noisy noise annoys an oyster more.
  10. Annie and Andy’s April anniversary.
  11. I slit a sheet, a sheet I slit. Upon the slitted sheet, I sit.
  12. Fresh fried fish, fish fresh fried, fried fish fresh, fish fried fresh.
  13. Shut up the shutters and sit in the shop.
  14. Loose lips, long licks.
  15. I saw a saw that could out saw any other saw I ever saw. 
  16. How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?
  17. Lesser leather never weathered wetter weather better.

Tongue Twisters For Kids

  1. Splish, splash, splosh, went the dog in the wash.
  2. Great glass globes glow greenly.
  3. Stanley stands sadly on the steep steps.
  4. The queen in green screams.
  5. Bella laughed ’til she barfed.
  6. Bears breathe blackberries.
  7. Rubber rudders bounce.
  8. Betty bought some butter, but the butter was bitter. So Betty bought some better butter to make the bitter butter better. 
  9. Many mumbling mice are making merry music in the moonlight. 
  10. Each Easter Eddie eats eighty Easter eggs.
  11. Really leery, rarely Larry.
  12. A snake sneaks to seek a snack.
  13. Two tried and true tridents.

Funny Tongue Twisters 

  1. No needs to light a night light on a light night like tonight.
  2. Whether the weather is warm, whether the weather is hot, we have to put up with the weather, whether we like it or not.
  3. If practice makes perfect and perfect needs practice, I’m perfectly practiced and practically perfect.
  4. Red lorry, yellow lorry, red lorry, yellow lorry, red lorry, yellow lorry.
  5. A synonym for cinnamon is a cinnamon synonym.
  6. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.
  7. If you notice this notice, you will notice that this notice is not worth noticing.
  8. A happy hippo hopped and hiccupped.
  9. Twelve twins twirled twelve twigs.
  10. The great Greek grape growers grow great Greek grapes.
  11. If a dog chews shoes, whose shoes does he choose?
  12. Five frantic frogs fled from fifty fierce fishes.
  13. Give papa a cup of proper coffee in a copper coffee cup.
  14. An ape hates grape cakes.
  15. Said the two to the tutor, “Is it harder to toot or to tutor two tooters to toot?”
  16. A tutor who tooted the flute tried to tutor two tooters to toot.

Easy Tongue Twisters

  1. I saw Suzie sitting in a shoeshine shop.
  2. Four furious friends fought for the phone.
  3. Six slippery snails slid slowly seaward.
  4. Kitty caught the kitten in the kitchen.
  5. Fred fed Ted bread and Ted fed Fred bread.
  6. The top cop saw a cop top.
  7. Eddie edited it.
  8. Busy buzzing bumblebees.
  9. Birdie birdie in the sky laid a turdie in my eye.
  10. Sheep should sleep in a shed.
  11. Big nose, big blows.
  12. Friendly fleas and fireflies.
  13. A big black bug bit a big black bear.
  14. Cooks cook cupcakes quickly. 

Short Tongue Twisters

  1. Truly rural.
  2. Scissors sizzle, thistles sizzle.
  3. Billybob blabbered boldly.
  4. Light the night light tonight.
  5. The blue bluebird blinks.
  6. Daddy draws doors.
  7. Greet with glee.
  8. Specific Pacific.
  9. Eleven benevolent elephants.
  10. Follow the fellow.
  11. Six sticky skeletons.
  12. Stop said Sid.
  13. A shapeless sash sags slowly.
  14. Elizabeth has eleven elves in her elm tree.
  15. Russian Rob runs.
  16. Big black bugs.
  17. Pirates’ private plank.
  18. Stupid superstition.
  19. Divers dive deep.
  20. Zebras zig and zebras zag.
  21. Bad money, mad bunny.
  22. He threw three balls.
  23. She sees cheese.
  24. Toy boat. Try boat. Toy boat. Try boat.
  25. Can you can a can as a canner can a can?
  26. I was born on a short, shiny, ship at shore.

Hard Tongue Twisters

  1. How many yaks could a yak pack, pack if a yak pack could pack yaks? 
  2. How much caramel can a canny cannonball cram in a camel if a canny cannonball can cram caramel in a camel?
  3. Little Lillian lets lazy lizards lie along the lily pads.
  4. Shave a single shingle thin.
  5. Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager managing an imaginary menagerie.
  6. Did Dick Dickens prick his pinkie picking cheap pickles?
  7. Rory the warrior and Roger the worrier were reared wrongly in a rural brewery.
  8. Thirty-three thirsty, thundering thoroughbreds thumped Mr. Thurber on Thursday.
  9. Six sick hicks nick six slick bricks with picks and sticks.
  10. A tweetle beetle noodle poodle bottled paddled muddled duddled fuddled wuddled fox in socks, sir!
  11. Near an ear, a nearer ear, a nearly eerie ear.
  12. A skunk sat on a stump and thunk the stump stunk, but the stump thunk the skunk stunk.

Long Tongue Twisters

Chester Cheetah

Chester cheetah chews a chunk of cheap cheddar cheese.

If the chunk of cheese chunked Chester cheetah,

What would Chester cheetah chew and chunk on?

Why Willy?!

Why do you cry, Willy?

Why, Willy?

Why, why, why?!

Why do you cry?

Willy, Willy!

Willy cry, why you cry, Willy?

Black and Brown Background

Black background, brown background,

Brown background, black background,

Background background, black, black, brown, brown.

Thought A Thought

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 wouldn’t have thought so much.

Fuzzy Wuzzy

Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear,

Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair,

Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t very fuzzy, was he?

Luke Luck

Luke Luck likes lakes.

Luke’s duck likes lakes.

Luke Luck licks lakes.

Luke’s duck licks lakes.

Duck takes licks in lakes Luke Luck likes.

Famous Tongue Twisters

Peter Piper

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 that Peter Piper picked?

Butter And Jelly

Yellow butter, purple jelly, red jam, black bread.

Spread it thick, say it quick!

Yellow butter, purple jelly, red jam, black bread,

Spread it thicker, say it quicker!

Yellow butter, purple jelly, red jam, black bread.

Don’t eat until you are spreading it like a spread!


How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

He would chuck, he would, as much as he could,

and chuck as much wood as a woodchuck would

if a woodchuck could chuck wood.


She sells seashells on the seashore. 

The shells she sells are surely seashells. 

So if she sells shells on the seashore, I’m sure she sells seashore shells.

Betty Botter

Betty Botter bought a bit of butter.

“But,” she said, “this bit of butter’s bitter,

But a bit of better butter mixed with this butter might just make my bit of bitter butter better.”

So, Betty bought a bit of better butter to make her bitter butter better.

Final Words

So, there you have it. 

Tongue twisters are an exciting way to challenge yourself, improve your vocabulary, and practice pronunciation.

Whether you’re looking to brush up on your English skills or simply trying to kill time at work, have fun trying out the tongue twisters.

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