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A - Z Enunciation Exercises

Tongue Twisters to Practice Elocution


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Young performers face several challenges. For one, they must memorize lines. For another, they must speak loud enough for Grandpa to hear them in the 22nd row. But perhaps the most daunting challenge is learning how to slow down and enunciate.

No vocal warm-up is complete without reciting a few enunciation exercises. With that in mind, I present 26 fundamentally fun tongue twisters. Each one provides an "elocution work out." Take a few for a test drive. Say each line three or four times. But remember, do not worry about speed. Focus on speaking clearly, even if you must over enunciate at first.

A - Around the rugged rocks the ragged rascal ran.

B - Big black bug bit a big black bear and the big black bear bled black blood.

C - Can I cook a proper cup of coffee in a copper coffee pot?

D - Don't doubt the doorbell, but differ with the doorknob.

E - Eight gray geese in a green field grazing.

F - Fine white vinegar with veal.

The free thugs set three thugs free.

G - Grab the groundhog from the glazed grass.

Grey geese in a green field grazing.

H - High roller, low roller, lower roller.

How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?

I - Inexplicably mimicking him hiccupping.

I wish to wash my Irish wristwatch

J - Jingle jungle jangle joker.

K - Knit kilts for nasty cold nights.

L - Little lucky luke likes lakes, lucky little luke likes licking lakes

M - Monkeys make monopoly monotonous.

N - The Next nest will not necessarily be next to nothing.

O - Octopi occupy a porcupine's mind.

Only royal oily royal oil boils

P - Peter Prangle, the prickly pear picker, picked three perfectly prickly pears.

A proper copper coffee pot.

Q - Queen Catherine wakes the cat, and the cat quietly cries.

R - Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers!

Roberta ran rings around the Roman ruins.

S - Some shun sunshine. Do you shun sunshine?

Six stick shifts stuck shut.

T - Three thick thistle sticks.

The thirty-three thieves thought that they thrilled the throne throughout Thursday.

U - Unique New York, Unique New York, Unique New York.

V - Venti, Grande, Tall - Very Grand Words for Large, Medium, Small.

W - Will's wetsuit is round and wet and rough and wide and ready to go on a watery ride.

Wayne went to Wales to watch walruses.

X - Xylophones exist or so existentialists insist.

Y - Yoda met a Yeti on the Plains of Serengeti.

Z - Zoologists illogically love to read astrology.

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