We all have fun with our languages every once in a while. Tongue twisters are one of these ways that we like to prove how quickly, or easily and how good we are at speaking a language…and this is equal across many languages. Here are a few tongue twisters you may come across in other languages.
English – Tongue Twisters
How much wood could a woodchuck, chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
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, then where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
If two witches watch two watches, which witch will watch which watch?
French – Virelangues
Les chaussettes de l’archi-duchesse sont-elles sèches, archi-sèches ?
Are the archduchess’ socks dry, very dry?
Si six scies scient six-cent-six scies, ces six-cent-six scies seront sciées.
If six saws saw six hundred six saws, those six hundred six saws will be sawed.
Diderot dînait du dos d’un dodo dindon.
“Diderot dined on the back of a plump turkey.”
Spanish – Trabalenguas
Yo no compro coco. Porque como poco coco, poco coco compro.
“I do not buy coconut. Since I eat little coconut, I buy little coconut.”
Mi mama me mima mucho.
“My mother spoils me a lot.”
Las papas que pelan Paca y Pola las pone Pepe, poco a poco, en pilas.
The potatoes that Paca and Pola are pealing, Pepe is putting, little by little, in piles. Sounds like a ‘spud-tacular’ chore.
Try saying those 10 times fast! No matter what language you’re learning, there are always ways to make it more fun and interesting. Incorporate these into your learning routine, and you’ll impress the locals in no time!