The Tongue Twister Database
This page was originally created to give a good group of tongue twisters to people in speech therapy, to people who want to work on getting rid of an accent, or to people who just plain like tongue twisters. I hope you enjoy them.
Due to popular request, I have altered the format of the page. This was done because many people have felt the previous formats to be hard to read. I also hope to add new content to the page soon, I promise.
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Six sick slick slim sycamore saplings.
A box of biscuits, a batch of mixed biscuits
A skunk sat on a stump and thunk the stump stunk,
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
Red lorry, yellow lorry, red lorry, yellow lorry.
Unique New York.
Betty Botter had some butter,
Six thick thistle sticks. Six thick thistles stick.
Is this your sister's sixth zither, sir?
A big black bug bit a big black bear,
The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick.
Toy boat. Toy boat. Toy boat.
One smart fellow, he felt smart.
Pope Sixtus VI's six texts.
I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit, and on the slitted sheet I sit.
She sells sea shells by the sea shore.
Mrs. Smith's Fish Sauce Shop.
"Surely Sylvia swims!" shrieked Sammy, surprised.
A Tudor who tooted a flute
Shy Shelly says she shall sew sheets.
Three free throws.
I am not the pheasant plucker,
Sam's shop stocks short spotted socks.
A flea and a fly flew up in a flue.
Which wristwatches are Swiss wristwatches?
Lesser leather never weathered wetter weather better.
A bitter biting bittern
A noisy noise annoys an oyster.
The myth of Miss Muffet.
Mr. See owned a saw.
Friendly Frank flips fine flapjacks.
Vincent vowed vengeance very vehemently.
Cheap ship trip.
I cannot bear to see a bear
Lovely lemon liniment.
Gertie's great-grandma grew aghast at Gertie's grammar.
Tim, the thin twin tinsmith
Fat frogs flying past fast.
I need not your needles, they're needless to me;
Flee from fog to fight flu fast!
The boot black bought the black boot back.
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck
We surely shall see the sun shine soon.
Moose noshing much mush.
Ruby Rugby's brother bought and brought her
Sly Sam slurps Sally's soup.
My dame hath a lame tame crane,
Six short slow shepherds.
A tree toad loved a she-toad
Which witch wished which wicked wish?
Old oily Ollie oils old oily autos.
The two-twenty-two train tore through the tunnel.
Silly Sally swiftly shooed seven silly sheep.
Twelve twins twirled twelve twigs.
Three gray geese in the green grass grazing.
Many an anemone sees an enemy anemone.
Nine nice night nurses nursing nicely.
You've no need to light a night-light
Black bug's blood.
Say this sharply, say this sweetly,
Six sticky sucker sticks.
If Stu chews shoes, should Stu
Crisp crusts crackle crunchily.
Give papa a cup of proper coffee in a copper coffee cup.
Six sharp smart sharks.
What a shame such a shapely sash
Sure the ship's shipshape, sir.
Betty better butter Brad's bread.
Of all the felt I ever felt,
Don't pamper damp scamp tramps that camp under ramp lamps.
Swan swam over the sea,
Six shimmering sharks sharply striking shins.
I thought a thought.
Brad's big black bath brush broke.
Thieves seize skis.
Chop shops stock chops.
Sarah saw a shot-silk sash shop full of shot-silk sashes
Strict strong stringy Stephen Stretch
Susan shineth shoes and socks;
The blue bluebird blinks.
Betty and Bob brought back blue balloons from the big bazaar.
When a twister a-twisting will twist him a twist,
Untwirling the twine that untwisteth between,
The twain that in twining before in the twine,
The Leith police dismisseth us.
The seething seas ceaseth
If one doctor doctors another doctor, does the doctor
Two Truckee truckers truculently truckling
Plague-bearing prairie dogs.
Ed had edited it.
She sifted thistles through her thistle-sifter.
Give me the gift of a grip top sock:
While we were walking, we were watching window washers
Freshly fried fresh flesh.
Six twin screwed steel steam cruisers.
The crow flew over the river
Preshrunk silk shirts
A bloke's back bike brake block broke.
A pleasant place to place a plaice is a place
I correctly recollect Rebecca MacGregor's reckoning.
Good blood, bad blood.
Quick kiss. Quicker kiss.
I saw Esau kissing Kate. I saw Esau,
Cedar shingles should be shaved and saved.
Lily ladles little Letty's lentil soup.
Amidst the mists and coldest frosts,
Shelter for six sick scenic sightseers.
Listen to the local yokel yodel.
Give Mr. Snipa's wife's knife a swipe.
Whereat with blade,
Are our oars oak?
Can you imagine an imaginary menagerie manager
A lusty lady loved a lawyer
The epitome of femininity.
She stood on the balcony
Kris Kringle carefully crunched on candy canes.
Please pay promptly.
On mules we find two legs behind
What time does the wristwatch strap shop shut?
One-One was a racehorse.
Girl gargoyle, guy gargoyle.
Pick a partner and practice passing,
Once upon a barren moor
If a Hottentot taught a Hottentot tot
Will you, William?
Mix, Miss Mix!
Who washed Washington's white woolen underwear
Two toads, totally tired.
Freshly-fried flying fish.
The sawingest saw I ever saw saw
Just think, that sphinx has a sphincter that stinks!
Strange strategic statistics.
Sarah sitting in her Chevrolet,
Hi-Tech Traveling Tractor Trailor Truck Tracker
Six slippery snails, slid slowly seaward.
Three twigs twined tightly.
There was a young fisher named Fischer
Pretty Kitty Creighton had a cotton batten cat.
Suddenly swerving, seven small swans
The ochre ogre ogled the poker.
If you stick a stock of liquor in your locker,
Shredded Swiss chesse.
The soldiers shouldered shooters on their shoulders.
Theophiles Thistle, the successful thistle-sifter,
Now.....if Theophiles Thistle, the successful thistle-sifter,
Success to the successful thistle-sifter!
Thank the other three brothers of their father's mother's brother's side.
They both, though, have thirty-three thick thimbles to thaw.
Fred fed Ted bread, and Ted fed Fred bread.
Cows graze in groves on grass which grows in grooves in groves.
Brisk brave brigadiers brandished broad bright blades,
They have left the thriftshop, and lost both their theatre tickets and the
These are in Dutch
Ik zag de zon zakken in de Zuiderzee.
Hoor de kleine klompjes klepperen op de klinkers.
To en Tom aten tomaten; To at en Tom vrat.
These are in French and might show up incorrectly on your browser.
Un chasseur sachant chasser chassait sans son chien de chasse.
Ton thé, t'a-t-il ôté ta toux?
Étant sorti sans parapluie, il m'eût plus plu qu'il plût plus tôt.
These are in Pinoy
Minimekaniko ni Monico ang makina ng Minica ni Monica.
Botica, Bituka, Butiki.
This one is in Hebrew.
Sara shara shir sameyach.
This one is Japanese.
Namamugi, Namagome, Namatamago.
For more non-English tongue twisters, I highly recommend Michael Reck's page of International Tongue Twisters. He has tongue twisters in many different languages and it is very impressive. I highly recommend it.
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