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12 tongue twisters (+ 1 bonus tough one!)


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Here’s a challenge: try to say ‘rubber baby buggy bumpers’ or ‘she sells seashells by the seashore’ really fast. Can you do it? Sentences that trip up your mouth like these ones are called tongue twisters. But tongue twisters are not actually twisting your tongue — they’re twisting your brain!

How do they work?

jumbled letters

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They’re hard to say because the part of your brain that helps you with speaking has set places for different sounds. So, sometimes when you say sounds that are similar (like sss and shh), or sounds that use the same part of your mouth (like sounds that you use the front of your tongue for tee or dee) too quickly, your brain will get confused and cause you to stumble over the words.

Now that you know how they work, see how many of these tricky tongue twisters you can say quickly!


how can a clam cram in a clean can?


Six sleek swans swam swiftly southwards


Nine nimble noblemen nibbling nuts


Growing gray goats graze great green grassy groves.


Fred fed Ted bread and Ted fed Fred bread


Cooks cook cupcakes quickly


The wrinkle ship sank and the shrimp ship swam


A big black bug bit a big black bear.


She sees cheese


Luke Luck likes lakes, Luke's duck like lakes


Five frantic frogs fled from fifty fierce fish


What time does the wristwatch strap shop shut

Bonus tough tongue twister

This one’s the most difficult, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

The sixth sheik's sixth sheep's sick

And now that you’ve tried a few, see if you can write a few of your own!