A tongue-twister is a phrase that is deliberately designed to be difficult to articulate properly. While some produce results which are humorous - or humorously vulgar - when they are mispronounced, others simply rely on the embarrasssment of the speaker for their amusement value.
Tongue-twisters may rely on rapid alternation between similar but distinct phonemes, unfamiliar constructs, or other features of a spoken language in order to be difficult to articulate. Many tongue-twisters use a combination of alliteration and rhyme. They have two or more sequences of sounds that require repositioning the tongue between syllables, then the same sounds are repeated in a different sequence. Some tongue-twisters take the form of words or short phrases which become tongue-twisters when repeated rapidly.
So how good are you?
Try seeing how good you are at reading out some of these tongue twisters. Better still, record your efforts and send them in to us. We'll post them up on this web site so you can show off to all your friends how good you are!
Here are a few languages to start you off: