Repeat After Me……

Tongue Twister = word, phrase, or sentence difficult to articulate because of a succession of similar consonantal sounds.Tongue Twister

~~ What time does the Irish wristwatch strap shop shut?

Love them or hate them, tongue twisters should be incorporated into everyones daily routine.
No matter what you do for a living, tongue twisters will help you with articulation, enunciation and diction. Who doesn’t want that?

~~ Frivolous fat Fannie fried fresh fish furiously

Tongue twisters are a great way to lighten your mood and put a smile on your face. It not only works out your tongue, but it trains your lips to move quickly to keep up the pace. And unless you are a master tongue twister, you’ll no doubt screw up the twist and say some pretty silly things, therefore, making you laugh at yourself. You can probably count on others laughing at you as well. All-the-while, without even knowing it, you’re practicing another skill: Speaking with a smile.

~~ Seventy seven benevolent elephants

As a voice actor, I get some pretty crazy scripts to record. And no, not all scripts are created equal. Run-on sentences; poor grammar; poor English; random thoughts; :41 of copy crammed into a :30 slot; crazy made-up words; difficult/impossible pronunciation; foreign words; words I’ve never heard of; technical mumbo jumbo; medical jargen; the list goes on. These are all things that I encounter on a daily basis. Sometimes things roll right off my tongue while other things trip me up repeatedly. I’ve found that doing a few tongue twisters can wake up a lazy tongue and get the words flowing.

~~ Shut up the shutters and sit in the shop

According to MIT researcher Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel, the world’s trickiest tongue-twister is this:

~~ pad kid poured curd pulled cold

Enjoy this short list of tongue twisters. Its very important to speak them out loud. Reading them to yourself doesn’t count. Incorporate a few into your vocal warmups each day!

Give Papa a cup of proper coffee in a copper coffee cup

Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager managing an imaginary menagerie

A loyal warrior will rarely worry why we rule

Six sharp smart sharks

Which witch wished which wicked wish

Three gray geese in the green grass grazing
Gray were the geese and green was the grass

Chop shops stock chops

Many an anemone sees an enemy anemone

She was a thistle sifter and sifted thistles through a thistle sieve

A skunk sat on a stump and thunk the stump stunk, but the stump thunk the skunk stunk

Which witch wished which wicked wish

Many of these tongue twisters are courtesy of http://thinks.com/words/tonguetwisters.htm

Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog. Your friend in voiceover, Rhonda.

Stay tuned for more of Rhonda’s Ramblings on her new blog at www.rhondasvoice.com.  Please be sweet and re-tweet.

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