by John Riggio

Originally inspired by International Tongue-Twister Day, this lighthearted rock song seemed like a perfect addition to the revue! But besides being a ton of fun, tongue-twisters serve a very useful purpose: They can help us to speak more clearly. Practicing them can improve our ability to enunciate, articulate, and communicate. The goal is to be able to say them quickly, but your students should start as slowly as they need to, then work up to speed.

In this song we've given you several examples of pretty good tongue-twisters to use, and had our kids give demonstrations. You can make them more fun by letting your performers use funny voices, accents, and so on. For example, the line about the stellar stir-fry was spoken a la "surfer dude." Of course, you can feel free to use your own tongue-twisters instead. We have some other suggestions here, too:

  • The country cook carefully created croissants.
  • The ferrous Frankenstein fell face-first into the fallow ground.
  • Barry bought a bunch of beautiful browning bananas.
  • The doppelgangers ganged up on the Doppler radar!
  • Monique and Angelique took their unique antique to Martinique.
  • The blue bluebird blinks. The blue bluebird blinks.
  • Freshly-fried flying fish. Freshly-fried flying fish.
  • Kris Kringle carefully crunched on candy canes.
  • If you go for a gopher, a gopher will go for a gopher hole.
  • Black background, brown background.
  • If you notice this notice, you will notice that this notice is not worth noticing.
  • Scissors sizzle, thistles sizzle. Scissors sizzle, thistles sizzle.

Just for giggles and grins, we did an audio mix of silly outtakes of these alternates from our recording session that you can share with your students so they can hear how much fun our gang has in the studio sometimes. These tongue-twisters aren't so easy!

Text is taken from Music K-8 magazine.