Patiri Ko, Patiri Ka!

Tongue Twsters

Tongue twisters are definitely fun. It provides excitement especially when you recite a tricky rhyme and accidentally clutter and jumble the words. It also helps develop our speech ability and pronunciation.

But when most people think of tongue twisters a childhood image comes to mind. (Gotcha! I know you also have fun for tongue twisters too.)

Attempting to recite a tricky rhyme or phrase as fast as possible without tripping over the verbal challenges and hurdles lurking within these tongue-tying sentences, such as Peter Piper Picked A Peck of Pickled Peppers.

Combining the effects of alliteration (repetition of a sound), particularly of similar but not identical sounds, with a phrase designed such that it is made very easy to slip (perhaps making a spoonerism) accidentally, these sentences and poems can be guaranteed to provide us with lots of fun and laughter.

But tongue twisters are not only for light-hearted linguistic fun and games. They serve a practical purpose in practicing pronunciation. English tongue twisters may be used by students to improve their accent, some people who need to develop a certain accent, and by speech therapists to help those with speech difficulties.

If you still remember the fun brought by tongue twisters in high school, then you’ll enjoy more with some tongue twisters we offer below:

TT#1 (TT denote Tongue Twister, not a different meaning guys)
Betty Botter bought a bit of butter.
“But,” said she, “this butter’s bitter.
If I put it in my batter,
It will make my batter bitter.
But a bit of better butter
That would make my batter better.”
So Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter
(Better than her bitter butter)
And she put it in her bitter batter
And made her bitter batter a bit better.

TT#2
I bought a bit of baking powder and baked a batch of biscuits. I brought a big basket of biscuits back to the bakery and baked a basket of big biscuits. Then I took the big basket of biscuits and the basket of big biscuits and mixed the big biscuits with the basket of biscuits that was next to the big basket and put a bunch of biscuits from the basket into a biscuit mixer and brought the basket of biscuits and the box of mixed biscuits and the biscuit mixer to the bakery-and opened a can of sardines.

TT#3
Bill had a billboard.
Bill also had a board bill.
The board bill bored Bill,
So Bill sold his billboard
And paid his board bill.
Then the board bill
No longer bored Bill,
But though he had no board bill,
Neither did he have his billboard!

TT#4
Esau Wood would saw wood.
Oh, the wood that Wood would saw!
One day Esau Wood saw a saw saw wood as no other wood-saw
Wood ever saw would saw wood.
Of all the wood-saws Wood ever saw saw wood,
Wood never saw a wood-saw that would saw like the wood-saw
Wood saw would.
Now Esau saws wood with that wood-saw he saw saw wood.

TT#5
He says that a two twice-twisted twine twisted twice twists twice as tight as a one once-twisted twine twisted twice.
But I say that a two twice-twisted twine twisted twice does not twist as tight as a one once-twisted twine twisted twice.

TT#6
Of all the smells I ever smelt,
If I never smelt a smell that smelt
Like that smell I smelt smelled.

But what is more fun than to try tongue twisters in our own lingo.

Classic Bisaya Tongue Twister #1
Ang balay ni beloy libat

Classic Bisaya Tongue Twister #2
Patiri ko, patiri ka!

(Try to recite these tongue twisters ‘rapidly’ 10 times and find out if you will not scramble the words. But don’t you ever say a word that would make me laugh out loud)

Enjoy!

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