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A phrase or sentence built by (tiresome) repetition of the same words or sounds.

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  1. A few common expressions are enough for most telephone conversations. Practice these telephone expressions by completing the following dialogues using the words listed below.
  2. A Read the text again and choose the correct ending to each sentence.
  3. A Read the text again quickly and complete sentences 1-6.
  4. A) Complete each gap with missing phrase from the box below
  5. A) Complete each gap with missing phrase from the box below.
  6. A) Complete the conversation with a phrase from the box

Tongue Twisters


"A sequence of words, often alliterative, difficult to articulate quickly." (Oxford English Dictionary)


"A word or phrase used as a test for detecting foreigners, or persons from another district, by their pronunciation." (OED)


A phrase or sentence built by (tiresome) repetition of the same words or sounds.

[k] A cup of coffee hot in a proper copper coffee-pot.

[g] Give Gloria good gloves Gus.

[t] Tell Tom to come to ten tomorrow. - Don’t trouble trouble until trouble troubles you.

[d] Don’t delay what you can do today till tomorrow.

[n] No news is good news.

[s], [∫] She sells sea-shells on the sea-shore, and the shells she sells are sea-shells, I am sure.

[z] There are many zebras and foxes in the zoo.

[θ] The teacher thought and thought and thought, and nobody knew the thought he thought.

[ð] Their father and brother help each other.

[p] Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers;

A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked;

If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,

Where is the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

[b] Brother Ben has many berries.

[m] Mike’s mother is coming tomorrow.

[l] Look, listen, learn. – All’s well that ends well. – He laughs best who laughs last.

[f] Five furious foxes fought in the forest.

[v] There are very many vitamins in various vegetables.

[j] Our yard is your yard, welcome to our yard.

[h] Happy hearts make happy homes.

[ʒ] They took usual measures.

[w] Why do you cry Willie, why do you cry?

Why, Willie, why, Willie, why, Willie, why?

[ŋ] To know everything is to know nothing.

[r] A foreign accent is a very great drawback. - A red-red rose in the garden.

[ʧ] Most French children like cheese. – Don’t touch those peaches in the kitchen.

[ʤ] Julius was jealous. – John, put the orange juice in the kitchen. – A journalist made a journey over Japan.

[ı] Is Bill still ill? – Six little kittens lost their mittens. – It’s a pity, they were so pretty.

[ı:] Please, leave me in peace. – Extremes meet. – Seeing is believing. – Pete beats Bill at billiards.

[e] Get ten eggs ready for breakfast. – The weather is getting better and better. – Better late than never, but better never late.

[ə] Peter is afraid of the doctor.

[α:] Can’t you ask Father or Aunt Margaret? – I shan’t dance at the garden party at my aunt’s farm.

[ɒ] A cup of coffee hot in a proper copper coffee-pot. – It’s not a lot of bother. – Molly’s got a lot of spots on her frock.

[u:] Soon the cool moon will shine on the gloomy pool. – Balloon, balloon, fly to the moon.

[ʊ] Look at this good cookery-book for Sue.

[ɜ:] An early bird catches the warm.

[ɔ:] All the four daughters of Mrs. Crawl are tall.

[æ] That’s the man who had a pen in his hand. – That’s the man who sat on my hat in the tram. – A black fat cat sat on a mat.

[ʌ] You must come to supper with us.

[ɜʊ] Don’t go so slow, don’t go so fast. – Nobody knows how lonely the road is.

[eı] Kate was late to skate the other day. – Rain, rain, go away, come again another day.

How many days has my baby to play? – Hop away, skip away, my baby wants to play;

My baby wants to play every day.

What’s your name? - Puddintame. Ask me again and I’ll tell you the same.

[aı] Violet is typing ninety-nine rhymes now.

Who didn’t want the pie? - It didn’t. – Why? – It was a cat, and the pie was a lemon pie.

[aʊ] Mr. Brown, Mr. Brown! Are you going downtown? Can you stop and take me down?

Thank you kindly, Mr. Brown!

Little mouse, little mouse, Will you come out of your house?

“Thank you, Pussy!” says the mouse, “I won’t leave my house.”

[ɔɪ] The royal envoy was boiled in oil because he was loyal to his native soil.

[ıə] Here is a severe engineer near the pier.

[ɛə] Clara has a toy fair bear to stare at.

[ʊə]Poor Bob could not endure the cure and died.


[aɪə] Are you on a diet? Are you on a diet? - Please, be quite! I’m a bit Tired.

[aʊə] There are flowers and flowers everywhere. Sound every vowel in the word “towel”.

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