This spoken, tongue-twister warm-up is useful before singing and before public speaking. It presents combinations of sounds that are likely to be difficult to enunciate. You will probably discover that some of the tongue twisters are quite difficult for you to say, while others are not challenging at all. Just as some people can whistle and others can’t, different people have different speech patterns. Work on the ones that are the hardest for you, to clean up any enunciation difficulties you may have. Pages and pages of other tongue twisters can be found on the Internet.
With each tongue twister, begin slowly and clearly, repeating the phrase several times. You may speed up as long as the phrase remains under your control. If you happen to find yourself chuckling at the results of one or another of the tongue twisters, feel free to have a laugh. Laughing is a great way to engage your diaphragm and shed tension.
How many cookies could a good cook cook, if a good cook could cook cookies?
A Swiss miss on an isthmus at Christmas queries queasy quintuplets.
Three fleeing fleas flew through three freezing trees.
Roll red wagons.
Wicked weather thwarts weary sleuths.
Back black bat.
How many berries could a bare berry bearer carry, if a bare berry bearer carried berries?
Six slimy suckers stuck in sludge.
Reeling real rear wheels.
Whistle thistle sizzle bristle.
Toy boat, boy’s boat.