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John KenmuirInglese
5 marzo 2018
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In our last post, we talked about using Tongue Twisters to practice pronunciation. You have probably heard of Tongue Twisters, but do you know what they are? Most people don't, not even native English speakers.

Tongue Twisters are a type of rhyme that targets difficult sounds in the English language in order to practice and improve pronunciation. A Tongue Twister will take one difficult sound, sometimes two, and repeat them over and over. The target sound is mixed in with other, easier to produce sounds, and is repeated often. In fact, it's possible that a target sound in a Tongue Twister will be used in 50% to 80% of the words within the Tongue Twister.

This aspect of Tongue Twisters is widely known, but there is more to them than that. Tongue Twisters can also be referred to as “nonsense rhymes” and with good reason. When you read a Tongue Twister, you will notice that the words may form a meaning but if they do, it's an illogical meaning. For example, one of the more famous Tongue Twisters is “She sells sea shells by the seashore”. If you think about this, why would anyone pay for a seashell when you can walk another ten feet and pick up one, or several, for free? The phrase has meaning, but no logic.

The reason for this is that Tongue Twisters are designed to focus on the sound, not the meaning, of the words. When the reader speaks the words, there is a simple, easily understood meaning to them that doesn't require thinking. The emphasis is on the sounds. And Tongue Twisters focus on the difficult sounds, sometimes pairing them with sounds that require the mouth to form a much different shape in order to reproduce the sound. In the above example, the phrase pairs and contrasts the sounds “S” and “Sh”. These two sounds can often confuse English language learners, especially when the sounds are alternated every other word.

Now that you understand this, you can try and write some of your own; this is where it gets fun. Instead of just mindlessly repeating the words given to you, get creative. And, if at any point you think you have mastered your Tongue Twisters, trying speaking them just a little faster. If that's still easy, try saying them faster yet. Keep going faster and faster until you start to trip over your own tongue. Practice this with a friend. Don't be afraid to laugh when you make mistakes, because mistakes are where we learn, and making mistakes with phrases that don't matter is the easiest and most enjoyable way to learn to correct our mistakes.
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Hello, and welcome to Verbling! As you see from my profile picture, I'm an older Canadian male but don't let that discourage you. My students tell me that I'm very funny and easy to talk to, which is the best compliment I could receive. I'm also very good at asking questions and creating a pleasant atmosphere and enjoyable conversation; you will find that lessons with me go very quickly because they're enjoyable as well as productive. Here is a joke you might enjoy: (S) Knock knock! (A) Who's there? (S) Etch. (A) Etch who? (S) Bless you! So that you know a little bit more about me, I have been teaching and tutoring ESL since 1989, almost 30 years. I began as a volunteer, participated in an ESL work-study program at university and then began my career teaching full-time after graduating in 1995. I have taught at schools and universities in Canada, South Korea, China & Saudi Arabia, and now teach online from my home in Merida, Mexico. I'm a former IELTS Speaking examiner (Shanghai, China, 2003-09) and can teach you about the IELTS Speaking exam, or even help you with TOEIC/TOEFL, if you plan to take those exams. In my spare time, I am a published writer/author/poet and amateur photographer. I love to travel and have been to many countries, and will continue to travel in the future. Maybe this is a subject you'd be interested in talking about? Good luck with your studies and I hope that we have a chance to meet in the future. John.
$16.00
USD/h
Flag Inglese
Canada
15
Inglese
Madrelingua
,
Spagnolo
A2
Hello, and welcome to Verbling! As you see from my profile picture, I'm an older Canadian male but don't let that discourage you. My students tell me that I'm very funny and easy to talk to, which is the best compliment I could receive. I'm also very good at asking questions and creating a pleasant atmosphere and enjoyable conversation; you will find that lessons with me go very quickly because they're enjoyable as well as productive. Here is a joke you might enjoy: (S) Knock knock! (A) Who's there? (S) Etch. (A) Etch who? (S) Bless you! So that you know a little bit more about me, I have been teaching and tutoring ESL since 1989, almost 30 years. I began as a volunteer, participated in an ESL work-study program at university and then began my career teaching full-time after graduating in 1995. I have taught at schools and universities in Canada, South Korea, China & Saudi Arabia, and now teach online from my home in Merida, Mexico. I'm a former IELTS Speaking examiner (Shanghai, China, 2003-09) and can teach you about the IELTS Speaking exam, or even help you with TOEIC/TOEFL, if you plan to take those exams. In my spare time, I am a published writer/author/poet and amateur photographer. I love to travel and have been to many countries, and will continue to travel in the future. Maybe this is a subject you'd be interested in talking about? Good luck with your studies and I hope that we have a chance to meet in the future. John.

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