Top 15 Tongue Twisters in English: Advanced Pronunciation Lesson

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Hi, I'm Vanessa from SpeakEnglishWithVanessa.com.  
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If a black bug bleeds black blood, what color  does a blue bug bleed? Let's talk about it.  
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What color does a blue bug bleed? Blue  bug bleed. Blue bug bleed. I have no clue.  
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I am not a bug expert, but as you can imagine,  today, we are going to be talking about 15 common,  
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fun English tongue twisters to help you improve  your pronunciation, and have a little bit of fun.  
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Like always, I have created a free  PDF worksheet that you can download  
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with the link in the description. You  will see all of today's tongue twisters,  
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all of the pronunciation tips, and you can  answer Vanessa's challenge question at the  
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bottom of the PDF worksheet, so that you  never forget what you've learned. All right.  
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Are you ready for pronunciation fun? Let's start.  Our first three tongue twisters have to do with  
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L and R. I'm going to read the first one,  then I'll give you some pronunciation tips.  
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We'll practice it again, and then we'll go  on to the other L and R tongue twisters. 
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All right. I'm going to read to you. Here's the  first one. How can a clam cram in clean cream can?  
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One more time. How can a clam cram in a clean  cream can? Okay. Here we have a lot of R and  
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L words. Clam, cram. These are called minimal  pairs. That means that the words sound almost  
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exactly the same, except for one tricky  letter, R and L. So, when we say clam,  
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this is that kind of almost like a mussel. You  can open it up, and it's a seafood. You can eat  
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it. We can have your tongue between your teeth.  Clam, clam, and when you say cram, which is like  
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to shove and push something into a small space,  you need to have a strong R sound. Cram. Imagine  
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that angry dog. Crr, crr, cram. Let's say that one  one more time, and then we'll go on to the other  
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two tongue twisters that include L and R. How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?  
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All right. Are you ready for the next two? I'm  going to say them two times. The first time you  
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can listen, and the second time I challenge you to  say it out loud with me. Here, it goes. A really  
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leery Larry rolls readily to the road. Can you say  that with me? A really leery Larry rolls readily  
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to the road. Hoo hoo. Let's go to the next one.  Lucky rabbits like to cause a ruckus. That's fun.  
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The word ruckus means chaos or craziness. It's  a fun word. What's all this ruckus going on?  
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Let's say that one one more time, and I challenge  you to say those L and R words out loud with me.  
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Lucky rabbits like to cause a ruckus. Can you  say that really fast? Lucky rabbits like to  
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cause a ruckus. Lucky rabbits like to cause a  ruckus. Lucky rabbits like to cause a ruckus. 
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Okay. These tongue twister sentences are a  little bit silly, a little bit weird. So,  
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I'd like to make it practical for you. Take a  look at this sentence. This is a sentence that you  
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might actually say in daily life. I really like  the red one, but I think I like the yellow one  
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better. This uses R sounds. Really, red, and  also L sounds. Like, yellow. Can you say that  
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sentence with me? I really like the red one, but  I think I like the yellow one better. Great work.  
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The next three tongue twisters have to do with an  S and Sh sounds. Take a look at this first one.  
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Susie works in a shoeshine shop. Where she  shines she sits, and where she sits she shines.  
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This one has so much potential for saying a  bad word. So, let's practice the S and the Sh. 
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Susie sits, or we could say shoeshine. When you're  trying to get a baby to fall asleep, you say,  
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shh, shhh, go to sleep. It's the exact  same sound on that we're working on. So,  
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I'd like to say this tongue twister one more time,  and you can repeat it with me, and we'll go on to  
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the other two in this category. Are you ready?  Get those muscles ready. Let's say it together.  
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Susie works in a shoeshine shop. Where she  shines, she sits, and where she sits, she shines.  
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Great work. All right, let's go to the other two  that include an S and Sh sound. So, this is the  
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sushi chef. OH, this seems so short, but it's  so tricky. Can you say it out loud with me? So,  
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this is the sushi chef. Sushi chef. Sushi chef.  So this is the sushi chef. Okay. Let's say the  
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last one. We surely shall see the sunshine soon. Oh, my mouth is feeling it. Let's say it together.  
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We surely shall see the sunshine soon. We  surely shall see the sunshine soon. We surely  
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shall see the sunshine soon. Let's let's make  it practical. Let's take away all the silliness,  
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and just make a sentence that you might say  in daily life. How about this? She's sitting  
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on a seashell-shaped sofa. Okay. A seashell-  shaped sofa is a little tricky to say,  
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but it could be something you say in daily  life. Can you say it with me? She's sitting  
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on a seashell-shaped sofa. Great work. The next  three tongue twisters have a W, R and L sound. So,  
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we already talked about R and L, but when we add  W, it's another level. Let's take a look at the  
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first tongue twister, and then we'll talk about  it a bit. Wayne went to Wales to watch walruses. 
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Wayne went to Wales to watch walruses. Did you  see my tongue come out when I said walruses?  
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Walruses. So, here we are going from an L to  an R sound, and this word starts with a W.  
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Make sure that when you say the W, Wooh, your  lips are puckered, kind of like a kissy face.  
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Wayne went to Wales. Beautiful. Ooh.  Can you say the sentence with me?  
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I believe you can. Let's say it together. Wayne  went to Wales to watch walruses. Okay. Let's go  
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onto the other two that have a W, an R, and an  L. Here it goes. This one is very tricky for me.  
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Lesser leather never weathered wetter  weather better. Oh my goodness.  
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So, this is a talking about low quality-leather,  doesn't do well in the rain. It's going to  
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disintegrate and not do well, but of course  it has to be said in a very tricky way. 
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So, let's try to say this sentence  together. Are you ready? Let's go,  
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lesser leather never weathered wetter weather  better. Oh, you did it. The last W, R,  
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L tongue twister, whether the weather  is warm, whether the weather is hot,  
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we have to put up with the weather, whether we  like it or not. I love this. It's a little rhyme  
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too. Can you say this out loud with me? Let's try  it one more time. Whether the weather is warm,  
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whether the weather is hot, we have to put up  with the weather, whether we like it or not.  
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Okay, let's make this practical. Can you say this  sentence with me? I would really like to take the  
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red wagon on a walk. One more time. I would really  to take the red wagon on a walk. Great work. Let's  
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go to the next ones. The next two tongue twisters  have a lot of different vowels in them, and vowels  
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are extremely tricky for English learners, because  they're all different in all different languages. 
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So, take a look at this first tongue twister  and listen and carefully. The great Greek grape  
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growers grow great Greek grapes. So, here we have  A, E, A, O. We have a lot of vows going on here.  
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I want you to listen carefully,  and while we say this together,  
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I think a good way to practice vowels is to really  move your mouth. I know some people, depending on  
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your native language or your personality, feel  maybe a little sensitive about this. You want to  
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keep your mouth quiet and closed, but when  you want to pronounce vowels accurately,  
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you need to not be afraid to move your mouth  wide and tall. So, let's try to exaggerate a  
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little bit, and try to say this silly tongue  twister with beautiful vowels. Are you ready? 
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Say it with me. The great Greek grape growers  grow great Greek grapes. Do you see how much  
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my mouth is moving? It's like, it's gone  to the gym. It's working out really hard.  
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Let's say one more sentence that includes  a lot of different vowels. The next one is  
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very silly. I'd like you to listen to me say  it, and then we'll try to say it together.  
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Many and anemone sees an enemy anemone. An anemone  is a type of plant, animal that lives in a coral  
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reef. It's a little bit of a tricky word to  say, but we're going to try to say it together,  
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and especially with these vows, I want you to  enunciate very exaggerated and very clearly.  
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Follow my mouth and try to say it at  the same time. Let's go. Many an anemone  
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sees an enemy anemone. One more time, a little  faster. Many in the anemone sees an enemy anemone. 
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Okay. Are you ready to make this practical? Let's  do it. Let's say this sentence together. Can you  
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tell me why the cake is green? Why is there a  green cake? Maybe he likes green for his birthday.  
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Well, here in the sentence, we have a lot  of different vowels, but they're not just  
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tricky vows. They are normal vows for  daily life. So, let's say it again.  
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Can you tell me why the cake is green? Let me  know. The next two tongue twisters include a sound  
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beloved to by many English learners. It is Th. Are  you ready? Listen for the first tongue twister.  
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The three thousand thieves thought  they took the throne this Thursday,  
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look at my tongue when I say three thousand  thieves. My tongue is between my teeth  
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and there is a stream of air. This is essential  for saying this Th sound. Three thousand thieves. 
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Can you say it with me? Let's say this tongue  twister one more time, and then we'll go on to the  
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next one. The three thousand thieves thought they  took throne this Thursday. All right. Let's go  
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onto the next Th tongue twister. Listen carefully.  I thought I threw the thirty thrushes through  
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the throng. Thrushes are birds, and a throng is  like a big group of people. So, for some reason,  
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I'm throwing 30 birds through a group of people.  Very strange, but that's a tongue twister. So,  
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let's say this sentence together, and I want you  to practice that Th with the clear stream of air  
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coming out of your mouth. Are you ready? Let's  do it. I thought I threw the thirty thrushes  
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through the throng. Can we say this really  fast? I thought I threw the thirty thrushes  
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through the throne. One more time. I thought I  threw the thirty thrushes through the throng. 
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I'm spitting a little bit. Let's make  it practical, and I want you to say  
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this sentence with me. I thought this Thursday  was through already. Through means finished. Maybe  
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you're having a really long Thursday, or you have  something exciting that's happening on Friday.  
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You might say, Ugh. I thought this Thursday was  through already, but I still have more to do.  
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I thought this Thursday was through  already. Beautiful. All right. Let's go  
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to our last pair of tongue twisters, which  might be the most difficult yet. The last  
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pair of tongue twisters includes S, K and X.  Listen carefully for this crazy tongue twister.  
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I'll explain a little bit about how to pronounce  it, and then we'll practice it together.  
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Are you ready? Drum roll. Got to prepare  myself physical and mentally for this.  
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Okay. Let's say it. The chic Sikh's sixty-sixth  sheep is sick. Listen one more time. 
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The chic Sikh's sixty-sixth sheep is sick. For  me, this is tricky too. All right. So, here we  
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have the S the K and the X sound. Individually,  these can be okay. We have sss, kuh and kss,  
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which combines K and S together, and when we  put all three of these sounds in one sentence,  
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it takes it over the top. So, can you say  this with me? Let's have a little fun. Say  
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the sentence with me. The chic Sikh's sixty-sixth  sheep is sick. Probably the trickiest word here  
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is sixth. We have six, and then we add that  beautiful Th sound that we just practiced.  
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Sixth, sixth, sixth. Let's say  it all together. One more time.  
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The chic Sikh's ... if I can say it,  sorry. One more time. The chic Sikh's  
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sixty-sixth sheep is sick. Oh my goodness. Let's  move on from that one, and go to the next one.  
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Listen, carefully. Six sick hicks nick  six slick bricks with picks and sticks. 
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Oh my goodness. Here, we're talking about six  people who are banging bricks and chipping off or  
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breaking little pieces with picks and sticks. The  meaning doesn't matter so much, as how crazy this  
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is to say. So, are you ready for this ultimate  challenge? Let's say together a couple times,  
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if I can do it. Let's try it. Six sick hicks  nick six slick bricks with picks and sticks. One  
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more time. This is the final challenge. Six sick  hicks nick six slick bricks with picks and sticks.  
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Ooh. We made it. Okay. Let's make it practical,  and try to say this sentence with me. I asked her  
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for six stacks of cake, but she gave me 16 cakes  instead. Can you say it again with me? I asked her  
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for six stacks of cake, but she gave me 16 cakes  instead. All right. You made it. Congratulations,  
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and I think I want to say that to myself too. Congratulations, Vanessa. You did it. You  
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finished all these tongue twisters. So, now I have  a question for you. Let me know in the comments,  
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which one of these tongue twisters  was the most difficult for you. If  
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the tongue twister was difficult for you,  I challenge you to go back and practice it,  
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and especially practice the practical sentence,  because this is what you are more likely to use  
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in daily life, and it just makes pronunciation  fun. So, don't forget to download the free PDF  
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worksheet for today's lesson, with all of these  tongue twisters, pronunciation tips, and you can  
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answer Vanessa's challenge question at the bottom  of the worksheet, so that you never forget what  
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you've learned, and you can have a good laugh. Well, thank you so much for learning English with  
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me, and I'll see you again next Friday for a new  lesson here on my YouTube channel. Bye. The next  
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step is to download the free PDF worksheet for  this lesson. With this free PDF, you will master  
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today's lesson, and never forget what you have  learned. You can be a confident English speaker.  
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Don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel  for a free English lesson every Friday. Bye.
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