How to Improve Pronunciation Skills for PTE: Use Tongue Twisters!

Read this article to learn popular tongue twisters in English!
Read this article to learn popular tongue twisters in English!

Over 61 million U.S. residents speak a language other than English when they’re at home. A little over 41% of those people feel they don’t speak English well.

Students, immigrants, refugees, and C-level executives all strive for better English pronunciation. Are you prepping for the PTE (The Pearson Test of English Academic)?

Tongue twisters do wonders to improve your skills. Read on for some great tips and helpful tongue twisters.

The Pearson Test of English Academic

The Pearson Test measures English skills in listening, reading, and speaking. The test is administered via computer and lasts about three hours. The computer records your voice and sends it for grading.

The test runs around $200. You’ll get the results within about five days.

Improving Pronunciation

If English isn’t your first language, improving pronunciation is challenging. Some words are especially difficult.

The first step is immersion. Spend lots of time talking to native English speakers. The more English you hear, the better your pronunciation becomes.

It’s hard to improve if you’re not speaking the language on a daily basis. If you’re unable to speak English with native speakers, video lessons are also helpful. English is a difficult language.

Many rules of grammar aren’t intuitive. Focus on speaking more than memorizing rules and long lists of words.

Easy Tongue Twisters

Tongue twisters are groups of words alliterative in nature. The consonant sounds are variable. The sentences are difficult to repeat. Concentrating on repeating tongue twisters many times over improves your English pronunciation.

There are many tongue twisters in the English language. Here are some easy tongue twisters to get you started on improving your speaking skills:

“How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?”

“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.”

“She sells seashells by the seashore.”

Tough Tongue Twisters

After mastering the easy tongue twisters, try your hand at some harder ones:

“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’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?”

“Betty Botter bought some butter
But she said the butter’s bitter
If I put it in my batter, it will make my batter bitter
But a bit of better butter will make my batter better
So ’twas better Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter.”

“How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
He’d chuck as much wood as a woodchuck would if a woodchuck could chuck wood.”

Mastering Pronunciation

English pronunciation is challenging for non-native speakers. But don’t give up! Immerse yourself in the language by speaking with native speakers every day. Speak out loud in front of the mirror.

Improve your confidence by repeating tongue twisters. Don’t worry about making mistakes. Tongue twisters are hard for everyone. Once you master these crazy rhyming phrases, you’ll be on your way to great English pronunciation.

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English Pronunciation & Fluency Expert
Annie Ruden M.S.CCC-SLP
CEO | Accent Reduction Trainer
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