List of tongue-twisters in English
Or, 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 Piper Piper picked?
or: Betty bought a bit of butter, but the bit of butter Betty bought was bitter, so Betty bought a better bit of butter than the bit of butter Betty bought before.
Tongue twisters in languages other than English
translation: The caricaturist caricaturates caracteristic caricatures
translation: The cup with a lid the cup without a lid
translation: The hen of Lleshi laid an egg in a wool basket
(known as 急口令)
translation: The drunken soldier stopped and listened.
translation: Fu's wife carried her husband to the rich man's mansion.
(known as 繞口令)
The following is a famous tongue twister found in ancient Chinese literature. It is a short story written exclusively with various tones of two similar sounding syllables (shi and si).
translation: Xi Shi (a famous woman) died at age 44.
Shi2shi4 shi4 shi1 shi4, shi4, shi4 si4 shi2. Shi4 shi4. Shi2, shi2 shi4. Shi4, shi1 shi4 shi4 shi4. Shi4 shi2, shi4 shi3, shi3 shi4 shi2 shi4shi4. Shi4 shi2 shi4 shi2, shi2shi4. Si4, shi3 shi2 shi2 shi2. Shi4 shi4.
Translation: Stick a finger through your throat.
Note that this sentence has no vowels!
Translation: The coachman cleans the stagecoach with stagecoach cleaner.
Translation: The cat scratches the woodcurls of the stairs with three dry cloths
Translation: the clever barber cut s hair well, but the clever helper of the clever barber cuts hair more clever that the clever barber cuts it.
Translation: Baker's ginger biscuit.
Translation: Black cow's tale behind a white cow, white cow's tale behind a black cow.
Translation: The wheel on the road rolls; the road under the wheel stays.
Translation: A hunter who knows how to hunt without his dog is a good hunter.
Translation: Pope Pius's dad's pipe stinks.
Translation: If these sausages are good, these sausages here are also good.
Translation: The rattlesnakes rattled until their rattles began to sound exhausted.
Translation: The Fishers' boy Fritz is fishing for fresh fish.
Translation: bride's dress remains bride's dress, and blue herb remains blue herb.
Translation: The driver of the Potsdam stage coach cleans the case of the Potsdam stage coach.
Translation: At the Potsdam boxing club, the boss of the Potsdam post bus is boxing. (Almost works in English too.)
Translation: The barrel of wine that Mrs. Weber emptied ruined her liver count.
Translation: The whiskey mixer (barman) mixes whiskey with the whiskey mixer (device). (The fun here lies in the most probable mistake: wichsen is a vulgar German term for "to masturbate".)
Translation: In a dense thicket of spruces, thick spruces take a big nap. (Most probable mistake: German ficken means "to fuck").
Translation (High German): Ein Marmeladeneimerchen haben wir daheim auch.
Translation (English): A marmelade can, we have at home, too.
Translation: Five Turks are massaging five Greeks amid everlasting delights.
Translation: Cooked lentil wafer, raw lentil wafer.
Translation: Come on, drop your sadness into the depth of a bottle.
Translation: The archbishop of Constantinople does not want to be the archbishop of Constantinople, and the archbishop who un-archbishop-of-Constantinople-izes him will be a good un-archbishop-of-Constantinople-ifier.
Translation: Three sad tigers eat wheat in a wheat field.
Translation: Six salmons in a salmon-box.
Translation: Pack daddy's suitcase.
Translation: On top of a hill a willow swings.
Translation: White goat kid started to bark.
Translation: Have they yet this opanci (kind of shoes) of yours unacidified to you?
Translation: A turk brat rolls a barrel, a turk damsel pushes a barrel. Turk brat faster rolls a barrel then turk damsel pushes a barrel.
Translation: Up there woods burn worse. (Each word is said with different tone, and that is tongue-twister. Further, as Serbian language has flexible word order, there are 24 combinations of the tones, each having different emphasis. It is not easy to say all 24 combinations one after the other.)
Translation: Supplied (This is actually not a tongue-twister for speakers of Serbian and similar languages, but is for speakers of languages which don't have words with as much as six consonants together).