Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Best Tongue Twisters for the IELTS Speaking Exam

Speaking is one of the sub-tests in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) that requires preparation from all the candidates. The IELTS Speaking examination requires the candidate to sit on a one-on-one interview as an evaluation. Most Filipinos are good English speakers; however, they lack the confidence when speaking in front of a native English speaker. Thus, a lot of Filipinos take time to practice speaking English not only to improve their confidence in using the language but also develop their English skills.

There are lots of activities that one can do to be more comfortable in speaking the English language. One of these many ways is doing tongue twisters. Tongue twisters are phrases or sentences in the English language that are created to be difficult properly. They are a good practice in one’s pronunciation, stress, and even enunciation when speaking. Tongue twisters are fun and probably one of the best ways to improve one’s clarity when speaking.

To help you with your preparation for the IELTS test, here are some of the best tongue twisters in the English language.

1. I saw Susie sitting in a shoe shine shop.
       Where she sits she shines, and where she shines she sits.

2. 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?

3. Denise sees the fleece,
        Denise sees the fleas.
        At least Denise could sneeze
        and feed and freeze the fleas.

4. Something in a thirty-acre thermal thicket of thorns and thistles thumped and thundered                       threatening the three-D thoughts of Matthew the thug - although, theatrically, it was only the               thirteen-thousand thistles and thorns through the underneath of his thigh that the thirty year old           thug thought of that morning.

5. There was a fisherman named Fisher
        who fished for some fish in a fissure.
        Till a fish with a grin,
        pulled the fisherman in.
        Now they're fishing the fissure for Fisher.

6. If Pickford's packers packed a packet of crisps would the packet of crisps that Pickford's packers         packed survive for two and a half years?

7. How much wood could Chuck Woods' woodchuck chuck, if Chuck Woods' woodchuck could             and would chuck wood? If Chuck Woods' woodchuck could and would chuck wood, how much         wood could and would Chuck Woods' woodchuck chuck? Chuck Woods' woodchuck would               chuck, he would, as much as he could, and chuck as much wood as any woodchuck would, if a           woodchuck could and would chuck wood.

8. Through three cheese trees three free fleas flew.
        While these fleas flew, freezy breeze blew.
        Freezy breeze made these three trees freeze.
        Freezy trees made these trees' cheese freeze.
        That's what made these three free fleas sneeze.

Aside from tongue twisters, it is also helpful for examiners to follow these tips:

Always find an opportunity to speak the English language. 
Find a speaking partner who can help you improve English. 
Improve your vocabulary.
Enroll in an IELTS speaking workshop to improve both skill and confidence. 

With constant practice with these tips and tongue twisters, being a good English speaker is very possible. 


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