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Killer tongue twisters

 
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colinsz1
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Location: Waukesha, WI. USA

PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 8:37 pm    Post subject: Killer tongue twisters Reply with quote

I just discovered some of the hardest tongue twisters I've seen. They are on a site for a Voice Studio in California run by a guy named David Gordon. Maybe these will be of some help if you've run out of tongue twister warm ups.


http://www.spiritsound.com/twisters.html
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Foog
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Joined: 27 Oct 2013
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Location: Upper Canuckistan

PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2014 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm kinda partial to this one:

I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit;
and on the slitted sheet I sit.



But for sheer ARRRRRGGHHHHH factor, you can't beat this:

Irish wrist watch.
Irish wrist watch.
Irish wrist watch.
Irish wrist watch.
Irish wrist watch.
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chrisvoco
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Joined: 14 Mar 2014
Posts: 360
Location: Sitting At Steinway # 76111

PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2014 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

...Iris did *what*?!
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Chris Vou....r...uh, I forget.

This is the block of text that gets added to posts I make. It is within the 255 character limit.
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Scott Pollak
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Joined: 01 Jun 2010
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Location: Looking out at the San Juan mountains

PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2014 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those of us who do live theatre (I do 1-2 shows each year) are well aware of the many enunciation exercises out there. One of my personal favs is:

The big black bug bled black blood.

And...
This one isn't so much a tongue-twister, but still fun:

What a to-do to die today at a minute or two to two,
a thing distinctly hard to say but harder still to do.
for they'll beat a tattoo at a quarter to two:
a rat-ta tat-tat ta tat-tat ta to-to.
and the dragon will come when he hears the drum
at a minute or two to two today, at a minute or two to two
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Clients include Pandora, NPR Atlanta, Wells Fargo, Cisco, Humana, Publix, UPS, AT&T, HP, Xerox and more.

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Kim Fuller
Backstage Pass


Joined: 29 Jan 2011
Posts: 437
Location: Portlandish, Oregon

PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2014 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Theophilus Thistle, the successful thistle sifter,
in sifting a sieve of unsifted thistles
thrust three thousand thistles through the thick of his thumb

See that thou,
In sifting a sieve of unsifted thistles
Thrust not three thousand thistles through the thick of THY thumb

Success, to the successful thistle sifter!

* I suspect this is what caused my over-enunciation difficulties.
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DeadDillo
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Location: Austin, Texas

PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been partial to the one Yuri and Tara posted recently from "The Mikado"

To sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock,
In a pestilential prison with a life-long lock
Awaiting the sensation of a short, sharp shock
From a cheap and chippy chopper on a big, black block.
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DeadDillo
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Location: Austin, Texas

PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And no discussion about tongue twisters would be complete without the skills of Maurice Lamarche and Rob Paulsen from their Pinky and the Brain episode:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIu4fP4fOHE

Apologies to the third voice in this video who I am not familiar with.
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Don G.
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Location: MA

PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I still nearly break my tongue whenever I attempt this one three times fast:

"The sixth sick shiek's sixth sheep's sick"
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iannyc
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Joined: 04 Oct 2016
Posts: 189
Location: Brooklyn, NYC

PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love to do a rap from Wu-Tang in a perfect standard american as fast as possible

I bomb atomically
Socrates philosophies and hypotheseses
Cant define how I be dropping these mockeries
Lyrically perform armed robbery
Flee with the lottery
Possibly they spotted me!
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