We all loved tongue twisters growing up.
As soon as you learned a new one, you rushed to school and shared it with your friends, hoping to trip them up.
A tongue twister is a very short passage where sounds or alliterations are repeated. The idea is that this repetition will twist your tongue and tie it in knots!
How can tongue twisters help grandchildren learn?
Apart from being fun, tongue twisters will help improve a child’s English vocabulary because they are difficult to pronounce and force the brain to really work hard with the tongue when repeating the word sounds clearly and over and over again.
About ESL tells us:
By changing back and forth a number of times to the different sounds, students can improve their knowledge of the specific physical movements required for that particular phoneme set. (How the words are pronounced.)
Tongue Twisters are like doing exercises. The repetition needed to pronounce the word strengthen the tongue, just like working with dumbbells strengthens the muscles. And, the tongue is a big muscle so it makes sense that the more it is worked, the better is will produce the right sounds.
As well, there is also a musicality involved with many tongue twisters, which adds to the difficulty and awkwardness of the passage.
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? He would chuck, he would, as much as he could, and chuck as much wood as a woodchuck would if a woodchuck could chuck wood.
She sells sea shells by the seashore. The shells she sells are surely seashells. So if she sells shells on the seashore, I’m sure she sells seashore shells
If you want to help your grandchildren speak better, than give tongue twisters a go. It will certainly be a lot of fun, too.