5 Benefits of practicing tongue twisters

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Tongue twisters have been an integral part of grammar and vocabulary books for a long time. The history where it began is quite interesting. Well, it started with a woman called Mary Anning who used to live in 19th Century England. She made money by selling shells to wealthy people and originated the tongue twister, " She sells seashells on the seashore", which was popularized with a song in 1908.

According to MIT researchers, the toughest tongue twister is said to be "Pad kid poured curd pulled cod". However, according to the Guinness Book of World Records the crown goes to " The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick." No matter what is the toughest tongue twister, it has been proved that they can have a significant role to improve the English vocabulary and pronunciation.

Top 5 Benefits of Practicing Tongue Twisters:

1. Helps to learn new sounds: It is said that tongue twister helps to stretch out the speech muscles and strengthen them and that in turn helps to produce different sounds clearly.

2. Helps to identify your vocabulary issues: Tongue twister is a very powerful determinant of words or sounds that we face trouble in pronouncing. We can improve our vocabulary skills accordingly. 

3. Helps to overcome MTI: Tongue twisters constitute a considerable part of any Spoken English course curriculum. Practicing tongue twister can make you overcome Mother tongue influence effectively.

4. Helps to warm up a speech: It is often seen that good orators practice tongue twisters before taking on to the stage. It is said to warm up their speaking ability.

5. Helps to eradicate boredom: During a somewhat dull lecture, whenever a tongue twister is spoken out, it is said to cheer up the environment and students get more interested in the lecture.

So, this is all about tongue twisters and their benefits. Do you have any favourite one? You can share some with me in the comments section.


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