Richard-Business Eng
Professional Teacher
Audio Recording Challenge - Tongue Twisters - Alliteration Part 2 of 2

Alliteration Defined:

Alliteration is a poetic technique in which the first consonant sounds of words are repeated in close succession (close together in a phrase or sentence).
To put it more simply: alliteration is when the beginning sounds of words repeat. The sound is usually a consonant and the words don’t have to always be right next to one another.

One of the fun features of alliteration is when it becomes a tongue twister.




1... Read the following sentences to yourself once (only once)

2... Record your audio reading of the sentences once (only once, including any mistakes)

3... If necessary, learn how to record your voice at:

4... Post you recording

5... Enjoy, laugh and learn
.... [NOTE: sometimes laughing at ourselves helps us overcome our fear of speaking]



Part 2 of 2 - Tongue Twisters


1... A good cook could cook as many cookies as a good cook, who could cook cookies, could cook.

2... A black bug bit a big black bear. But where is the big black bear that the big black bug bit?


3... A big bug bit the little beetle but the little beetle bit the big bug back.


4... How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck would chuck wood? A woodchuck would chuck all the wood he could chuck, if a woodchuck would chuck wood.


Now ... the most difficult tongue twister:


5... Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?





Jan 24, 2016 4:13 PM
Comments · 36

Richard, finally I'm recording for one of your interesting discussions, Yippeeee :D


January 24, 2016

Native U.S. speaker, grew up near New York City, have lived since the 1970s near Boston.

One caution to English learners regarding "tongue twisters." With at least some tongue twisters, the point is that the result of may making a mistake is to make you say a "bad word." I wouldn't worry about it--the words are not usually very bad and it is sort of a game--but you make a mistake and the people listening to you are laughing a lot, that could be the explanation.

For example, when you say the tongue twister, "Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers," it is very easy to say "pickled peckers" instead of "picked peppers." Consult and check meaning #2. 

In my opinion the best of all tongue twisters is the simplest: try to say "Toy boat" ten times, quickly.

January 25, 2016

A great idea Richard.


Here's my recording, I have to admit that it was my second attempt because I got very badly mixed up with black bears, bittle leatles, and bag bucks :)


4 and 5 aren't too difficult for me as I know them quite well.



January 24, 2016


That was excellent.

I'm glad you found it enjoyable and even funny.

I never intended this discussion and challenge to be taken too seriously.

Laughing at our own mistakes (assuming they are not serious mistakes) gives us a good attitude towards improving ourselves.


Here are two quotes about making mistakes and laughing at our mistakes:

- We often learn more from our failures than from our successes.

- You don’t stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.


Thank you Dan for being brave and sharing your recording with us.... well done Dan!

January 25, 2016

Hi all!

This was fun. I was really confused with it. I guess that's the idea behind it. I was almost laughing near the end.

I wasn't sure about a few words there, but I did anyway. Please let me know your opinion.

January 25, 2016
Show more