Diction Exercises

Voice and diction exercises can help you speak clearly and be a better communicator. Tongue twisters are excellent exercises that can help you develop the muscles involved in speech. Practice saying tongue twisters slowly, then speed up gradually. Practice and soon you will be able to pronounce the words clearly at a normal rate of speech.

Consonant Tongue Twisters Exercise

Twisters with “t” and “th”

Those toes aren’t these toes. These teas aren’t those teas. This tike ties threads together twice. That tike ties together three threads. Those threads the two tikes tied are tight. Twist twice to tie tightly. Thirty tee-shirts are tan, and thirteen tee-shirts are tie-dyed teal green. The teal tee-shirts total thirteen, the tan tee-shirts total thirty.

Twisters with “r” and “l”

The rickety ladder rattled right and left before it crashed through the glass. Rotten lettuce really reeks. Loose, leafy lettuce reminds me of really pretty, green trees. Real lemon, real lime, which would you pick every time? Ribbons rolled, ribbons loose, hair untied, what’s your excuse? Tip and tap, rip and rap, lip and lap. Tip, rip, lip, tap, rap, lap.

Twisters with “s” and “sh”

She’s so sick, and she’s so sore, I wish her well forevermore. A shout from the south woke the sleeping sherriff. Something sure is fishy in this city. Silver slivers shimmer softly in the sunlight.

General Consonant Tongue Twisters Exercise

  • High roller, low roller, lower roller.
  • I need a box of biscuits, a box of mixed biscuits, and a biscuit mixer.
  • 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?
  • He thrusts his fists against the posts and still insists he sees the ghosts.
  • Friday’s Five Fresh Fish Specials.
  • Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.
  • The Leith police dismisseth us.
  • Twixt this and six thick thistle sticks.
  • Red leather, yellow leather.
  • She sells seashells by the seashore, and the shells she sells are seashells.
  • The sixth Sikh Sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick.
  • Three free thugs set three thugs free.
  • Charles deftly switched straight flange strips.
  • Gwen glowered and grimaced at Glen’s gleaming greens.

Vowel Tongue Twister Practice:

Twisters with “i” and “ee”

Bumblebees briefly buzzed beneath the bins of beans. Feeling ill or feeling well, Phil will hardly ever tell. Feeling full, Phyllis didn’t eat a bit of the beets. Treena tripped on the tree root, and really ripped her raincoat. Tins of tiny sardines filled the field. She sells slippers, sleepers, and tiny little creepers.

Vowel sounds //, /a/, //, //, /I/, //

  • Betty Botter bought some butter, but she said “This butter’s bitter.
  • “If I put it in my batter, it will make my batter bitter.”
  • So, she bought some better butter, better than the bitter butter.
  • When she put it in her batter, the butter made her batter better.

Exercises for Vowels

  • Fancy! That fascinating character Harry McCann married Anne Hammond.
  • Lot lost his hot chocolate at the loft.
  • Snoring Norris was marring the aria.

Exercises for Everything

  • Eleven benevolent elephants.
  • Girl gargoyle, guy gargoyle.
  • She stood on the balcony inexplicably mimicking him hiccupping and amicably welcoming him in.
  • Six sick slick slim sycamore saplings.


  • You know you need unique New York.
  • Toy boat.
  • Lemon liniment.
  • Three free throws.
  • Blue black bugs blood.
  • Red lorry, yellow lorry.
  • Giggle gaggle gurgle.

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April 8, 2012 · 6:24 am

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