The purpose of Tongue Twisters is to speak the English language to perfection. The subtle changes in the spellings make the words mean different, look different, and definitely pronounced different.
“Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers……..”
“She picked sea shells on the sea shore…..”
“Bubble bobble, bubble bobble, bubble bobble”
Above are just some of the tongue twisters that kids love to say and say and say over and over again.
Tongue twisters are fun to say and sometimes the tongue gets so twisted that the mind skips and then you laugh and then you try again and again.
The point of tongue twisters is to practice the mind and the tongue to make them coordinated and to make it stretch just like a muscle, but a mental kind of muscle.
Some may say that it is all just a stupid type of learning; these comments come from those who do not understand the English language and those who are not willing to speak it well.
Purpose of Tongue Twisters
Tongue twisters are a good way to perfect the pronunciations of words, just like nursery rhymes that children have to listen to for several years. The nursery rhymes actually make the mind and the tongue stretches them to the limit, literally stretching the muscles of the tongue.
These tongue twisters were invented by some enterprising scholars and parents whose kids could not make distinctions between one word and the next because of one single letter that either changed position in the word or was changed into another.
There are even speech teachers who demand that their students get into the act of reciting the tongue twisters for an hour long speech class. They say that the end result is always the same: hard tongues soften and soft tongues harden, depending on the words.
Try to go and look for tongue twisters in books, even online, and take these down or simply print them. If you are interested in refining your tongue’s fine motor skills (so to speak), get into the habit of learning and reciting tongue twisters. Eventually, not only will your mind be able to immediately grasp differences in the subtle changes of spellings, but your tongue will follow the dictates of your brain and what will come out is a perfectly pronounced word without having to waste precious seconds to form the word right.