“The thirty-three thieves thought that they thrilled the throne throughout Thursday.” “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. How many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?” Looks familiar? Does it trigger your childhood memory of reciting English tongue twisters? Actually, we can find the same kind of tongue twister in every language, and Chinese is no exception. The idea is to gain fluency and to be able to differentiate the sounds by reading the tongue twisters, which proves to be helpful for beginners.
At the beginner stage, these groups of initials and finals are found more difficult to pronounce than the others: s – sh, j – q – x, an – ian – uan, etc. And let’s not forget the ultimate challenge for foreign learners: tones. The Chinese tongue twisters in this lesson can be very helpful for both adults and young children who want to learn Mandarin Chinese and practice good enunciation in the beginning stages of studying Chinese.
1. s – sh:
Sān shān yì sì shuǐ, sì shuǐ rào sān shān, sān shān sì shuǐ chūn cháng zài, sì shuǐ sān shān sì shí chūn.
2. ‘ s – sh ’ + tones:
shí shī sì qián yǒu sì shí sì gè shí shī zi, sì qián shù shàng jié le sì shí sì gè sè shì zǐ, sì shí sì gè shí shī zǐ bú chī sì shí sì gè sè shì zi, sì shí sì ge sè shì zi dào chī sì shí sì gè shí shī zǐ 。
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