Compiled by Thembi Zikalala
Actors NEED to cultivate good habits that will center the body and mind before walking into an audition room. Exercising your mouth with difficult tongue twisters keeps your mouth fit for purpose, as they truly warm up your facial muscles to speak clearly.
The main benefits of Tongue Twisters:
- Helps the actor master the skill of articulation.
- The recitation and repetition of tongue twisters assist in harnessing nervous energy into productivity.
- Stretch and strengthen the muscles in your mouth which you use to speak.
- Expose what words and sounds you have trouble with pronouncing.
How-to tongue twist ?
- Start off first by practicing the tongue twister slowly, repeat it until memorised and then begin to build up speed. Practicing tongue twisters regularly, you should notice the improvement in your pronunciation.
Tongue Twisters to PRACTICE !
- “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.”
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?
- “If a doctor doctored another doctor”
If a doctor doctored another doctor, Would the doctor doing the doctoring Doctor the other doctor In the way the doctored doctor wanted to be doctored, Or would the doctor doing the doctoring Doctor the other doctor
In his own way?
- “How much wood would a woodchuck chuck”
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck
if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
He would chuck, he would, as much as he could,
and chuck as much wood as a woodchuck would
if a woodchuck could chuck wood.
- “She sells seashells on the seashore.”
She sells seashells on the seashore.
The shells she sells are seashells, I’m sure.
And if she sells seashells on the seashore,
Then I’m sure she sells seashore shells.
- “Betty Botter bought some butter but, said she, the butter’s bitter.”
Betty Botter bought some butter but, said she, the butter’s bitter.
If I put it in my batter, it will make my batter bitter.
But a bit of better butter will make my bitter batter better.
So she bought some better butter, better than the bitter butter,
put it in her bitter batter, made her bitter batter better.
So ‘t was better Betty Botter bought some better butter.
Lastly, have fun by changing the inflection in which you recite it, this will give you an overall enjoyable mouth workout.