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    Re: I'd like to know which witch watches the watch with a witch

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Here's my favourite childhood tongue twister:

    Theo Thistler is a thistle sifter.
    He sifted a sieve of unsifted thistles into a sieve of sifted thistles.
    Then he sifted a sieve of sifted thistles into a sieve of unsifted thistles.
    Because Theo Thistler is a thistle sifter.
    You've no idea how many takes it took...

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    Re: I'd like to know which witch watches the watch with a witch

    Quote Originally Posted by Glizdka View Post
    You've no idea how many takes it took...
    I am very impressed!!!!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I'd like to know which witch watches the watch with a witch

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    I may be the only American who can recite "Chrząszcz".
    The first line, "W Szczebrzeszynie chrząszcz brzmi w trzcinie", has 39 letters. Only eight of them are vowels. If you have any spare vowels, think about donating them to Poland. You'll receive undying gratitude from a consonant-oppressed nation.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: I'd like to know which witch watches the watch with a witch

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    The first line, "W Szczebrzeszynie chrząszcz brzmi w trzcinie", has 39 letters. Only eight of them are vowels. If you have any spare vowels, think about donating them to Poland. You'll receive undying gratitude from a consonant-oppressed nation.
    It's say it's mostly just Polish orthography. Words look overcrowded with consonants, but it's only because of how we spell them. In speech, I'd say the consonant-vowel ratio in Polish is about the same as in English.

    It's similar to why strength looks like a much longer word than the one-syllable word it is, and idea looks like a much shorter word than the three-syllable word it is. It's just orthography.

    I don't know if it's asking too much (it's a forum about English), but is there a chance you could record yourself reciting Chrząszcz? It's not the first time you've said you can do it, and now I'm genuinely curious.


    Do you have other recommendations for tongue twisters that I could challenge myself with? I've tried Betty Botter, but my flap t, /ʌ/, and /ɑ/ aren't quite there yet.

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    Re: I'd like to know which witch watches the watch with a witch

    I'll see about making the recording. No promises!
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    Re: I'd like to know which witch watches the watch with a witch

    This short one almost inevitably leads to some unintentional profanity. I stopped using it in my classes for that very reason.

    A plump and pleasant peasant mother pheasant feather plucker.
    Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

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    Re: I'd like to know which witch watches the watch with a witch

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    This short one almost inevitably leads to some unintentional profanity. I stopped using it in my classes for that very reason.

    A plump and pleasant peasant mother pheasant feather plucker.
    If anyone wants to see the full version, it's HERE.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I'd like to know which witch watches the watch with a witch

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    A plump and pleasant peasant mother pheasant feather plucker.
    Is this correct?

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    Re: I'd like to know which witch watches the watch with a witch

    "Plucker" sounded like plugger.
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    Re: I'd like to know which witch watches the watch with a witch

    Here are some of my faves:

    You know New York, you need New York, you know you need unique New York
    The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick
    He threw three free throws
    Eddie edited it
    flash message (say it three times in quick succession)

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