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

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This my shot at a popular tongue twister, with a little twist in it.

Have I made any mistakes in pronunciation? How could I improve?
 

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Very good. I'd aspirate the /wh/, but that's not done in most dialects. It would add another challenge.
 

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Very good. I'd aspirate the /wh/, but that's not done in most dialects. It would add another challenge.
Like this?

After a dozen of takes, that's the fastest I can go.
 

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Oops! I had my mic set to 30%.

This should be loud enough.
 

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You successfully aspirated the second /hw/. This is something you can work on for fun. Given that most native speakers don't aspirate "wh", it's obviously not at all necessary for comprehensibity.
 

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You successfully aspirated the second /hw/. This is something you can work on for fun. Given that most native speakers don't aspirate "wh", it's obviously not at all necessary for comprehensibity.
I just wanted to accept your challenge. ;-) I'll come back with an even more difficult tongue twister.
 

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I may be the only American who can recite "Chrząszcz".
 
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I may be the only American who can recite "Chrząszcz".
This may well be true. All the szczs are a breeze compared to fthss, though. Or maybe I'm just biased because I was born with it.

Here's my attempt at "Six, three fifths, and a sixth make six point seven six six six repeating".
 
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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.
 

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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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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. :)
 

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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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I'll see about making the recording. No promises!
 

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

A plump and pleasant peasant mother pheasant feather plucker.
 

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

A plump and pleasant peasant mother pheasant feather plucker.

If anyone wants to see the full version, it's HERE.
 

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"Plucker" sounded like plugger.
 

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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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