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Mastering the tongue-twister

Have you tried tongue-twisters? A tongue-twister is a phrase that is deliberately designed to be difficult to say. Especially, at speed!  These can be a lot of fun in small groups or even when practicing them alone. Some tongue-twisters are designed to produce results that are amusing when mispronounced. Others simply rely on creating confusion when mistakes are made. The idea of the tongue twister may have originated from the art of alliteration. An 'alliteration' as wikipedia puts it, is the conspicuous repetition of identical initial consonant sounds in successive or closely associated syllables within a group of words. For example, Black bug bit a big black bear. Over the years, tongue-twisters seem to have been offered up for everything from curing hiccoughs to testing the fit of dentures. More recently researchers into neuroscience have also used them to monitor brain functions.

Speaking better English - More Tips on Speaking more fluently

Don't be afraid of making mistakes. We all make mistakes. Look at what you want to do and that is to speak better English. The key is to Practise. This is where the articulate app is incredibly useful. You can choose a book and then read it out loud. The Book has chosen the vocabulary for you so you don't need to wonder what to say, but instead practise getting the sound just right., so that others can understand you clearly. Listen carefully to what other people say. Watch the news, especially using the subtitles. Listen to as many different people as you can. How do they talk? Practise, Practise and Practise. The articulate app allows you to practise as much as you want and doesn't put you down.  Celebrate your successes. When you get what you said just right then give yourself a reward. Each time you get something right you are one step closer to speaking better English. Be proud of yourself and use this success to spur you on to improve once more. Many people sa