Thursday, August 9, 2018

A Flea And A Fly

Many of my students have pronunciation issues with English.  Two big ones are the R-L confusion and the English "F" sound.  Here is something I use to practice with them.  

A flea and a fly flew up a flue,  

Said the flea, "Let us fly", 

Said the fly, "Let us flee, 

So they flew through a flaw in the flue. 

This is also a good way to talk about words that sound alike but have different meanings and spellings.  

How are you with tongue twisters?


  1. The names Kelly and Carrie have cause some confusion from time to time, resulting is a conversation that sounds a bit like the old "Who's On First" routine ; ). More of a brain twister than a tongue twister, though.

  2. Not good here, I have a Japanese friend here and she has the same problem with those letters.

  3. My two year old grandson, who chatters up a storm, has the funniest/cutest way with words.
    You should hear him say, Mrs. Tiggywinkle.
    I'm teaching him Little Diddle Dumpling, a little bit of a tongue twister. Fun with words.

  4. Hi Pamela its a real tongue twister for me,a good way for them to learn xx

  5. Wow that is indeed a tongue twister, Pamela!
    I have heard it said many times that English is one of the hardest languages to learn as a 2nd language... I'm sure you're doing wonderfully with your students/

  6. I'm not great with them but I'm going to try to remember this one1

  7. I didn't know that one - it's cute :) I like tongue twisters, but I don't think I'm very good with them.