PEARTREE LIFE: Experiencing Languages

Which is the most difficult sound in English?

Well, speakers of different languages will normally struggle with different sounds, so the answer should be: ‘a sound that you don’t have in your own language`!

Take for example speakers who have Arabic as their first language: they might easily say words like ‘thin’ or ‘thick’ (with the sound /θ/, which is a common sound in their language), but would find it hard to say words like ‘pen’ or ‘pin’, which have sounds that are not familiar to different Arabic dialects (/p/, /e/, /ɪ/).

Tongue twisters are a great and fun way to practise these sounds and, also, English rhythm!

Last week, in English for Lunch, we developed and practised some online tongue twisters based on the sounds our students found the most difficult for them. Have a look below and let us know which ones are the hardest for you to say!

/θ/ - Portuguese, French, Italian, German, Japanese, Chinese and Korean speakers.

The thirty-three thankful thieves thought that they thanked the other thirty-three thankful thieves throughout Thursday. 

/r/ and /l/ - Japanese, Chinese and Korean speakers

Jerry's jelly berries taste really rare 

/p/ - Arabic speakers

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. 

/b/ and /v/ - Spanish speakers

Betty loves the velvet vest best. 

Join us this Thursday for more speaking practice! See you then!
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