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There is wind where the rose was,
Cold rain where sweet grass was,
And clouds like sheep
Stream o'er the steep
Grey skies where the lark was.

Nought warm where your hand was,
Nought gold where your hair was,
But phantom, forlorn,
Beneath the thorn,
Your ghost where your face was.

Cold wind where your voice was,
Tears, tears where my heart was,
And ever with me,
Child, ever with me,
Silence where hope was.

November by Walter de la Mare
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Hardest tongue twister ever?

pryfllwydpryfllwyd The AnthropocenePosts: 1,405
edited December 2013 in Fun with words
It doesn't make sense as such, but this has been reported as the hardest tongue twister ever.
Pad kid poured curd pulled cold
What do you think? - try saying it out loud 10 times -- once is kind of OK but 10 times hurts

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/can-you-conquer-the-hardest-tongue-twister-ever-created-8985550.html
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  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,581 mod
    It seems easy to me, but maybe I'll add it to the tongue twister section and let other people decide.

    Maybe it's tougher for Americans. :p
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 28,063 mod
    It doesn't seem too difficult. Maybe it's hard very fast and after a glass of wine.
  • pryfllwydpryfllwyd The AnthropocenePosts: 1,405
    I agree with @Lynne it must be the Americans who find it hard
  • amatsuscribbleramatsuscribbler Posts: 2,223 mod
    It doesn't make sense!
  • pryfllwydpryfllwyd The AnthropocenePosts: 1,405
    its a tongue twister not an essay @amatsuscribbler
  • pryfllwydpryfllwyd The AnthropocenePosts: 1,405
    @amastuscribbler - are you implying that tongue twisters should make sense ?
    what about this
    Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers;
    A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked;
    If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
    Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?


    or maybe this
    How much wood could a woodchuck chuck
    If a woodchuck could chuck wood?
    As much wood as a woodchuck could chuck,
    If a woodchuck could chuck wood.


    methinks not sense much make they
    ~O)
  • It was hard to me!!!
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,581 mod
    Which one was hard for you Radio?

    You can listen to and practise saying the Peter Piper one here:-

    http://www.learnenglish.de/pronunciation/tonguetwisters_peterpiper.html
  • SaraSara Posts: 293 ✭✭✭
    She sell sea shells on the sea shore
  • HermineHermine Moderator Posts: 6,655 mod
    @Sara - shouldn`t it be that way?
    She sells sea shells on the sea shore.
  • SaraSara Posts: 293 ✭✭✭
    Yes, @Hermine. Thanks for the correction. I'm also struggling with country, contrary, contrary. @Lynne phrased me a three word sentence, but I lost it. I'm finding it quite hard to diffrentiate the sound between contrary and contrary.
  • SLBSLB Posts: 1,289 ✭✭✭✭
    The first one isn't hard. The Peter Petter and subsequent ones look more like tongue twisters.
    @Sara‌ the difference between contrary and contrary?
  • SLBSLB Posts: 1,289 ✭✭✭✭
    ohhh!
    Thanks Lynne!
  • [Ex Member][Ex Member] Posts: 0
    I love tongue twisters. The first one was alright..the next ones were alright too. Took me a while to master She sells. Here's one that I am currently practicing:

    That bloke's back bike brake-block broke.

    My mind's thinking of another word while my mouth is saying something else.
  • zapppsrzapppsr Posts: 231 ✭✭✭
    Have anyone tried and asked Siri iPhone assistant the Woodchuck question?
    She answers it!!
  • zapppsrzapppsr Posts: 231 ✭✭✭
    I slit the sheet,
    The sheet I slit
    and on the slitted sheet I sit.

    Be careful with this one.
  • pryfllwydpryfllwyd The AnthropocenePosts: 1,405
    indeed @zapppsr‌

    I'm not the pheasant plucker
    I'm the pheasant plucker's mate
    and I'm only plucking pheasants
    cos the pheasant plucker's late
  • DoraDora Posts: 3,264 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2014
    It is easy.I tried it as instructed :)

    @pryfllwyd It doesn't make sense as such, but this has been reported as the hardest tongue twister ever.
    Pad kid poured curd pulled cold
    What do you think? - try saying it out loud 10 times -- once is kind of OK but 10 times hurts.
  • DoraDora Posts: 3,264 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2014
    Not so difficult. :\

    @Sara said:
    She sell sea shells on the sea shore
  • DoraDora Posts: 3,264 ✭✭✭✭
    Try this:
    Six thick thistles stick.

    By Lynne's collection.
  • DoraDora Posts: 3,264 ✭✭✭✭
    Try this:
    Six thick thistles stick.

    By Lynne's collection.
  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 6,061 mod
    I found these ones:

    For beginners:
    Three witches watch three swatch watches. Which witch watches which Swatch watch?

    For intermediate:
    Three switched witches watch three Swatch watch switches. Which Switched witch watch which Swatch watch switch?

    For advanced:
    Three swiss witch-bitches, which wished to be switched swiss witch-bitches, wish to watch three swiss Swatch watch switches. Which swiss witch-bitch which wishes to be a switched swiss witch-bitch, wishes to watch which swiss Swatch watch switch?
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