Japanese Tongue Twisters

25 Japanese Tongue Twisters to Try Out in 2022


Tongue twisters are a fun method to pick up new vocabulary. Funny words like tongue twisters, despite their difficulty, manage to get lodged in our brains extremely quickly. After a few repetitions, you’ll remember the words that make up the sentence!

Nevertheless, even mastering a couple of them can get you a long way in Japan. Tongue twisters in Japanese may be a fun method to practice your pronunciation. Learning the meanings of these tough words is also entertaining.



Here is the list of the top Japanese tongue twisters to try out:

1. 生麦生米生卵

Pronunciation: Nama-mugi nama-gome nama-tamago



2. バスガス爆発

Pronunciation: Basu gasu bakuhatsu

3. この釘はひきぬきにくい釘だ

Pronunciation: Kono kugi wa hiki nuki nikui kugi da.



4. 赤巻紙、黄巻紙、青巻紙

Pronunciation: Aka-maki-gami, ki-maki-gami, ao-maki-gami

5. なりの客はよく柿食う客だ。

Pronunciation: Tonari no kyaku wa yoku kaki kuu kyaku da



6. 裏庭には二羽庭には二羽鶏がいる。

Pronunciation: Uraniwa ni wa niwa, niwa ni wa niwa niwatori ga iru.

7. ブタがブタをぶったのでぶたれたブタがぶったブタをぶった。

Pronunciation: Buta ga buta o butta node butareta buta ga butta buta o butta.

8. 李も桃、桃も桃、李も桃も桃のうち。

Pronunciation: Sumomo mo momo, momo mo momo, sumomo mo momo mo momo no uchi.

9. 赤あかパジャマ黄きパジャマ茶ちゃパジャマ

Pronunciation: Aka pajama ki pajama cha pajama

10. かえるぴょこぴょこみぴょこぴょこ、合あわせてぴょこぴょこむぴょこぴょこ

Pronunciation: Kaeru pyoko pyoko mi pyoko pyoko awasete pyoko pyoko mu pyoko pyoko

11. には

いました。

Pronunciation: Niwa ni wa niwatori ga niwa imashita.

12. 肩かたたたき機き

Pronunciation: Katatatakiki

13. 東京とうきょう特許とっきょ許可局きょかきょく

Pronunciation: Toukyou tokkyo kyoka kyoku

14. 摘出てきしゅつ手術しゅじゅつ

Pronunciation: Teki shutsu shujutsu

15. バナナの謎なぞはまだ謎なぞなのだぞ

Pronunciation: Banana no nazo wa mada nazo nano dazo

16. あの子こもこの子こもとも子この子こ

Pronunciation: Anoko mo konoko mo tomoko no ko

17. この寿司すしは少すこし酢すが効ききすぎた。

Pronunciation: Kono sushi wa sukoshi su ga kiki sugita.

18. にゃんこ 子こニャンコ 孫まごにゃんこ

Pronunciation: Nyanko ko nyanko mago nyanko.

19. 低所ていしょ得者とくしゃ層そう

Pronunciation: Teisho tokusha sou

20. 油あぶらアルバム

Pronunciation: Abura arubamu

21. 魔術師まじゅつし 魔術まじゅつ修業中しゅぎょうちゅう

Pronunciation: Majutsushi majutsu shugyou chuu

22. 地図帳ちずちょうでチェジュ島とう探さがし

Pronunciation: Chizu chou de che ju tou sagashi.

23. 右目みぎめ右耳みぎみみ 右耳みぎみみ右目みぎめ

Pronunciation: Migime migi mimi migi mimi migi me

24. 青巻紙赤巻紙黄巻紙

Pronunciation: Aomakigami akamakigami kimakigami

25. 竹屋の竹薮に竹立てかけたのは,竹立てかけたかったから,竹立てかけた。

Pronunciation: Take-ya no takeyabuni take tatekaketa no wa, take tatekaketakatta kara, take tatekaketa.)

In conclusion, tongue twisters are a great party trick while meeting new people. It’s a fantastic method to work on your pronunciation.

You must concentrate on the individual sounds when reading a tongue twister. I recommend practicing them gently at first and then increasing the tempo. Shorter ones should be repeated several times.



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