Russian Tongue Twisters

15 Russian Tongue Twisters for Regular Practice (2024)

A tongue-twister is arguably the most practical type of oral folklore: it has little significance and is simply good for improving pronunciation. While the English phrase seems to stress how difficult it is to pronounce, the Russian term skorogovorki (skoro – fast, govorit’ – to speak) emphasizes the rapidity with which they are meant to be said.

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

1. Карл у Клары украл кораллы, а Клара у Карла украла кларнет.

Pronunciation: Karl u Klary ukral korally, a Klara u Karla ukrala klarnet

2. Ехал Грека через реку, видит Грека – в реке рак.

Pronunciation: Yekhal Greka cherez reku, vidit Greka – v reke rak

3. Шла Саша по шоссе и сосала сушку.

Pronunciation: Shla Sasha po shosseh i sosala sushku

4. Корабли лавировали, лавировали, да не вылавировали.

Pronunciation: Korabli lavirovali, lavirovali, da ne vylavirovali

5. Во дворе трава, на траве дрова.

Pronunciation: Vo dvore trava, na trave drova

6. Все скороговорки не перевыскороговоришь.

Pronunciation: Vse skorogovorki ne perevyskorogovorish

7. Сшит колпак, да не по-колпаковски, вылит колокол, да не по-колоколовски. Надо колпак переколпаковать, перевыколпаковать. Надо колокол переколоколовать, перевыколоколовать.

Pronunciation: SSHEET kal-PAK, da nee pa-kal-pa-KO-fskee,Vi-leet KO-la-kal, da nee pa-ka-la-ka-LO-fski.NA-da kal-PAK pye-rye-kal-pa-ka-VAT’, pye-rye-VI-kal-pa-ka-vat’.NA-da KO-la-kal pye-rye-ka-la-ka-VAT’, pye-rye-VEE-ka-la-ka-vat’

8. Кукушка кукушонку сшила капюшон. Примерил кукушонок капюшон.Как в капюшоне он смешон

Pronunciation: koo-KOOSH-ka koo-koo-SHON-koo sshee-la ka-pyoo-SHON.pri-MYE-ril koo-koo-SHO-nak ka-pyoo-SHON.KAK v ka-pyoo-SHO-nye on smee-SHON

9. От топота копыт пыль по полю летит.

Pronunciation: At TO-pa-ta ka-PIT PIL’ PO-pa-lyoo lEE-TEET

10. Наш Полкан попал в капкан

Pronunciation: NASH pal-KAN pa-PAL f kap-KAN

11. У перепела и перепёлки пять перепелят.

Pronunciation: OO pye-rye-pye-LA I pye-rye-PYOL-kee PYAT’ pye-rye-pye-LYAT

12. У ежа – ежата, у ужа – ужата.

Pronunciation: OO ye-ZHA ye-ZHA-ta, oo oo-ZHA – oo-ZHA-ta

13. Жужжит жужелица, жужжит, да не кружится.

Pronunciation: Zhoo-ZHEET zhoo-zhe-LEE-tsa, zhoo-ZHEET, da ni kroo-ZHEE-tsa

14. На дворе трава, на траве дрова. Не руби дрова на траве двора!

Pronunciation: Na dva-RYE tra-VA, na tra-VYE dra-VA.NEE roo-BEE dra-VA na tra-VYE dva-RA

15. Проворонила ворона воронёнка.

Pronunciation: Pra-va-RO-nee-la va-RO-na va-ra-NYON-ka

To conclude, tongue twisters are extremely helpful while learning a new language. It’s a fantastic method to improve your pronunciation while also warming up and stretching your vocal muscles.

A decent tongue twister may assist you in learning and practicing word pronunciation and phonetics, learning and memorizing new words, improving your pronunciation speed, and focusing and relaxing before speaking a foreign language.

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