How do you normally practice your Japanese pronunciation?
Have you found a winning strategy?
Today, I am going to introduce some Japanese tongue twisters (早口言葉).
Like “She sells seashells on the seashore”.
It may not help you to learn any conversational skills but might improve your pronunciations indeed.
生麦 生米 生卵
nama-mugi nama-gome nama-tamago
(Raw oat, Raw rice, Raw egg)
ro nya-ku nang nyo
(Men and women of all ages)
ja-zz shan-son ka-shu
(Jazz chanson singer)
坊主が 屏風に 上手に 坊主の 絵を 描いた
bozu-ga byobu-ni jozu-ni bozu-no e-wo kaita
(A Buddhist monk nicely drew the picture of a monk on a folding screen.)
議論好きの 議員が 議事堂に ぎっしり
giron-zuki-no giin-ga gijido-ni gisshiri
(The Congress is crowded with argumentative members of the Assembly.)
この 竹垣に 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
kono takegaki-ni take tatekaketa-nowa take tatekaketakatta-kara take tatekaketa
(I laid the bamboo tree against this bamboo fence because I wanted to do it.)
瓜売りが 瓜 売りに来て 瓜 売り残し 瓜 売り 帰る 瓜売りの 声
uriuri-ga uri urini-kite uri urinokoshi uri uri kaeru uriuri-no koe
(One can hear the voice of a melon seller who came to sell melons but failed to sell out his melons.)
The trick is getting the speed and the accent.
Try saying these sentences as many as you need.
You should be really proud if you can say Level (3) ones！
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