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The following is a list of tongue-twisters, or difficult-to-repeat verses.


List of tongue-twisters[edit]

Hard Tongue Twister Phrases

  • She sells sea-shells at the sea-shore
  • Despite the statistics, his next guest is optimistic.
  • A big bug bit a bold bald bear on the bum and the bold bald bear bled blood badly.
  • I wish the wish you wish to wish, but if you wish the witch's wishes, I won't wish the wish you wish to wish.
  • Bill Badger brought the bear a bit of boiled bacon in a brown bag.
  • Upper roller , lower roller (3x).
  • Episcopalians sip spiked punch at parties
  • Brisk brave brigadiers brandished broad bright blades, blunderbusses, and bludgeons -- Balancing them badly.
  • The Leith police dismisseth us.
  • Can you can a canned can into an uncanned can like a canner can can a canned can into an uncanned can?
  • Do scientists see thieves seize skies? If scientists see thieves seize skies, then where are the skies, the scientists see the thieves seize?
  • Which wristwatches are Swiss wristwatches?
  • I am a mother pheasant plucker. I pluck mother pheasants. I am the most pleasant mother pheasant plucker who ever plucked mother pheasants.
  • I'm not the sheet slitter, I'm the sheet slitter's son. But I'll slit sheets till the sheet slitter comes.
  • Red Leather, Yellow Leather (3x Fast)
  • Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers (3x Fast)
  • Three Smart Fellows, they all felt smart (3x Fast)
  • Sunshine City (3x Fast)
  • If you must cross a coarse cross cow across a crowded cow crossing, cross the cross coarse cow across the crowded cow crossing carefully.
  • Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager managing an imaginary menagerie.
  • Six swift Swiss ships swiftly shift.
  • There are two minutes difference from four to two to two to two, from two to two to two,
    too.
  • Does the rapid rabid rabbit wrap it?
  • The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick.

(This is the World's Hardest Tongue Twister, according to Guinness World Records.) [citation needed]

  • Unique New York Unique New York You know you need Unique New York.
  • Give Papa a proper cup of coffee in a proper copper coffee cup.
  • How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? A woodchuck would chuck as much wood as a woodchuck could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood.
  • I shot the city sheriff with the city sheriff's gun. (3 times fast)
  • Two tall boys, Take two ties, To tie two poles, To two tall trees.
  • Give Gulliver Gales Gulliver's grey guppies, named Gabriel and Gabriela Gales. Go tell Gulliver "be gentle on Gabriel's and Gabriela's gill's and scales."
  • Mumbling bumbling band of Baboons (3x fast)
  • Seventeen slimy slugs in shiny sombreros sat singing short sad songs.
  • She had shoulder surgery.
  • She sells sea shells in the sea shore
  • Six thick thistle sticks. Six thick thistles stick.
  • Thirty-three thin Finns throw forty-three frogs into four Thracian theatres.
  • The Awfullest Thistle: The successful thistle sifter, in sifting a sieve full of unsifted thistles, stuck three thousand thistles through the thick of his thumb.
  • Toy Boat (3x)
  • Shep Schwab shopped at Scott's Schnapps shop;

One shot of Scott's Schnapps stopped Schwab's watch.

  • Which witch winds white weasel wool well?


  • I am a thistle sifter. I have a sift of sifted thistles and a sift of unsifted thistles. Because I am a thistle sifter.

Hard Tongue Twister Poems:

Betty Botter bought a bit of butter,
The butter Betty Botter bought was a bit bitter,
And made her batter bitter,
But a bit of better butter makes better batter,
So Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter.

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,
how many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?

Purple, paper, people,
Purple, people, paper,
People, purple, paper,
Paper, purple, people,

I'm not the pheasant plucker, I'm the pheasant plucker's mate,
And I'm only plucking pheasants 'cause the pheasant plucker's late.
I'm not the pheasant plucker, I'm the pheasant plucker's son,
And I'm only plucking pheasants till the pheasant pluckers come.

A tutor who tooted the flute,
Tried to tutor two tooters to toot,
Said the two to the tutor,
"Is it tougher to toot,
Or to tutor two tooters to toot?"

Heather was hoping to hop to Tahiti,
To hack a hibiscus to hang on her hat,
Now Heather has hundreds of hats on her hat rack,
So how can a hop to Tahiti help that?

She sells seashells by the seashore.
The shells she sells are surely seashells.
So if she sells shells on the seashore,
I'm sure the shells she sells are shore shells.

Silly Sally swiftly shooed seven silly sheep.
The seven silly sheep Silly Sally shooed
Shilly-shallied south.
These sheep shouldn't sleep in a shack;
Sheep should sleep in a shed.

Three sweet switched Swiss witches,
Watch three washed Swiss witch Swatch watch switches.
Which sweet switched Swiss witch watches,
Which washed Swiss witch Swatch watch switch?

Theophilus Thadeus Thistledown,
The successful thistle-sifter,
While sifting a sieve-full of unsifted thistles,
Thrust three thousand thistles through the thick of his thumb.

Now, if Theophilus Thadeus Thistledown,
The successful thistle-sifter,
Thrust three thousand thistles through the thick of his thumb,
See that thou, while sifting a sieve-full of unsifted thistles,
Thrust not three thousand thistles through the thick of thy thumb.

Theophilus Thistle, the successful thistle sifter,
In sifting a sieve full of unsifted thistles,
Thrust three thousand thistles through the thick of his thumb.
If Theophilus Thistle, the successful thistle sifter,
Can thrust three thousand thistles through the thick of his thumb,
See thou, in sifting a sieve full of unsifted thistles,
Thrust not three thousand thistles through the thick of thy thumb.
.she sells seashells by the sea shore

David Dave is dutch
David Dave likes Ducks
David has dozens of dutch ducks
David Dave has so much
The Dutch Ducks were dutch ducklings,
but then the Dutch Ducklings grew up
Now, the delightful dutch ducklings are dashing dutch ducks

How many sheets can a sheet slitter slit if a sheet slitter could slit sheets?

Tongue twisters in languages other than English[edit]

Albanian[edit]

  • Karikaturisti karikaturon karikatura karakteristike. listen (help·info)
The caricaturist caricatures characteristic caricatures. (Coincidentally kari is the definitive form of a vulgar term for penis.)
  • Kupa me kapak kupa pa kapak
The cup with a lid the cup without a lid
The hen of Lleshi laid an egg in a wool basket.
  • Pirdh o prift ne prill pirdh.
Fart, priest in April, fart.
  • Plaka lau pllakat.
The old woman washed the tiles.
  • I papashaportizuar
You don't have a passport.

Arabic[edit]

  • طرقتُ البابَ حتى كل متني، فلما كل متني كلمتني، قالت: يا اسماعيلُ صبراً قلتُ: يا أسماء عيلَ صبري
taraqto al baba hatta kallamatni, fa lamma kallamatni kallamatni. qalat: ya isma'ilo sabran, qolto: ya Asma 3eela sabri.
I knocked the door until my arm hurts, she said: Isma'il wait. I said: Asma, I've lost my patience.
  • طربوش تطربشنا به وطربوش ما تطربشنا به قوم يا متطربش وتطربش بالطربوش الذي لم نتطربش به
There is a tarboosh, that we have set up, and a tarboosh, that we have not set up. Stand up tarboosh-wearer, and set up the tarboosh that we have not set up.
  • طارق تاج تقي
Tariq tag Taqi
Tariq hits Taqi
  • خيط حرير على حيط خليل.
Silk thread on Khalil's tear strip.
  • Khamees kumash khashim Habash
Khamees caught Habash’s nose

Bulgarian[edit]

  • Крал Карл и кралица Клара крали кларинети от кралските кларинетисти.
Kral Karl i kralitsa Klara krali klarineti ot kralskite klarinetisti.
(They say) the king Carl and the queen Clara stole clarinets from the royal clarinettists.
  • Петър плет плете, през три пръта преплита. Плети, Петре, плета, през три пръта преплитай.
Petur plet plete, prez tri pruta preplita. Pleti, Petre, pleta, prez tri pruta preplitai.
Peter knits a wattle-fence, weaves three times through. Weave, Peter, the wattle-fence; weave three times through.
  • На чичко Чочко чичковите червенотиквеничковчета.
Na Chichko Chochko chichkovite chervenotikvenichkovcheta.
Uncle Chochko's little uncle's red pumpkin heads.
  • Шест шишета се сушат на шест шосета от шест сешоара.
Shest shisheta se sushat na shest shoseta ot shest seshoara.
Six bottles are being dried on six highways by six blow driers.
  • Непротивоконституционствувателствувайте!
Ne-protivo-konstitutsi-on-stvu-va-tel-stvu-vay-te!
Do not act against the constitution!

Catalan[edit]

  • Setze jutges d'un jutjat mengen fetge de penjat, si el penjat es despengès, es menjaria els setze fetges dels setze jutges que el van penjar
Sixteen judges from a court eat a hanged man's liver, but if the hanged man gets down, he'll eat the sixteen livers from the sixteen judges who hanged him.
  • En cap cap cap el que cap en aquest cap
In no head fits what fits in this head
  • Un plat pla ple de pebre està
A flat plate full of pepper is
  • De ploure prou que plou, però pel que plou plou poc
It does rain, but for the rain it's falling, it's not so much rain

Plou poc, però pel poc que plou, plou prou.

It does not rain so much, but for how the little it rains, It´s raining enough.
it does rain a little, but for how little it rains, it rains enough.

Croatian[edit]

  • Na vrh brda vrba mrda.
On the top of the riverbank the willow is swaying.
  • Hrvoje sa Hvara hrani hrčka
Hrvoje from Hvar island is feeding a hamster
  • Cvrči cvrči cvrčak na čvoru crne smrče.
A cricket sings and sings on a knobby branch of a black spruce.

Serbian, Bosnian, or Croatian[edit]

  • Бело јаре пролајало
    • Latin: Belo jare prolajalo.
White goat kid started to bark.
  • Cvrči cvrči cvrčak na čvoru crne smrče. (V. Nazor)
Chirping chirping cricket on the knot of a black spruce.
  • Raskiseliše li ti se ti opanci? Razveseliše li ti se gosti? Rasentimentalisaše li ti se osećanja?
    • Cyrillic: Раскиселише ли ти се ти опанци? Развеселише ли ти се гости? Расентименталисаше ли ти се осећања?
Have these opanci (kind of shoes) of yours been well soaked? Have your guests became jolly? Have your feelings become sentimental?
  • Туре буре ваља, була буре гура. Брже туре буре ваља но што була буре гура.
    • Latin: Ture bure valja; bula bure gura. Brže ture bure valja no što bula bure gura.
      • Variant: Ture bure valja; bula bure gura. Bolje ture bure valja nego bula bure gura.
A Turk rolls a barrel; a Turk damsel (lit. woman wearing a hijab) pushes a barrel. Turk faster (or better) rolls a barrel than Turk damsel pushes a barrel.
  • Na vrh brda vrba mrda, na vrh brda vrba mrda, na vrh brda vrba mrda...(ad nauseam).
    • Cyrillic: на врх брда врба мрда, на врх брда врба мрда, на врх брда врба мрда...
Atop the hill the willow stirs, atop the hill the willow stirs, atop the hill the willow stirs, ad nauseam.
  • Šaš devetorošaš al se razdevetorošašio.
    • Cyrillic: Шаш деветорошаш, ал' се раздеветорошашио.
  • Четири чавчића на чунчићу чучећи цијучу.
    • Latin: Četiri čavčića na čunčiću čučeći cijuču.
Four jackdaw chicks, on chimney perched, chirp.
  • Bela kuja prolajala, zalajala i odlajala.
    • Cyrillic: Бела куја пролајала, залајала и одлајала.
  • Пиле пикће док до куће не допикће.
    • Latin: Pile pikće dok do kuće ne dopikće.
Chicken clucks until /to the house/ it clucks.
  • Riba ribi grize rep.
    • Cyrillic: Риба риби гризе реп.
One fish bites another fishes tail.
  • На врх брда врба мрда.
    • Latin: Na vrh brda vrba mrda.
On top of the hill a willow swings.
  • Легитимиши ми се.
    • Latin: Legitimiši mi se.
Identify your self to me
  • Petar Petru pleo petlju pokraj puta po sto puta.
    • Cyrillic: Петар Петру плео петљу покрај пута по сто пута.
Petar made a loop for Peter by the road, hundreds of times.
  • Сједи стари Злокотлокрп и стара Злокотлокрпа и њихових двоје троје злоkоtloкрпчади.
    • Latin: Sjedi stari Zlokotlokrp i stara Zlokotlokrpa i njihovih dvoje troje zlokotlokrpčadi.
Sits an old cauldron-mender and his old cauldron-mendress (wife) and their two or three cauldron-menderlings (children)

The following is written with syllable accents although one does not normally write them down as they are usually implied by context. However, writing this sentence without accents would make it unintelligible.

  • Gȍre gȍrē gȍre gòrē, no što gȍre gòrē dolje.
    • Cyrillic, without accents: Горе горе горе горе, но што горе горе доље.
/Up there/ /worse/ mountains are burning, than mountains are burning down there.
  • Cyrillic: Mиш уз пушку, миш низ пушку.
    • (Latin: Miš uz pušku, miš niz pušku)
Down the rifle mouse goes, up the rifle mouse goes.
  • Latin: prijestolonásljednikovičičinima (longest word in Croatian language; only one accent)
to those who belong to a little throne heiress

Chinese (Cantonese)[edit]

(known as 急口令)

  • ming5 ding2 bing1 ding1 ting4 ding6 ting3 (酩酊兵丁停定聽)
The drunken soldier stopped and listened.
  • fu3 fu5 fu4 fu1 fu6 fu6 fu2 (富婦扶夫赴傅府)
A rich woman carried her husband to Fu's mansion.
  • yap9 sat9 yim6 sat1 gam6 gan2 gap7 dzai3, gwat9 gai1 gwat9 gwat7 gwat9 gai1 gwat9 (入實驗室襟緊急掣,掘雞掘骨掘雞骨)
Go to the laboratory and press the emergency button, dig for the chicken, dig for the bone, and dig for the chicken bone.
  • ling5 ding2 ying7 ming4 ging7 sing2 bing1 ding7 ting4 ding6 ting3
[translation]
  • saan1 gaan7 ngaan6 faan2 laan5 maan6 faan7 maan4 waan5 daan6 taan4
[translation]

Chinese (Mandarin)[edit]

(known as 繞口令 (Ràokǒulìng))

  • 西施死時四十四
  • xī shī sǐ shí sì shí sì
  • Xi Shi died at age 44.

The following is Lion Eating Poet in the Stone Den, a famous tongue twister written by Yuen Ren Chao. It is a short story written exclusively with various tones of one syllable (shi), and composed in the literary Chinese style.

  • 施氏食獅史
石室詩士施氏,嗜獅,誓食十獅。氏時時適市視獅。十時,適十獅適市。是時,適施氏適是市。氏視十獅,恃矢勢,使是十獅逝世。氏拾是十獅屍,適石室。食時,始識十獅實十石獅屍。試釋是事。
  • shī shì shí shī shǐ
Shí shì shī shì shī shì, shì shī, shì shí shí shī. Shì shí shí shì shì shì shī. Shí shí, shì shí shī shì shì. Shì shí, shì shī shì shì shì. Shì shì shì shí shī, shì shǐ shì, shǐ shì shí shī shì shì. Shì shí shì shí shī shī, shì shí shì. Shí shì shī, shì shǐ shì shì shí shì. Shí shì shì, shì shǐ shì shí shí shī shī. Shí shí, shǐ shì shì shí shī shī, shí shí shí shī shī. Shì shì shì shì.
In a stone house there lived a poet who loved lions and he swore to eat ten lions. In the morning, he went to the market. By a coincidence, ten lions arrived at the market. When the poet spotted the lions, he shot arrows, and 10 lions died. In return, he received 10 lion carcasses and returned to his house. When he ate the dead lions, he realized they were ten stone lions.

The following is tongue-twister because it is difficult to pronounce so many s and sh without mixing. Since many from the southern parts of China have difficulty differentiating the pinyin "sh-" and "s-" sounds, this is used to help teach "standard" pronounciation:

  • 四是四,十是十,十四是十四,四十是四十。你不要把十四说成四十,四十说成十四。
  • Sì shì sì, shí shì shí, shí sì shì shí sì, sì shí shì sì shí. Nǐ bú yào bǎ shí sì shuō chéng sì shí, sì shí shuō chéng shí sì.
Four is four, ten is ten, fourteen is fourteen, forty is forty. You shouldn't say 'fourteen' as 'forty' or 'forty' as 'fourteen'.

This phrase can be used to tell if someone is drunk or not:

  • 四十四头死的石狮子
  • Sì shí sì tǒu sǐ de shí shī zi
Forty-four dead stone lions
  • 吃葡萄不吐葡萄皮
  • chī pú tāo bù tù pú tāo pì
When you eat grapes, don't spit out grape peels
  • 山前住的颜圆眼, (shān qián zhù de yányuányǎn)
  • 山后住的颜眼圆, (shān hòu zhù de yányǎnyuán)
  • 两人山前来比眼, (liǎng rén shān qián lái bǐ yǎn)
  • 也不知道颜圆眼比颜眼圆的圆眼,(yě bù zhīdào yányuányǎn bǐ yányǎnyuán de yuányǎn)
  • 也不知道颜眼圆比颜圆眼的眼圆 (yě bù zhīdào yányǎnyuán bǐ yányuányǎn de yǎnyuán)

Czech[edit]

Stick a finger through your throat.
  • Nesnese se se sestrou.
He doesn't get on with his sister.
  • Roli lorda Rolfa hrál Vladimír Leraus.
The role of Lord Rolf was played by VL.
  • Nenaolejuje-li koleje Julie, naolejuji je já.
If Julie doesn't oil rails, I will oil them.
  • Třistatřicetři stříbrných stříkaček stříkalo přes třistatřicet tři stříbrných střech.
Three hundred and thirty three silver fire-engines were spraying over three hundred and thirty three silver roofs.
  • Zalyžařivší si lyžař potkal lyžaře nezalyžařivšího si.
A skier who had had a fun time skiing met a skier who had not had a fun time skiing.
  • Podkopeme my ten Popocatépetl tunelem, nebo nepodkopeme my ten Popocatépetl tunelem?
Are we going to dig a tunnel under that Popocatépetl, or are we not going to dig a tunnel under that Popocatépetl?
  • Šel pštros s pštrosicí a pštrosáčaty.
There went an ostrich [male] with an ostrichess and ostrichlets.
  • Pan kaplan v kapli plakal
Mr. curate wept in a chappel.
  • Salám ála másala mlsala malá lama Amála a lláma sám.
  • Bratře Petře, nepřepepři toho vepře. Jestli ho přepepříš, tak si toho vepře, bratře Petře, sám sníš.
Brother Peter, don't overpepper the pig. If you overpepper it, so the pig, brother Peter, eat yourself.

Danish[edit]

Red pudding with cream (it is made from stewed berries and served cold with cream). Only a tongue-twister for almost anyone but native Danes because of the letter "ø" and the soft Danish "d" which are difficult to pronounce for non-Danes.
  • Fem flade flødeboller på et fladt flødebollefad
Five flat cream puffs on a flat cream puff plate
  • Bispens gipsbisps gipsgebis gisper
The dentures of the bishop's plaster bishop (statuette) clatter
  • Da de hvide kom til de vilde, ville de vilde vide hvad de hvide ville vide om de vilde
When the white (men) came to the wild (men), the wild wanted to know what the white wanted to know about the wild
  • Stakit, stativ, kasket
Paling, rack, cap
  • Kæmpe kæppe knækker næppe
Giant rods hardly crack
  • Titusinde tossede troldeunger trillede til trylleteatrets trappetrin
10,000 crazy young trolls rolled to the steps (of the stairs) of the magical theatre.

Fem flade flyndere fra Fladbro/ 5 flat soles from Fladbro

Dialectal[edit]

Western Jutlandic

  • A æ u å æ ø i æ å! (answer:) A æ å u å æ ø i æ å!
I am out on the island in the river! I am also out on the island in the river!

Dutch[edit]

  • De poes kotst in de postkoets.
The cat pukes in the stagecoach.
  • De koetsier poetst de postkoets met postkoetspoets.
The coachman cleans the stagecoach with stagecoach cleaner.
  • De kat krabt de krullen van de trap met drie droge doeken.
The cat scratches the woodcurls of the stairs with three dry cloths.
  • De knappe kapper kapt knap, maar de knappe knecht van de knappe kapper kapt knapper dan de knappe kapper kappen kan.
The clever barber cuts hair cleverly, but the clever helper of the clever barber cuts hair more cleverly than the clever barber can cut it.
  • De knecht snijdt recht en de meid snijdt scheef.
The servant cuts straight and the maid cuts crooked.
  • Liesje leerde Lotje lopen langs de lange lindenlaan.
Liesje taught Lotje how to walk along the long lime tree lane.
  • Moeder snijdt zeven scheve sneden brood.
Mother slices seven skew slices of bread.
  • Een pet met een platte klep is een plattekleppet.
A cap with a flat flap is a flat flap cap.
  • Wanneer een potvis in een pispot pist heb je een pispot vol met potvissenpis.
When a sperm whale pisses into a chamber pot, one has a chamber pot full of sperm whale piss.
  • Jeukt jouw jeukende neus ook zoals mijn jeukende neus jeukt?
Does your itching nose itch like my itching nose is itching? (when you pronounce jeukende neus jeukt incorrect you get jeukende jeus neukt which means something like itching j/nose fucks.)
  • Zeven zwarte zwanen zwemmen in de Zuiderzee.
Seven black swans swim in the Southern Sea.
  • Als vliegen achter vliegen vliegen, vliegen vliegen vliegensvlug.
If flies fly behind flies, flies will fly like lightning.
  • Als achter vliegen vliegen vliegen, vliegen vliegen vliegen achterna.
If behind flies fly flies, flies are flying in pursuit of flies.
  • Toen was was was, was was was.
When wash wash was, was wash wash.
  • Wij wouden witte was wassen waneer wij wisten waar warm water was.
We would wash white wash when we knew where warm water was.
  • Als in Graven graven gravengraven graven, graven graven gravengraven.
If counts are digging count-graves in Graven, counts dig count-graves.
  • Zeven Zaventemse zotten zwommen zes zomerse zondagen zonder zwembroek. "Ze zijn zekers zot zeg!", zei Zuster Zulma zuchtend. Ze zullen zinken.
Seven nuts from Zaventem were swimming on six sundays without bathingsuit."They are crazy for sure!", replied Sister Zulma sighing. They will sink
  • Hottentottententententoonstelling
  • Hottentottensoldatententententoonstelling

Esperanto[edit]

  • Ĉu ŝi scias, ĉu ĉi-scene la sklavo ŝtelas la sceptron?
Does she know if the slave steals the sceptre during this scene?
  • Ĝuu ke la heroo opiniis ke li spontanee balaas.
Enjoy that the hero had the opinion that he spontaneously sweeps.
  • Serpo servu cin por ĉerpo el cerbo de serba cervo.
May a billhook serve thee to scoop out a Serbian deer's brain.

Estonian[edit]

  • Pagari piparkook (repeated).
Baker's ginger biscuit
  • Musta lehma saba valge lehma taga, valge lehma saba musta lehma taga (repeated).
Black cow's tail behind a white cow, white cow's tail behind a black cow.
  • Kabli klubi (repeated)
Club of Kabli
  • Habemeajaja, majarajaja ja jaamaülem (repeated, sobriety test)
Barber, house builder and stationmaster
  • Habemeajaja ja jaamaülem jalutasid honorari järele.
The barber and the station-master walked for the fee.
  • Kummikutes kummitus kummitas kummutis (repeated, sobriety test)
A ghost with rubberboots haunted in the chest of drawers
  • Eminemi esimene esinemine
Eminem's first performance
  • Jüriöö ülestõus (jokingly used to determine if a non-native speaker has mastered the difficult accented vowels)
The Jüriöö uprising, in the night of April 23, 1343 peasants in Northern Estonia rebelled against their Danish overlords and cleansed much of the country of the foreign rulers.
  • Õunapuu õitseaeg on Jüriöö ülestõusust jõululaupäevani
Blossom-time of an apple-tree is from the Jüriöö uprising until the Christmas Eve.
  • Kuulilennuteetunneliluuk
The hatch of the tunnel of ballistic trajectory
This word is also a palindrome.
  • Õueaiaäär
Edge of a yard fence
  • Jäääär (Please explain how this could be difficult to pronounce)
Edge of ice
  • korstnapühkija teeb kortsus korstnad korda
the chimney sweeper will fix the wrinkled chimneys
  • Kuuuurija
Explorer of the Moon
  • Töööö
Night of work, night shift
  • Südaööelu
Midnight life
  • Ööbik nöögib (repeated)
A nightingale is mocking
  • Kõueööaimdus
Surmise of thunder-night
  • Hauaööõudused
Horrors of a night in grave
  • Lampjalgadega stampvambilgi on rambikramp.
  • Roo-loorkull
Marsh harrier bird (Circus aeruginosus). Enormously hard to pronounce if you are drunk.

Filipino[edit]

  • Kabilugan ng buwan, buwan ng kabilugan
Fullness of the moon, month of roundness (i.e.: pregnancy).
This tongue-twister is also a Spoonerism, intending the speaker to say "kalibugan" (the state of being horny).
  • Pasko, paksiw
"Pasko" is the Filipino word for Christmas and "paksiw" is meat stewed in vinegar.
  • Pitumpu't pitong puting putong ipinirito ng puting patong papito-pito
Seventy-seventy white rice cakes fried by a whistling white duck.
  • Puting tupa, tupang puti
Featuring the two ways to say "white sheep" in Filipino, this Spoonerism intends the speaker to say "puta" (bitch).
  • Tumalon si Tonton sa malalim na balon sa ilalim ng talon sa taniman ng talong
Tonton jumped into the deep well under the waterfalls by the eggplant plantation.
  • Ang relo ni Leroy Rolex
Leroy's watch is a Rolex.
  • Bituka, butiki, botika
Intestine, lizard, drugstore.
  • batong pagong pagong na bato
rock turtle turtle rock
  • Nakakapagpabagabag
flaming
  • Bababa ba? Bababa.
Will it descend? It will descend. (As with an elevator.)
  • Pasko - paksiw
Christmas - a dish (usually fish) stewed in vinegar.
  • Usong usong isang salu-salong nagsisi-usyosohan ang mga aso sa asosasyon sa Ascuzena
The dogs are busy sharing and talking at a dog association in Ascuzena.
  • Palakang Kabkab, kumakalabukab, kaka-kalabukab pa lamang, kumakalabukab na naman.
A Kabkab Frog, croaking, it was just croaking, now it's croaking again.
  • Minekaniko nang mekaniko ni Monico ang makina nang manika ni Monica.
Monico's mechanic mechanically fixed the machine of Monica's doll.
  • Pitumpú't pitóng putíng patíng.
77 white sharks


miiiiiii......nikaniko ni moniko ang makina na ni monica habang..

sinisunga ni pepito at pipita ang kanilang pitong putumuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut,,,,,puting tupa!! (3x)

French[edit]

  • Qu'est-ce que c'est que ça? (repeated)
What the hell is that?
  • La pie niche haut, l'oie niche bas, l'hibou niche ni haut ni bas, mais où l'hibou niche?
The magpie nests high up, the goose nests low down, the owl nests neither high up nor low down, but where does the owl nest?
  • Je suis ce que je suis, et si je suis ce que je suis, qu'est-ce que je suis?
I am what I am, and if I am what I am, What am I?
  • Mon père est mon maire et mon frère est masseur.
My dad is my mayor and my brother is a massager. (sounds like my dad is my mother [mère] and my brother is my sister [ma soeur])
  • La roue sur la rue roule ; la rue sous la roue reste. listen (help·info)
The wheel on the road rolls; the road under the wheel stays.
  • Un chasseur sachant chasser doit savoir chasser sans son chien de chasse. listen (help·info)
A hunter who knows how to hunt has to know how to hunt without his hunting dog.
  • La pipe au papa du Pape Pie pue (Prévert).
Pope Pius' dad's pipe stinks.
  • Si ces saucissons sont bons, ces saucissons-ci sont aussi bons.
If those sausages are good, these sausages here are also good.
  • Monsieur Sanssouci, combien coutent ces saucissons-ci? Ces saucissons-ci coutent six sous. Si ces saucissons-ci coutent six sous, ces saucissons-ci sont fort chers.
Mr NoWorries, how much are these sausages? These sausages are six sous. If these sausages are six sous, these sausages are quite expensive.
  • Le ver vert va vers le verre vert.
The green worm goes towards the green glass.
  • Kiki était cocotte et Coco concasseur de cacao. Kiki la cocotte aimait beaucoup Coco le concasseur de cacao. Or un marquis caracolant, caduc et cacochyme, conquis par les coquins quinquets de Kiki la cocotte, offrit à Kiki la cocotte un coquet caraco kaki à col de caracul. Quand Coco le concasseur de cacao comprit qu'un marquis caracolant, caduc et cacochyme conquis par les coquins quinquets de Kiki la cocotte, avait offert à Kiki la cocotte un coquet caraco kaki à col de caracul, il conclut « Je clos mon caquet, je suis cocu ! »
Kiki was a hen and Coco a cocoa bean crusher. Kiki the hen liked Coco the cocoa bean crusher a lot. But a prancing marquis, debilitated and sickly, conquered by the roguish eyes of Kiki the hen, offered Kiki the hen a stylish karakul-collared khaki camisole. When Coco the cocoa bean crusher realized that a prancing marquis, debilitated and sickly, conquered by the roguish eyes of Kiki the hen, had offered Kiki the hen a stylish karakul-collared khaki camisole, he concluded “I'll shut my mouth, I am a cuckold!”

A lot of these words are from Argot-French, words no longer used in the French language.

Basket piano
  • Les chaussettes de l'archiduchesse sont-elles sèches ou archi-sèches ? listen (help·info)
Are the archduchess's socks dry or very dry?
  • Si mon tonton tond ton tonton, ton tonton sera tondu.
If my uncle shaves your uncle, your uncle will be shaved.
  • Je veux et j'exige du jasmin et des jonquilles. listen (help·info)
I want and demand jasmin and daffodils.
  • Natacha n'attacha pas son chat qui s'échappa.
Natacha did not tie up her cat, which escaped.
  • Un dragon gradé dégrade un dragon gradé.
A commissioned dragoon decommissions a commissioned dragoon.
  • Je suis un original qui ne se désoriginalisera jamais.
I am an original who will never de-originalize.
  • Spock s'pique avec du speed ? Mais c'est stupide! Spock spécule et s'perd dans des spleens sporadiques.
Spock shoots up with speed? But that's stupid! Spock speculates and loses himself in sporadic melancholy.
  • Les salauds salissent Solaar, cela me lasse. Mais laisse-les salir Solaar, sur ce, salut ! (MC Solaar - L'histoire de l'art)
Bastards dis Solaar, I've become weary with this. But they just keep on dissing Solaar, and with this, bye!
  • Fruits cuits, fruits crus (repeated).
Cooked fruits, raw fruits.
  • Si six scies scient six cyprès, six cents six scies scient six cents six cyprès.
If six saws saw six cypresses, six hundred and six saws saw six hundred and six cypresses. (Was written in a Finnish book as "si si si si si si prä, si si sang si si sang si prä".)
  • Napoléon, céda Sedan, céda ses dents.
Napoleon, lost Sedan, lost his teeth.
  • Poisson sans boisson est poison.
Fish without drink is poison.
  • Didon dîna, dit-on, du dos d'un dodu dindon.
Dido ate, it is said, from the back of a fat turkey.
  • Tas de riz, tas de rats. Tas de riz tentant, tas de rats tentés. Tas de riz tentant tenta tas de rats tentés. Tas de rats tentés tâta tas de riz tentant!
Mount of rice, bunch of rats. Tempting mount of rice, tempted bunch of rats. Tempting mount of rice tempted bunch of tempted rats. Bunch of tempted rats touched tempting mount of rice!
  • Tonton, ton thé t'a-t-il ôté ta toux ?
Uncle, did your tea remove your cough?
  • Dis-moi gros gras grand grain d'orge, quand tu dégrogragrangraindorgeras-tu? Je me dégrogragrangraindorgerai quand tous les gros gras grands grains d'orge se seront dégrogragrangraindorgés.
Tell me, big fat large grain of barley, when you will un-big-fat-large-grain-of-barley? I will un-big-fat-large-grain-of-barley when all the big fat large grains of barley have un-big-fat-large-grain-of-barley'd.
  • l'abeille coule (à répéter plusieurs fois rapidement)
the bee sinks (to be said several times rapidly)
  • Dieu sait qu'elle sait quelles séquelles.
God knows she knows what sequels. (sait qu'elle/sait quelles/séquelles = same pronunciation)

German[edit]

  • ...den Zündschlüssel ins Zündschloss stecken.
  • Es klapperten die Klapperschlangen, bis ihre Klappern schlapper klangen. listen (help·info)
The rattlesnakes rattled until their rattles rattled less vigorously.
  • Fischers Fritz fischt frische Fische, frische Fische fischt Fischers Fritz. listen (help·info)
Fischers' boy Fritz fishes for fresh fish, for fresh fish fishes Fischer's boy Fritz.
  • Brautkleid bleibt Brautkleid, und Blaukraut bleibt Blaukraut. listen (help·info)
Bride's dress remains bride's dress, and blue cabbage remains blue cabbage.
  • Konstantinopolitanische Dudelsackpfeifenmachergesellschaft
(Bagpipe-pipe maker company of Constantinople)
  • Der Potsdamer Postkutscher putzt den Potsdamer Postkutschkasten. listen (help·info)
The driver of the Potsdam stage coach cleans the case of the Potsdam stage coach.
  • Im Potsdamer Boxclub boxt der Potsdamer Postbusboss. listen (help·info)
At the Potsdam boxing club, the boss of the Potsdam post bus is boxing. (almost works in English too)
  • Der Whiskeymixer mixt den Whiskey mit dem Whiskeymixer. listen (help·info)
The whiskey mixer (barman) mixes whiskey with the whiskey mixer (device). (The fun here lies in the most probable mistake: wichsen is a vulgar German term for "to masturbate".)
  • Im dichten Fichtendickicht nicken dicke Fichten tüchtig. listen (help·info)
In a dense thicket of spruces, thick spruces are heavily nodding. (German ficken means "to fuck" and Nichten equals nieces - n<->f).
  • Der Kaplan klebt Pappplakate an die Plakatwand. listen (help·info)
The chaplain is sticking posters made of cardboard to the notice board.
  • Wenn hinter Fliegen Fliegen fliegen, fliegen Fliegen Fliegen nach. listen (help·info)
If flies fly behind flies, then flies fly after flies.
  • Bismarck biss Mark, bis Mark Bismarck biss.
Bismarck bit Mark, until Mark bit Bismarck.
  • Zwei Ladenjungen, die vor den Schokoladenladen Laden laden, laden Schokoladenladenladenmädchen zum Tanze ein.
Two salesboys, who load crates in front of the chocolate shop, invite chocolate shop salesgirls to the dance.
  • Diesen Morgen haben sieben Schwaben einen gelben Hasen gesehen.
This morning seven Swabians have seen a yellow rabbit.
  • Die, die die, die die Steinkohlen stahlen, dingfest machen, erhalten eine Belohnung.
Those, who arrest those who steal the coals, earn a reward.
  • Bringst du Opi Opium, bringt Opium Opi um.
If you give Grandpa Opium, Opium is going to kill Grandpa.
  • Wir Wiener Wäscheweiber würden weiße Wäsche waschen, wenn wir wüssten, wo weiches warmes Wasser wäre.
We Viennese laundry women would wash white laundry if we knew where we could find soft warm water.
  • Zwischen zwei Zwetschgenzweigen sitzen zwei zwitschernde Schwalben.
Two twittering swallows are sitting between two plum twigs.
  • Wenn Griechen hinter Griechen kriechen, kriechen Griechen Griechen nach.
When Greeks creep behind Greeks, Greeks creep after Greeks.
  • Heut kommt der Hans nach Haus, freut sich die Lies. Ob er aber über Oberammergau, oder aber über Unterammergau, oder aber überhaupt net kommt, ist nicht g'wiß!
Today Hans comes home, and Lies is pleased. But whether he comes via Oberammergau, or via Unterammergau, or if he even arrives at all, is not certain!
  • Der Inder in der Inderin.
The Indian(man) in the Indian(woman). It is pronounced, Dea Inda in dea Indarin.
That's what you answer if someone asks you to make a sentence in German out of the words der (the, masculine) and in (in).

Franconian Dialect

  • A Mamaladaaama hamma daham aa.

(Alternatively, as heard in Erlangen, outside of Nuremberg: A Mamaladenhammala hamma aa daham)

(High German): Ein Marmeladeneimerchen haben wir daheim auch.
(English): A marmalade can, we have at home, too.

Swiss German Eastern varieties:

  • De Papscht hät s'Schpäck-Bschteck zschpaat bschtellt.
(High German): Der Papst hat das Speck-Besteck zu spät bestellt.
The pope was late ordering the cutlery for the bacon.

Western varieties:

  • Der Paapscht het z Spiez ds Bsteck z späät bstellt.
(High German): Der Papst hat in Spiez das Besteck zu spät bestellt.
The pope has ordered the cutlery too late in Spiez.
  • Schträäzt's z'Züri?
(High German): Regnet's ("gießt's") in Zürich?
(English): Is it raining ("pouring") in Zurich?

Phrases to be repeated rapidly

  • Hirsch heisst mein Vater.
Hirsch is my father's name.
(what you get if repeated too rapidly): Hier scheisst mein Vater.
Here my father is taking a shit

Greek[edit]

  • Ἄσπρη πέτρα ξέξασπρη, κι ἀπ᾿ τóν ἥλιο ξεξασπρότερη! listen (help·info)
áspri pétra xéxaspri, ki ap’ ton ílio xexaspróteri!
White rock, whitest rock - even whitest than sun (sunshine)!
  • Μιὰ πάπια, μὰ ποιά πάπια; Μιὰ πάπια μὲ παπιά!
miá pápia, ma piá pápia; miá pápia me papiá!
A duck, but which duck? A duck with ducklings!
  • Ὁ παπὰς ὁ παχὺς ἔφαγε παχιὰ φακή. Γιατί παπὰ παχὺ ἔφαγες παχιὰ φακή;
O papas o pahis efage pahia faki. Giati papa pahi efages pahia faki?
The fat priest ate a fat lentil. Fat priest, why did you eat a fat lentil?
Variation: Τρώει ο παπάς παχειά φακή. (To be rapidly repeated)
Trói o papás pahiá fakí. Trói o papás pahiá fakí...
The priest eats fat lentil (-soup).
  • Καπνὸς παντοπάγκαπνος, καπνὸς καὶ παντοκαπνισμένος.
Kapnos pantopankapnos, kapnos ke pantokapnismenos.
Tobacco of all tobaccos, smoke and allsmoked.
  • Καλημέρα καμηλιέρη, καμηλιέρη καλημέρα!
Kalimera kamilieri, kamilieri kalimera!
Good morning camel driver, camel driver good morning!
  • Της καρέκλας το ποδάρι ξεκαρεκλοποδαρώθηκε! Κ' ήρθε ο καρεκλοποδαριτής να την καρεκλοποδαρώσει.
Tis karéklas to podári xekareklopodaróthike! K' írthe o kareklopodaritís na tin kareklopodaróssi.
The chair's leg came off the chair! Then came the chair-leg-man to fix the chair's leg.

Greenlandic[edit]

  • Kaffit karsit qassit?
How many boxes with coffee?
  • Nalunaarasuartaatilioqatigiiffissualiornialeraluarpunngooq
We are going to build a clockhouse
  • Tuttut tututtut tuttutuutut
There are dirty reindeers and they eat reindeers

Hebrew[edit]

  • גנן גידל דגן בגן, דגן גדול גדל בגן
Ganan geedel dagan bagan, dagan gadol gadal bagan
A gardener grew a cereal in the garden, a large cereal grew in the garden.
  • שרה שרה שיר שמח, שיר שמח שרה שרה
Sara shara shir sameh'ach, shir sameh'ach shara Sara
Sarah sings a happy song.
  • שרה שמה שום בסושי
Sara sama shum basushi
Sara puts garlic in the sushi.
  • נחש נשך נחש
Nachash nashach nachash
A snake bit a snake.
  • בקבוק בלי פקק
Bakbuk bli pkak
A bottle without a cork.
  • אני לא מהמתמהמהים, אני מהמתמהמהות
Ani lo me'ha'mitmahamehim, ani me'ha'mitmahamehot
I am not a from the procrastinating men, I am from the procrastinating women.
Variation: מהממהרים, מהממהרות me'ha'memaharim, me'ha'memaharot (I am not from the men in a hurry...).
  • אישה נעלה נעלה נעלה נעלה את הדלת בפני בעלה
Isha na'ala na'ala na'ala na'ala et hadelet bifnei ba'ala
A noblewoman put on a her shoe, locked the door in her husband's face. (This is a game with the conjugation rules that allow construction of identical words (in spelling and pronunciation) with different meanings. Such twisters exist in Arabic too.)
  • זה אני me-זה מי ו who-זה הוא ו he-זה היא ו she
She ze hi ve-he ze hu ve-who ze mi ve-me ze ani
This one translates words from English to Hebrew. Translating all the Hebrew words to English would give "She means she, and he means he, and who means who, and me means me." Each Hebrew word is pronounced like the English word of the next couple.
  • עכו כוסתה טל, צפת אף היא כוסתה טל
Akko kusta tal, Tsfat af (h)i kusta tal
Acre was covered with dew, Safed was covered with dew too.
Variation: שלג sheleg (snow) instead of טל tal (dew). This is more of an ear twister, you are supposed to pronounce it with no spaces, leaving the listener to guess what the קוקוס kokus (coconut) and the פיקוס fikus (ficus) are doing there.
  • טיטאת את התא? לא, לא טיטאתי את התא, תטאטא את התא אתה
Titeta et hata? Lo, lo titeti et hata, tetate et hata ata
Did you sweep the chamber? No, I didn't sweep the chamber, you sweep the chamber.
This is both hard to pronounce and hard to understand when pronounced without spaces ("Titeta-ta-ta - lo titeti-ta-ta, tetate-ta-ta-ata").
  • ששי וסשה שיסו את שיניהם בשישה שסקים, סשימי וסושי, בשש-עשרה לשישי בשעה שש ושש-עשרה
"Sasi VeSasha shisu et shineihem beshisha shesakim, sashimi vesushi, bashesh-esre lashishi besha'a shesh veshesh-esre"
Sasi and Sasha set their teeth on six loquats, sashimi and sushi, on the sixteenth of june at six and sixteen minutes

Hindi[edit]

  • ऊँट ऊँचा, ऊँट की पीठ ऊँची, पूँछ ऊँची ऊँट की
Ūm̐ṭa ūm̐cā, ūm̐ṭa kī pīṭha ūm̐cī, pūm̐cha ūm̐cī ūm̐ṭa kī.
There is a tall camel, the back of the camel is higher, but the tail of the camel is even higher.
  • कच्चा पापङ पक्का पापङ
Kaccā pāpaṅa pakkā pāpaṅa
Uncooked lentil wafer, cooked lentil wafer.
  • चंदू के चाचा ने चंदू की चाची को चाँदनी-चौक मे चाँदनी रात मे चाँदी के चम्मच से चतनी चताई
Caṅdū ke cācā ne caṅdū kī cācī ko caṃdanī-cauk me caṃdanī rāt me caṃdanī ke cammac se catnī catāī.
Chandus' uncle asked Chandus' aunt to taste a relish/sauce with the help of a silver spoon in full moon night at Chandani Chowk (a place in New Delhi).
  • Kachi Papai, Pakki Papai, Kachi Papai, Pakki Papai.... repeated several times
Papai = Papaya (fruit).
  • Chacha nay Chachi ko chandi kay chamchay mai chanay ki chatni chatai. Chachi nay chatni ko chata aur Chacha ko chata lagaya.
  • Peetal ke patile mein paka hua papita
:पीतल के पतीले में पका हुआ पपीता

A papaya being cooked in a bronze vessel(translation)

  • rotti kha ke potti jaau,ya potti ja ke rotti khau.

Hungarian[edit]

  • Fekete bikapata kopog a pepita patikaköveken.
A black bull's hooves are clattering on a checkered pharmacy's flagstones.
  • A vonaton egy őrült, mellette egy őr ült. Örült az őrült, hogy mellette egy őr ült.
On the train, a lunatic; next to him a guard sat. The lunatic was happy that a guard sat by him.
  • Öt török öt görögöt dögönyöz örökös örömök között. listen (help·info)
Five Turks are massaging [or beating up] five Greeks amid everlasting delights.
  • Szerb húsz, öt cseh, öt török öt görög, öt a földön hömpörög, hány ember?
Serbs twenty, five Czechs, five Turks, five Greeks, five rolling on the ground, how many men?
The trick here is that "Szerb húsz, öt cseh" and "Szervusz öccse!" (meaning "Hello little brother!") are phonetic (near-) homonyms (when spoken quickly, and without carefully enunciating, the former sounds much like the latter). Using the latter interpretation - and thereby losing count of twenty Serbs and five Czechs in favour of a perceived greeting - the answer is fifteen, whereas the correct answer (which includes the twenty-five men mistaken for the greeting) is forty.
  • Mit sütsz, kis szűcs? Sós húst sütsz, kis szűcs?
What are you frying, little furrier? Are you frying salted meat, little furrier?
  • Te tetted e tettetett tettet? Te tettetett tettek tettese, te!
You did this pretended deed? You pretended-deeds doer, you!
  • Két pék két szép kék képet kér.
Two bakers ask for two nice blue pictures.
  • Megrövidebbítendő.
To be shortened. (The trick is that many will tend to pronounce a double "t" after the "í", instead of the double "b" in front of it, or, if they get that part right, the long "í" itself becomes difficult to pronounce.)
  • Azt mondják a hatalmasok, hogy akinek hat alma sok, az már elég hatalmas ok, hogy ne legyen hatalma sok.
So say the mighty ones, that whoever thinks six apples many, that's a mighty reason already, that he shan't have power aplenty.
  • Nem minden tarka fajta szarka farka tarkabarka, csak a tarkabarka fajta szarkafajta farka tarkabarka.
Not every colourful kind of magpie's tail is motley, only the motley kind of magpie-kind's tail is motley.
  • Megszentségteleníthetetlenségeskedéseitekért (This is often thought of as the longest Hungarian word.)
(most exact possible meaning) For your constant mentioning of the fact that [something] is unprofanable [cannot be profaned/desecrated](approximate) For the impossibility of you [plural] committing multiple acts of desecration.
(tentative).
  • A similar word is "Elkelkáposztásítottalaníthatatlaníttathatnátok!" (Largely meaningless word, never used in spoken language.)
You [plural] would have removed from some savoy-cabbage containing thing.
  • A shorter, simpler, and still relatively easy to pronounce and comprehend for native Hungarian speakers, would be "Elkelkáposztásítottalaníthatatlanítottátok".
You[plural] have made it impossible to make it devoid of (or deprive it of) savoy-cabbage (of an unspecified meal or dish, presumedly...).
  • An even shorter version, which children have been heard pronouncing - merely for its entertainment value, at times, though it has been witnessed as being used, teasingly, against spoilsports and those deemed to be clumsy, to reproach them (individually or as a group) for their careless or mean-spirited act of spoiling the fun, ruining a joke, 'sucking the life out of a party', etc.:
    "Elkáposztásítottalanítottátok!" (plural form, i.e. directed at more than one person) and "Elkáposztásítottalanítottad!" (singular, obviously targeted at a single individual)
You [plural or singular, respectively] have deprived of "cabbaginess" that which has been made cabbagy! (Approximate meaning, of course, even after careful re-interpretation following dissection of the word - though a close approximation, at that. The missing part from the translations - in all of the above cases involving cabbage - is that, although not expressed, the thing in question was meant and desired to be, it was purposely made cabbagy - in spite of the length of these words, that added meaning is only inferred.)
  • Legeslegmegszentségteleníttethetetlenebbeiteknek (48 letters)
For to those of you who can the very least be made desecrated.(also meaningless, never used word)
  • Széttöredezettségmentesítőtleníttethetetlekedhetnétek. (65 letters)
"you [plural] could constantly mention the lack [eg. a software or disc] that makes it impossible to have anyone make something free of a defragmenter"
  • Egy kupac kopasz kukac meg még egy kupac kopasz kukac az két kupac kopasz kukac.
A pile of bald maggots and another pile of bald maggots make two piles of bald maggots.
  • Jamaika a jamaikaiaké.
Jamaica belongs to the Jamaicans.
  • A szecsuáni síncsiszoló sínt csiszol Szecsuánban.
The rail-polisher of Sichuan polishes rails in Sichuan.
  • Lenin alumíniummauzóleumának lelinóleumozása.
Linoleuming Lenin's Mausoleum, made of aluminium.
  • Az ibafai papnak fapipája van, ezért az ibafai papi pipa papi fapipa.
The priest of Ibafa has a wooden pipe, so the priestly pipe of Ibafa is a priestly wooden pipe.
  • Ede, de bedezodoroztad magad!
Edward, you've put on quite a bit of deodorant!
  • De bebetadinoztátok!
You (guys) have used quite a lot of Betadine (cream) on it!
  • Stresszes, strasszos strucc-sztreccscucc.
Stressing, rhinestone-studded spandex clothes for ostriches (or clothes with ostrich design).
  • Csinos, csíkos cinkcsészében kilenc cukros csirkecomb.
Nine sugar-sprinkled chicken legs in a pretty, striped zinc cup.
  • Egy picike pocakú picike pocok pocakon pöckölt egy picike pocakú picike pockot, mire a pocakon pöckölt, picike pocakú pocok pocakon pöckölte az őt pocakon pöckölő, picike pocakú pockot. listen (help·info)
A tiny vole with a tiny tummy flipped a tiny vole with a tiny tummy on the tummy, at which the vole with a tiny tummy flipped on the tummy flipped the vole with a tiny tummy on the tummy who flipped him on the tummy.
  • Q: Hogy hívták a híres lengyel tábornokot? A: Lompompolevimenicki Szaniszló!
Q: What was the name of the famous Polish general? A: Szaniszló Lompompolevimenicki! (It is a test for drunkenness.)
  • Láttam szőrös hörcsögöt. Éppen szörpöt szörcsögött. Ha a hörcsög szörpöt szörcsög, rátörnek a hörcsöggörcsök.
I saw a hairy hamster. It was sipping syrup. When a hamster sips syrup, it'll be seized by hamster-cramps.
  • Cserszömörcés sört szürcsöl Csörsz.
Csörsz is sipping smoketree beer.
  • Legkedvesebb megegészségesedésedre! (the second word is a nonce word)
For your kindest healthy-getting!
  • Agostyánban agg atyák a gatyáikat aggatják.
Aged fathers [monks] in Agostyán are hanging their briefs.
  • Jobb egy lúdnyak két tyúknyaknál.
It's better to have a goose-neck than having two hen-necks.
  • A Moszkvics-slusszkulcs luxusszükséglet.
Moskvitch ignition keys are luxury goods.
  • Minden kiskakas kikukorékolásáig él. (the third word is a nonce word)
Every cockerel lives until they cockadoodledoo their last.
  • Meggymag! Szelídmeggymag vagy, vagy vadmeggymag vagy?
Sour cherry seed: are you a seed of a wild [uncultivated] sour cherry or a seed of a tame [cultivated] sour cherry?
  • Szükségem sincs szájsebészre.
I don't even need an oral surgeon.
  • Répa, retek, mogyoró. Korán reggel ritkán rikkant a rigó.
Carrot, radish, hazelnut. Thrushes rarely whistle early in the morning.
  • Sárga bögre, görbe bögre.
Yellow mug, crooked mug.
  • Rokkó, a rumos rabló rácsapott egy ragyogó drágakő-rakományra, de rettentő rémesen ráfaragott.
Rocco, the rum-covered robber ambushed a glistening cargo of jewels, but took terribly terrible knock.
  • Lali, a lila ló elalél.
Lali, the purple horse, swoons.
  • A nagypapa papagája a papa papagájának a papája.
The grandfather's parrot is the father's parrot's father.
  • A kotyogó klotyó felé totyog a vén, motyogó lotyó, de késő, mert a rotyogó gatyóból potyog a motyó.
The old, muttering slut is toddling towards the gurgling loo, but it's too late because the stuff is already dropping from the seething knickers.
  • Meguntam gyönyörű Győrnek gyöngyvárában laktomat, mert a Duna, Rába, Rábca rákja rágja lábomat.
I grew tired of living in the beautiful pearl-castle of Győr, because the crabs of Duna, Rába, Rábca are gnawing on my leg.
  • Gyere, Gyuri, Győrbe, győri gyufagyárba, gyufát gyújtogatni.
Come, Gyuri (Georgie), to Győr, to the match-factory in Győr, to light matches.
  • Száz szaúdi zsoldos szétszadizta Szaddám Huszein északi szomszédai szeszcsempészeinek kisszegmensét.
A hundred Saudi mercenaries wildly violated Saddam Hussein's northern neighbours' alcohol smugglers' small contingent.

See also: Nyelvtörő

Icelandic[edit]

  • Hnoðri úr norðri verður að veðri þó síðar verði.
A northern cloud will be weather in the end. The different order of r and ð make it hard not to mix them up.
  • Árni á Á á á á beit (við á).
Árni (name) on the farm Á (means river) owns a sheep which's biting grass (by a river).
  • Stebbi stóð á ströndu og var að troða strý, en strý var ekki troðið nema Stebbi træði strý. Eintreður Stebbi strý, tvítreður Stebbi strý, þrítreður Stebbi strý...
Stebbi (malename) stood on the beach, stuffing straw, but straw can't be stuffed except if Stebbi stuffs straw. Once Stebbi stuffs straw, twice Stebbi stuffs straw, thrice Stebbi stuffs straw...
  • Frank Zappa í svampfrakka.
Frank Zappa in a sponge coat.
  • Rómverskur riddari réðst inn í Rómarborg, rændi þar og ruplaði rabbabara og rjóma. Hvað eru mörg R í því?
A Roman knight invaded into Rome, robbed and rumbled rubarb and cream. How many R are in that? Also intended as a riddle, asking how many R's are in that. When the answer 15 is replied it is considered wrong, as there is no R in the word that.
  • Barbara Ara bar Ara araba bara rabbabara.
Barbara Ara (Barbara, the daughter of Ari) brought only rubarb to Ari the Arab. Note how the sentence consists entirely of the three letters A, B and R.
  • Það fer að verða verra ferðaveðrið
The travel weather is about to get worse.The different order of r and ð make it hard not to mix them up.
  • Það er langur gangur fyrir hann svanga Manga að bera þang í fangi fram á langa tanga.
It's a long walk for the hungry Mangi (name) to carry seaweed in his arms over the long spit.
  • Barði barði Barða á Barði.
Barði (name) pinched Barði (name) at the farm Barð.

Indonesian[edit]

  • Ular lapar melingkar-lingkar di pagar bundar-bundar.
A hungry snake rounds at the fence circularly.
  • Saya sebal sama situ sebab situ suka senyum-senyum sama suami saya sehingga sekarang suami saya suka senyum-senyum sendiri sembari sama saya.
I hate you because you used to smile at my husband; now he likes to smile for no obvious reason when he is with me.
  • Kutuku butuh tubuhku, tapi tubuhku tak butuh kutuku. Kukutuk-kutuk tubuh kutuku.
My lice needs my body, but my body doesn't need my lice. I curse my lice's body.
  • Kucing kuning kencing. (repeated)
Yellow cat pees.
  • Bila Bili boleh balik ke Bali, Bili boleh beli bola-bola bulat.
When Billy can go back to Bali, Billy can buy round balls.
  • Jangan coba-coba cium cucu-cucuku kalau cuma mau cium cucu-cucuku cuma-cuma.
Don't kiss my grandchildren if (you) just want to kiss my grandchildren for free.

Javanese

  • Kala kula kelas kalih, kula kilak kalo kalih kuli-kuli kula, kalo kula kéli, kali kilén kula, kalo kula kampul-kampul, kula kelap kelip kala-kala keling-keling.
When I was in the 2nd grade, I bought kalo with my servant, my kalo's down to the river, the river west of my home, my kalo's flowing in the river, I use my eyes when the kalo is looking.
  • Piting njengking ning jedhing kecokot luwing mlayu pontang-panting.
A crab squats with its bottom facing up, in the toilet, bitten by a centipede, and runs helter-skelter.
  • Kalim klelep klagep klagep, klawe klawe merga klambine keli.
Kalim drowned, gasped, and waved his hand because his shirt drifted by the river flow.

Madurese

  • Badha beddena bedde' bedde.
There's a torn pack of cosmetic powder.

Irish[edit]

  • Ná bac le mac an bhacaigh is ní bhacfaidh mac an bhacaigh leat.
Don't bother the lame man's son, and the lame man's son won't bother you.
  • Bhí banjó ag Joe, agus bhí banjó ag bean Joe - b'fhearr go deo Joe ar an mbanjó ná bean Joe go deo.
Joe had a banjo, and Joe's wife had a banjo - Joe was much better on the banjo than Joe's wife (deo, banjó and Joe all rhyme, and "bean Joe" sounds the same as banjó)

Italian[edit]

See also: Italian tongue twisters
  • Un pezzo di pizza che puzza nel pozzo del pazzo di pezza.
A piece of pizza that stinks in the well of the ragged fool.
  • Sopra la panca la capra campa, sotto la panca la capra crepa
On the bench, the goat lives, under the bench the goat dies
  • Apelle, figlio di Apollo, fece una palla di pelle di pollo. Tutti i pesci vennero a galla, per vedere la palla di pelle di pollo fatta da Apelle, figlio di Apollo.
Apelle, son of Apollo, made a ball out of chicken skin. All the fishes came to the surface to see the ball made of chicken skin by Apelle, son of Apollo.
  • Tre tigri contro tre tigri, tre tigri contro tre tigri ...
Three tigers against three tigers ... (ad nauseam)
  • Trentatre trentini entrarono a Trento tutti e trentatre trotterellando
Thirty-three Trentines did enter in Trento trotting all thirty-three
  • Se l'arcivescovo di Costantinopoli si disarcivescoviscostantinopolizzasse, ti disarcivescoviscostantinopolizzeresti anche tu?
If the archbishop of Constantinople un-archbishop-of-Constantinople-ized himself, would you un-archbishop-of-Constantinople-ize too?
  • Tre fette di fegato fritto in tre strette tasche stanno
Three slices of fried liver are in three tight poaches

Milan dialect

  • Tì che te tacchet i tacch, taccom i tacch! Mi taccatt i tacch a tì? Taccheti tì i to tacch, tì che te tacchet i tacch!
phonetic: [ti ke te taket i tak takum i tak mi takat i tak a ti taketi ti i to tak ti ke te taket i tak]
You, who's job is to stick on heels (to a shoe), stick my heels on! I should stick the heels for you? Stick your own heels since you stick heels on

Japanese[edit]

  • Uriuri ga uri uri ni kite uri urezu uriuri kaeru uriuri no koe.(瓜売りが瓜売りに来て瓜売れず売り売り帰る瓜売りの声。)
A melon seller came to sell melons but no melon was sold. A voice of melon seller [is heard], who goes back, selling melons.
  • Basu gasu bakuhatsu.(バスガス爆発。)
Bus gas explosion.
  • Tōkyō tokkyo kyoka kyoku.(東京特許許可局。)
Tokyo Patent Licensing Office (No such office exists.)
  • Kisha no kisha wa kisha de kisha.(貴社の記者は汽車で帰社。)
Your company's reporter is returning to the office by steam train.
  • Nama mugi nama gome nama tamago.(生麦生米生卵)
Raw barley, raw rice, raw egg.
  • Niwa ni wa niwa niwatori ga iru.(庭には二羽鶏がいる。)
There are two chickens in the garden.
  • Niwa no niwa ni wa, niwa no niwatori wa niwaka ni wani o tabeta.(にわの庭には、二羽の鶏はにわかにわにを食べた。)
In (Mr.) Niwa's garden, two chickens suddenly ate a crocodile.
  • Tonari no kyaku wa yoku kaki kū kyaku da.(隣の客はよく柿食う客だ。)
The guest beside me is a guest who often eats persimmons.
  • Bōzu ga byōbu ni jōzu ni bōzu no e o kaita.(坊主が屏風に上手に坊主の絵を書いた。)
A monk skillfully drew a picture of a monk on a folding screen.
  • Sumomo mo momo mo momo no uchi.(すももも桃も桃のうち。)
Plums and peaches are in the peach family [of fruits].
  • Buta wa buta no uta o utau.(豚は豚の歌を歌う。)
The pig sings the pig's song.

Khmer[edit]

  • kyoum klach kla kmum prous vea klean kam kyoum.
ខ្ញុំខ្លាចខ្លាឃ្មុំព្រោះវាឃ្លានខាំខ្ញុំ។
I am afraid of the bear because it is hungry and wants to bite me.
  • Ping peang pi poun por peak por pun pong penh prey.
ពីងពាងពីរពាន់ពពាក់ពពួនពងពាសពេញព្រៃ។
Two thousands spiders are gathering more and more to lay eggs all over everywhere in the forest.

Korean[edit]

  • Ganjanggongjang gongjangjang-eun Jang gongjangjang-igo doenjanggongjang gongjangjang-eun Gang gongjangjang-ida. (간장공장 공장장은 장 공장장이고 된장공장 공장장은 강 공장장이다.) listen (help·info)
The manager of the soy sauce factory is Manager Jang and the manager of the soy paste factory is Manager Gang.
  • Gyeongchalcheong soechangsal oecheolchangsal, geomchalcheong soechangsal ssangcheolchangsal (경찰청 쇠창살 외철창살, 검찰청 쇠창살 쌍철창살)
The police headquarters' iron window bar (has) single-layer iron bars; the public prosecutor's office's iron window bar (has) double-layered iron bars.
  • An chokchokhan chokochip nara-e saldeon an chokchokhan chokochibi chokchokhan chokochip nara-ui chokchokhan chokochibeul bogo chokchokhan chokochibi doego sipeoseo chokchokhan chokochip nara-e ganneunde chokchokhan chokochip nara-ui munjigiga "neon chokchokhan chokochibi anigo an chokchokhan chokochibinikka an chokchokhan chokochip nara-eseo sara" rago haeseo an chokchokhan chokochibeun chokchokhan chokochibi doeneun geoseul pogihago anchokchokhan chokochip nararo dora gatda. (안촉촉한 초코칩 나라에 살던 안촉촉한 초코칩이 촉촉한 초코칩 나라의 촉촉한 초코칩을 보고 촉촉한 초코칩이 되고 싶어서 촉촉한 초코칩 나라에 갔는데 촉촉한 초코칩 나라의 문지기가 "넌 촉촉한 초코칩이 아니고 안촉촉한 초코칩이니까 안촉촉한 초코칩 나라에서 살아"라고해서 안촉촉한 초코칩은 촉촉한 초코칩이 되는것을 포기하고 안촉촉한 초코칩 나라로 돌아갔다.) listen (help·info)
A non-moist chocolate chip cookie that lived in non-moist chocolate chip cookie land saw a moist chocolate chip cookie from moist chocolate chip cookie land and wanted to become a moist chocolate chip cookie and so went to moist chocolate chip cookie land, but the gate-keeper of moist chocolate chip cookie land said, "You are not a moist chocolate chip cookie, but a non-moist chocolate chip cookie, so live in non-moist chocolate chip cookie land," so the non-moist chocolate chip cookie gave up on becoming a moist chocolate chip cookie and went back to non-moist chocolate chip cookie land.
  • Jeobuneun baekbeophakbaksaigo ibuneun bakbeophakbaksaida. (저 분은 백 법학박사이고 이 분은 박 법학박사이다.)
That is Mr. Baek, a doctor of laws, and this is Mr. Park, also a doctor of laws.

Latin[edit]

  • Summergimurne?
Are we sinking?
  • O, Tite, tute, Tati, tibi tanta tyranne tulisti!
O you tyrant, Titus Tatius; such things you made happen! (By the poet Ennius)
  • Si itis cum Iesuitis, non cum Iesu itis.
If you go with the Jesuits, you are not going with Jesus.
  • Te te, ro Ro, ma ma, nu nu, da da, te te, la la, te te!
    (properly: Te tero, Roma, manu nuda, date tela, latete!)
I will destroy you, Rome, with my bare hands, arm yourselves and hide!
  • In mari meri miri mori muri necesse est.
In a sea of delightful wine a mouse may only die.
  • Mimi numinum niuium minimi munium nimium uini muniminum imminui uiui minimum uolunt.
The smallest mimes of the gods of snow do not wish at all in their life that the great duty of the defences of the wine be diminished.

Latvian[edit]

  • Šaursliežu dzelzceļš
Narrow gauge railroad
  • Šis žagaru saišķis ir mans žagaru saišķis.
This bundle of sticks is my bundle of sticks.
  • Kas to kociņ` apkapāja ?
Who chopped that little tree? (must be pronounced as fast as possible)
  • Strēbu stipru pupu putru
I gulped hard bean porridge (must be pronounced as fast as possible)

Lithuanian[edit]

  • Šešios žąsys su šešiais žąsyčiais
Six geese with six goslings
  • Geri vyrai geroj girioj gerą girą gerdami gyrė
Good guys in good forest drank good kvass while praising it.

Malay[edit]

  • كاكقكو كات كوكو كاكي كيريكو كاكو؛ كوكيكيس-كيكيس كوكو كاكي كيريكو
Kakakku kata kuku kaki kiriku kaku; kukikis-kikis kuku kaki kiriku
My sister says my left toenail is numb; I scrape my left toenail
  • بوايا بواي بياوق
Buaya buai biawak (repeated)
A Crocodile cradle a monitor lizard
  • بياوق بياي بوايا
Biawak biaya buaya (repeated)
A monitor lizard costs a crocodile
  • چوک، کيچڤ
Cuka, kicap (repeated)
Vinegar, soy sauce
  • لوري لالو، لالـڠ لايو
Lori lalu, lalang layu (repeated)
(When) the lorry passes by, the lallang withers
  • اولر لاري لوروس
Ular lari lurus (repeated)
The snake runs straightly

Rather nonsensical, but the fun lies in trying to pronounce the words without faltering. Even the most proficient native speakers of Malay stumble after only two or three attempts.

Maltese[edit]

  • Ħija tani ħawħa u qalli: "Ħa, ħi, ħudu u ħawilla fil-ħamrija ħamra taħt il-ħitan ta'Ħararaw".
My brother gave me a peach and said to me : "Here, brother, take it and plant it in the red soil under the walls of Hararaw" (archaic name for the village of Għargħur).
  • Toni tagħna tani tina talli tajtu tuta tajba.

Trid tarah lil Toni tagħna tiela’ it-tela tat-Tintillu. ‘Ta’ Toni, tin tlieta tonn. Tatinix tonn tinten, tin tonn tajjeb, ta’ Ton.’

Our Tony gave me a round fig,

because I gave him a good berry. You should see our Tony going up the Tintillu hill. 'Hey Ton, give me 3 tuna fish. Don't give me smelly tuna, give me good tuna, please Ton.' (Not proper English if translated directly from Maltese to English).

Marathi[edit]

  • कच्चा पापड, पक्का पापड (repeated)
Cooked lentil wafer, raw lentil wafer
  • चटईला टाचणी टोचली
The mattress was pricked with a pin
  • लुळी मुले बाळे
Handicapped children and babies
  • चिंचाची चटणी (The 2nd and 4th 'ch' sounds are pronounced as 'ts', something difficult for a non-Marathi speaker.)
Tamarind Chutney
  • काका काकूवर कावले कारण काल काकूने काकांचे कचेरीच्या कामाचे कागद कपाटातून काढून कोऱ्या कातरीने कराकरा कापले. (Each word in this sentence begins with K)
Uncle got angry at Aunty because yesterday Aunty took Uncle's legal papers from the cupboard and cut them with a pair of brand new scissors and they went, Karaa...Karaa...
  • दढद
daDhad (This Marathi word, which means 'difficult', is quite difficult to pronounce)
  • कॢप्ती
klR^uptI (This Marathi word means 'idea'. Seldom used, most people use युक्ती (yuktI), I wonder why (Because meaning of former word is a naughty idea.))
  • चिंचवडच्या चिंतोपंत चिकट्यांकडे चैत्रातल्या चतुर्थीला चंदु चोराने चांदिचे चार चमचे चोरले. चंदु चोर चपळईने चौकातल्या चिंचेवर चढला. चाणाक्श चिंतोपंतांनी चटकन चिंचेवर चढुन चंदु चोराला चोपत चोपत चावडीकडे चालवले. (Each word in this sentence begins with 'Ch')
Chandu thieve theft four silver spoons from Chintopant Chikate, the person lived in Chinchwad. After stealing spoons, Chandu ran away and climbed up on tamarind tree at four way. Clever Chintopant caught Chandu and walked him to police station.
  • खड़क सिँह के खड़कने से खड़कती हैँ खिड़कियाँ, खिड़कियोँ के खड़कने से खड़कते हैँ खड़क सिँह।
Khadak Singh kay khadaknay say khadakti hain khidkiyaan, khidkiyoun kay khadaknay say Khadakta hai Khadak Singh.
If Khadak Singh (Name) is angry then the windows will shake, if the windows shakes then Khadak Singh will become angry.

Norwegian[edit]

  • Djerv bjergdvergbjerk
Brave dwarf mountain birch
  • Ibsens ripsbusker og andre buskvekster
The redcurrant bushes of Ibsen and other bushy trees
  • Veggpapp, takpapp, tapet
Wall board, ceiling board, wallpaper
  • Upoppa popcorn, papp og papir
Unpopped popcorn, cardboard and paper (Especially difficult for speakers of East and Central dialects, because the stress on "papir" makes it sound just like "papp")
  • Stekt torsk, kokt torsk
Fried cod, cooked cod
  • E det dét det e? Det e dét det e.
Is that what it is? That is what it is (Many dialects, excluding Eastern ones)
  • Æ e i A! Æ e i A æ å!
I am in (school) class A! I am in class A too! (Central and Northern Norwegian dialect, considered difficult for both non-native speakers and other Norwegians because of the complicated pitch of the sentence)

Southern Norway too! Typical to the town of Kristiansand.

Persian[edit]

In Persian English Translation Note
قوری گل قرمزی A red teapot with red flowers painted on it Is difficult to pronounce in Persian if repeated back to back for a couple of times
شیش سیخ جیگر، سیخی شیش هزار Six skewer full of Kebab, each costs 6 thousand [currency unit is not mentioned]
سربازی سر بازی سرسره بازی سر سربازی را شکست A soldier broke another soldier's head during playing with a slide
کشتم شپش شپش کش شش پا را I killed the Louse that had 6 feet and was a louse killer itself

Polish[edit]

Polish tongue-twisters
Original Translation Example Notes
W Szczebrzeszynie chrząszcz brzmi w trzcinie,
I Szczebrzeszyn z tego słynie,
Wół go pyta, “Panie chrząszczu,
Po cóż pan tak brzęczy w gąszczu?”
In [the town of] Szczebrzeszyn a beetle buzzes in the reed,
For which Szczebrzeszyn is famous.
An ox asks him: "Mister cricket,
Why are you buzzing in the bushes?
listen (help·info) 1
To cóż że ze Szwecji So what that it's from Sweden? listen (help·info)
Ząb, zupa zębowa. Dąb, zupa dębowa. A tooth, a teeth soup. An oak, an oak soup. 2
Spod czeskich strzech szło Czechów trzech Three Czechs came from where Czech thatches are. listen (help·info)
Szedł Sasza suchą szosą, suszył sobie spodnie. Sasza (name) was going along a dry road while drying his trousers. listen (help·info)
Stół z powyłamywanymi nogami A table with legs broken out Stol bez nog.ogg (help·info)
Wyindywidualizowaliśmy się z rozentuzjazmowanego tłumu. We isolated ourselves from the enthusiastic crowd. listen (help·info) 3
Król Karol kupił królowej Karolinie korale koloru koralowego. King Charles bought for Queen Charlotte coral-coloured corals. listen (help·info) 4
Grzegorz Brzęczyszczykiewicz (a name) 5
Jola lojalna i Jola nielojalna Loyal Yola and disloyal Yola 6
Przyszedł Herbst z pstrągami i słuchał oszczerstw z wstrętem przeszukując otwory w strzelnicy. Herbst came with the trouts and he started to listen to calumnies while repulsively searching through the holes in the firing ground.
Czy tata czyta cytaty Tacyta? Does dad read quotations from Tacitus?
Raki raczkują po rabarbarowych wzgórzach, mijając stół z powyłamywanymi nogami, należącego do pana Szczebrzeszyńczyszczykiewicza ze Szczebrzeszyny, małej wiochy nad szosą suchą w czasie suszy. Crabs crawl over rhubarb coloured hills, passing by the table with broken legs belonging to Mr. Szczebrzeszynczyszczykiewicz from Szczebrzeszyn, a small village by a dry road during a drought.

Notes:

  1. The most popular Polish tongue-twister, these are the first two lines from Chrząszcz, a poem by Jan Brzechwa, in which almost all of the consonants make some kind of buzzing noise. Often, only the first line is used, which is hard enough as a tongue-twister.
  2. In a fast speech the latter mention of oak soup (zupa dębowa) is often mispronounced as dupa, a slightly vulgar word in Polish.
  3. The phonemes themselves are not difficult to pronounce, but long words (the first one has 11 syllables) make accents rare, resulting in flat, accentless, robotic speech. Note, that it is much easier to read it, than to repeat it by ear.
  4. The k, r, and l letters are used as often in the full phrase as in the last three words of the English translation (which themselves work almost as well as in Polish).
  5. This is a fictitious though possible full name in Polish, from the 1969 Polish comedy How I Unleashed World War II (Jak rozpętałem drugą wojnę światową) directed by Tadeusz Chmielewski, where it was used by the main character to confuse Gestapo officers asking for his name. When asked about his birthplace he replied with gmina Chrząszczyżeboszyce, powiat Łęgołody (commune Chrząszczyżeboszyce in the powiat of Łęgołody), which is even harder to pronounce.
  6. This one works almost as well in English translation.

Portuguese[edit]

  • Po pô pó? Po pô! (Mineiro dialect)
May I add powder? Yes, you may!
  • Sabia que o sábia sabiá sabia assobiar?
Did you know that the wise robin knew how to whistle?
  • Três pratos de trigo para três tigres tristes (repeated)
Three plates of wheat for three sad tigers
  • Um tigre, dois tigres, três tigres (quickly).
One tiger, two tigers, three tigers.
  • Três tigres tristes trituram três pratos de trigo.
Three sad tigers triturate three wheat plates.
  • O rato roeu a rolha da garrafa de rum do rei da Rússia.
The mouse gnawed the cork of the bottle of rum of the king of Russia.
  • O rato roeu a roupa do rei de Roma.
The mouse gnawed the clothes of the king of Rome.
  • O rato roer roía e, a Rosa Rita Ramalho, do rato a roer se ria!
The mouse gnaw gnawed and, Rosa Rita Ramalho, of the mouse that gnaws laughs!
  • A preá prenha procurou proteção e protegeu praticamente todos os primeiros preazinhos.
The pregnant Brazilian Guinea Pig looked for protection and protected practically all of the first little guinea pigs.
  • A pia pinga, o pinto pia, pinga a pia, pia o pinto, o pinto perto da pia, a pia perto do pinto.
The sink drips, the young chicken chirps, drips the sink, chirps the young chicken, the young chicken close to the sink, the sink close to the young chicken.
  • O Papa papa o papo do pato.
The Pope eats the duck's crop.
  • Pedro tem o peito preto. Preto é o peito de Pedro. Quem disser que o peito de Pedro não é preto, tem o peito mais preto que o peito de Pedro.
Peter has the black chest. Black is the chest of Peter. Who says that the chest of Peter is not black, has the chest more black than the chest of Peter.
  • O peito do pé de Pedro é preto.
The top of Peter's foot is black.
  • Pedreiro da catedral está aqui o padre Pedro? - Qual padre Pedro? - O padre Pedro Pires Pisco Pascoal. - Aqui na catedral tem três padres Pedros Pires Piscos Pascoais. Como em outras catedrais.
Mason of the cathedral is the priest Peter here? - Which priest Peter? - the priest Peter Pires Pisco Pascoal. - Here in the cathedral it has three priests Peters Pires Piscos Pascoais. As in other cathedrals.
  • A aranha arranha a rã, a rã arranha a aranha.
The spider scratches the frog, the frog scratches the spider.
  • Parede suja, chão sujo.
Dirty wall, dirty soil.
  • Um ninho de mafagafos, com cinco mafagafinhos, quem os desmafagafizar, bom desmafagafizador será.
A mafagafo nest, with five little mafagafos - he who demafagafizes them, will be a good demafagafizer

Romanian[edit]

In Romanian tongue-twisters are called "frământări de limbă".

  • Capra neagră-n piatra sare, piatra crapă-n patru, crapă capul caprei negre precum piatra crapă-n patru. Piatra crapă capul caprei în patru, cum a crăpat şi capra piatra-n patru.
The goat jumps on the stone, the stone splits in four, may the goat's head split as the stone splits in four. The stone splits the goat's head in four, as the goat had split the stone in four too.
  • Capra calcă piatra. Piatra crapă-n patru. Crăpa-i-ar capul caprei cum a crăpat ea piatra-n patru.
The goat walks on the stone. The stone breaks in four. I wish the goat's head would break, as did the stone in four.
  • Capra neagră calcă-n piatra, piatra mare crapă-n patru. Aşa să crape capul caprei, cum a crăpat piatra-n patru.
The goat walks on the stone, the big stone splits in four. So may the goat's head split, as it split the stone in four.
  • S-a suit capra pe piatra şi a spart-o-n patru, de s-ar sparge capul caprei ca şi piatra-n patru.
The goat climbed on the stone and broke it in four pieces, may the goat's head break as the stone in four.
  • Piatra crapă capra, capra crapă piatra.
The stone breaks the goat, the goat breaks the stone.
  • Bucură-te cum s-a bucurat Bucuroaia de bucuria lui Bucurel când s-a întors bucuros de la Bucureşti.
Enjoy yourself like Bucuroaia enjoyed the joy of Bucurel when he returned joyful from Bucharest.
  • Retevei de tei pe mirişte de mei.
Linden cudgel on millet stubble.
  • Ciritei de tei pe mirişte de mei.
Linden bush on millet stubble.
  • Saşiul stă pe şasiu şi şuşoteşte.
The cross-eyed stays on the chassis and whispers.
  • Prin Vulturi vântul viu vuia.
In Vulturi the wind was strongly howling.
  • Stanca stă-n castan ca Stan.
Stanca is sitting in a chestnut tree like Stan.
  • Şase sute şaizeci şi şase de saşi în şase sute şaizeci şi şase de saci.
Six hundred sixty-six Saxons in six hundred sixty-six sacks
  • Şase saşi saşii soseau pe o şosea în şase saci.
Six squinting Saxons arrived on a road in six bags
  • Şase saşi cosaşi cos şase saci săseşti.
Six Saxon sewers sew six Saxon sacks.
  • Şapte sape late jos şi alte şaptezeci şi şapte de sape late-n spate.
Seven broad hoes down and another seventy-seven broad hoes on the back.
  • Doisprezece cocostârci pe casa lui Kogălniceanu.
Twelve storks on Kogălniceanu's house.
  • Cerce cei ce cer cercei.
  • Oaia aia e a ei, eu i-o iau.
That sheep is hers, I take it.
  • Domnule Dudău, dă-mi două dude din dudul dumitale de dincolo de drum.
Mr Dudău, give me two mulberries from your mulberry tree from over there by the road.
  • Domnule Dudescu, daţi-mi două dude din dudul dumneavoastră de dincolo de drumul dinspre Dudeşti.
Mr Dudescu, give me two mulberries from your mulberry tree from over there by the road from Dudeşti.
  • Dirijabilul descreştea depărtându-se. Distanţa dela depozitul de demaraj devenea deosebit de demonstrativă. Damian dormita. Decând dorea dânsul deplasări diabolice. Dogoreala dumnezeiască daurea deşertul dedesubtul dirijabilului... (Grigore Cugler: "Drumul dragostei")
  • Fata fostului funcţionar francez fierbe fasolea fără foc fiindcă focul face fum.
The girl of the past French official boils the bean without fire as fire makes smoke.
  • Vara, vineri-de-vineri, venerabilul veteran vrâncean, Vartolomeu Velisarie-Vulturescu vinde vanitos, vechi vindiacuri vătuite, veroşilor vânători vasluieni, vociferând vehement validitatea vânării vulpilor vârstnice.
  • Un vultur stă pe pisc c-un pix în plisc.
An eagle sits on a mountaintop with a pen in its beak.
  • Cel ce ştie că nu ştie ştie mai mult decât cel ce nu ştie că nu ştie.
The one who knows that he doesn't know knows more than the one who doesn't know that he doesn't know.
  • Pe cap un capac, pe capac un ac.
On the head a lid, on the lid a needle.
  • Cupă cu capac, capac cu cupă.
Cup with lid, lid with cup.
  • Dă-mi un pic de Pic să pic pe picătura de pe plic.
  • E pestriţă prepeliţa pestriţă, dar mai pestriţi sunt puii prepeliţei pestriţe din neamul prepeliţelor pestriţe.
  • E pestriţă prepeliţa pestriţă, dar mai pestriţi sunt puii prepeliţei pestriţe.
The mottled quail is mottled but the little quail chickens are more mottled than the mottled quail.
  • O găină porumbacă în porumbar s-a urcat. În porumbar, porumbaca, tot porumbul l-a mâncat.
  • Hrib fiert, hrib fript, hrib nefript, hrib nefiert, tot una-i.
  • Când mă gândesc că te gândeşti la mine, gândeşte-te că mă gândesc că te gândeşti la mine.
  • Ştiu că ştiu şi mai ştiu că ştiuca-i peşte. Ştiu că ştii că ştiuca-i peşte, dar mai ştiu că ştiuca-i ştiucă.
  • O babă bălană mănâncă o banană babană.
A blonde old lady eats a huge banana.
  • Într-o zi am visat că visam, şi în visul visului visam că visam.
  • Pimpirel cu pila lungă, şi-a pilit pila pe pungă. Punga-n pilă, pila-n pungă, Pimpirel cu pila lungă !
  • Eu pup poala popii, popa pupă poala mea.
I kiss the priest’s skirt, the priest kisses my coat’s skirt. (It's easy to mispronounce the word "poala" as "pula", a trivial word denoting the male sexual organ.)
  • La curbe şinele trosnesc.
At the curb, the rails thunder; ambiguous: at the bottom farts thunder.
  • De ce-ai zis tu c-am zis eu c-a zis ăla nu stiu ce? N-am zis şi-ai zis c-am zis; când oi zice tot oi zice, ca să zici c-am zis c-oi zice.
  • Nici n-a zis şi zici c-am zis, când oi zice chiar oi zice ca să zici c-am zis ce-oi zice.
  • Tot ce-am zis c-am zis c-oi zice. Dar de zis eu n-am mai zis; Nici n-am zis, nici n-oi mai zice c-am să zic c-am zis c-oi zice !
  • Toată lumea are nare numai popa n-are nare.
  • Fusu-i ici, fusu-i colea, fusu-n poală la lelea.
  • Vânturai vara mălai, vânturungă pungă lungă.
  • O barză brează face zarvă pe-o varză.
  • Cred c-ai spus c-ai doi cai la Tokay.
  • Papucarul papucăreşte papucii papucăresei, dar papucăreasa nu poate papucări papucii păpucarului.
  • Cărămidarul cărămidăreşte pe cărămidăreasă, dar cărămidăreasa nu poate cărămidări pe cărămidar.
  • Dacă şi cu Parcă se plimbau cu-o barcă. Dacă Dacă nu era parcă Parcă se-îneca !
  • Dacă şi cu Poate s-au dus să înoate. Dacă Dacă nu era, poate Poate se îneca !
  • Dacă şi cu Oare, s-au dus să se însoare. Dacă Dacă nu era, oare Oare se însura?
  • Danilă îi dă lui Nilă dalta dată de Daniela ca să dăltuiască-n dale dalii dantelate.
  • Clientul: Bună Ziua!
Vânzătorul: Bună Ziua!
C: Aveţi "Ziua"?
V: Avem "Ziua"!
C: Daţi-mi "Ziua"!
V: Poftim "Ziua"!
C: Bună Ziua!
V: Bună Ziua!
  • Un băiat cuminte nu minte ci, cu minte cuminţeste celui care minte.
  • Ei îi fu frică de a-i fi frică şi lui îi fu frică de a nu-i fi fost frică.
  • Un caricaturist caricaturizează o caricatură caricaturistică.
  • O întâmplare întâmplătoare s-a'ntâmplat din întâmplare.
  • S-a'ntâmplat o'ntâmplare pe strada'ntâmplării: tâmplarul s-a lovit cu tâmpla de tâmpla tâmplăresii
  • În tâmplăria unui tâmplar s-a întâmplat o întâmplare. Alt tâmplar, care, din întâmplare, auzise de întâmplarea întâmplată tâmplarului, s-a dus să vadă ce i s-a întâmplat tâmplarului în tâmplărie şi, din întâmplare, s-a lovit cu tâmpla de tâmpla tâmplarului si a tâmpit.
  • În trecut, un trecător cu trecere, neîntrecut, s-a oprit în treacăt, să treacă printr-o trecătoare neîntrecută până atunci decât de o trecătoare cam trecută.
  • Rică nu reuşea să zică râu, răţuşcă, rămurică. Dar de când băiatu-nvaţă poezia despre raţă, Rică a-nvăţat să zică râu, răţuşcă, rămurică.
  • Soră Sară, n-ai sărit asară să vezi carnea cum se sară? (Sister Sarah, didn't you stopped by last night to see how the meat is being salted?)


From Romanian literature:

  • D-na Smith: Nu muşca de undeva !
Dl. Martin: Nu mişca de undeva !
Dl. Smith: Nu muşca de unde mişti, nu mişca de unde muşti !
D-na Martin: Musca mişcă !
D-na Smith: Mişcă musca !
Dl. Martin: Muşti mişcaţi !
Dl. Smith: Muştele muşcă muşcata !
D-na Martin: Musca muşcă muşcata ta !
D-na Smith: Muşca-ţi-ar musca muşchiul !
Dl. Martin: Domnule Smith, eşti muşchiul muşcat !
Dl. Smith: Domnule Martin, mustul musteşte !
D-na Martin: Doamnă Smith, muştele mustesc în muşchiul muşcat.
D-na Smith: Doamnă Martin, muşcă musca muşcată, muşchiul musteşte. (Eugen Ionescu: "The Lesson - Englezeşte fără profesor")
  • Maică-ta de-i vie, bine-ar fi să vie pân' la noi la vie. (C. Negruzzi: "Cum am învăţat româneşte"
  • Mama-i vie şi-i în vie, vie cine-o fi să vie. (Titus Popovici: "Setea")
  • E bun ! Bine că m-ai liniştit... Păi, eu aşa chibzuiesc. Dacă s-o întâmpla să se întâmple întâmplător vreo întâmplare şi ne-am întâmpla de faţă la întâmplarea care s-o întâmpla să se întâmple, o să zicem că s-a întâmplat o întâmplare întâmplătoare şi din întâmplare nu s-a întâmplat să oprim ce era să se întâmple. (Victor Ion Popa: "Cuiul lui Pepelea")
  • N-am venit că am venit, am venit că n-am venit. (Păstorel Teodoreanu)
I haven't come because I have income, I've come because I have no income
  • Un mahomedan s-a demahomedanizat.

Russian[edit]

  • Шла Саша по шоссе и сосала сушку.
  • (Shla Sasha po shossie i sosala sushku.)
Sasha was coming down a highway and sucking on a pretzel.
  • На дворе трава, на траве дрова. Не руби дрова на траве двора.
  • (Na dvorie trava, na travie drova. Nie rubi drova na travie dvora.)
In the yard there is grass and on the grass there is firewood. Don't chop firewood on the grass of the yard.
  • Карл у Клары украл кораллы, а Клара у Карла украла кларнет
  • (Karl u Klary ukral korally, a Klara u Karla ukrala klarniet.) listen (help·info)
Karl stole corals from Klara and Klara stole a clarinet from Karl.
  • Ехал Грека через реку, видит Грека — в реке рак. Сунул Грека руку в реку, рак за руку Греку цап.
  • (Yekhal Greka cheriez rieku, vidit Grieka v rieke rak. Sunul Grieka ruku v rieku, rak za ruku Grieku tsap.)
Greka (a Greek) was riding across a river, and saw that there was a lobster in the river. Greka put his hand in the river and the lobster bit his hand.
  • Тридцать три корабля лавировали, лавировали, да не вылавировали.
  • (Tridtsat' tri korablia lavirovali, lavirovali, da nie vylavirovali.)
Thirty-three ships tacked, tacked, but didn't tack out.
  • Сшит колпак не по-колпаковски. Надо бы колпак переколпаковать, надо перевыколпаковать.
  • (Sshit kolpak nie po-kolpakovski. Nado by kolpak pieriekolpakovat', nado pierievykolpakovat'.)
The cap is sewn noncapways. One has to re-cap the cap, to over-recap it.
  • Цапля чахла; цапля сохла; цапля сдохла.
  • (Tsaplia chakhla; tsaplia sokhla, tsaplia sdokhla.)
Heron had been withering, heron had been pining away, heron kicked the bucket. Repeat quickly multiple times, with the emphasis shifting from the first word over to the second, the fourth, and the sixth.
  • "Расскажите про покупки!" "Про какие про покупки?" "Про покупки, про покупки, про покупочки свои!"
  • ("Rasskazhite pro pokupki!" "Pro kakiye pro pokupki?" "Pro pokupki, pro pokupki, pro pokupochki svoi!")
"Tell me about your purchases!" "What about what purchases?" "About your purchases, your purchases, about your little purchases!"
  • "Дорогой и дорогая, дорогие оба, дорогого дорогая довела до гроба!"
  • ("Daragoi i daragaja, daragije oba, daragova daragaja davela da groba!")
"He is dear, she is dear, both are dear, she managed to put her dear in the grave!"
  • "От топота копыт пыль по полю летит"
  • ("Ot topota kopyt pyl' popolyu letit")
"From the hooves rattle dust flies through the field"
  • "Жили-были три попа, три Прокопья попа, три Прокопьевича, говорили про попа про Прокопья попа, про Прокопьевича"
  • "Zhili-byli tri popa, tri Prokop'ja popa, tri Prokop'jevicha, govorili pro Prokop'ja popa, pro Prokop'jevicha"
"Once upon a time there lived three priests Prokopiuses, three sons of Prokopius, they talked about a priest, about priest Prokopius, about Prokopius son"

Slovak[edit]

  • Strč prst skrz krk.
Stick a finger through your throat.
  • Guľôčka v jamôčke
A little ball in a little hole
  • Na klavíri hrala Klára Kráľová
Klára Kráľová was playing the piano
  • štvrťvrstva / v štvrťvrstve
quarter (i.e. 1/4th) layer/in a quarter layer
  • Rolu Lorda Rolfa hral Vladimír Leraus
Vladimír Leraus was playing the role of Lord Rolf
  • Šla Prokopka po Prokopa: "Poď Prokope, po priekope, poď Prokope, poď domov."
There went lady Prokop to get master Prokop: "Come along Prokop, come along the trench, come home." (considered archaic)
  • Koleso, koleso, okolesilo si sa. Železo, železo, oželezilo si sa.
Wheel, wheel thou hast wheelied yourself. Iron, iron thou hast ironied yourself. (makes equally little sense in the original language)

Slovenian[edit]

  • Pešec čez cestišče (/'pe.ʃəʦ ʧɛs ʦɛ.'sti.ʃʧɛ/)
"A pedestrian (goes) over a driveway." If spoken repetedly, one gets lost in the flurry of "s", "sh", "ts" and "ch" sounds.
  • Težko je pešca sčistiti s cestišča.
A variant of the above, "It's hard to clean a pedestrian off a driveway." Considered amusing for its implications.
  • Čmrlj (/ʧmərlj/)
"A bumble bee" Pronounced as a single syllable, starting with "chm-", followed by an "uh" vowel, and concluded with "rly", where r is rolled and y is pronounced similarly as in the English word "yes". (not considered a tongue twister for native speakers)
  • Čmrljščina (/ʧmərlj.'ʃʧi.na/)
"The bumble-bee language" This is a made-up word, but it is perfectly understandable and pronounceable in Slovenian as "čmrlj" above, followed by two syllables: "shchi-na".
  • Trop čvrstih, obrnljivih čmrljev
"A pack of firm, invertible bumblebees."
  • Iz Jež'ce čez cesto v Stož'ce po rož'ce. (IPA ?)
From Ježica over the road in Stožice to get flowers.
  • Marko/komar (repeat)
Marko is a personal name, komar means mosquito. If you repeat it quickly, you don't know anymore which one is which.
  • Iz škafa skoču, škofa poču (repeat)
"I jumped out of a pail and punched bishop." If you repeat it quickly, you can easily say that you jumped out of bishop or that you punched out of a pail.
  • Pikčasta ptička v pikčasti kletki (repeat)
"Dotted little bird in a dotted cage." If you repeat it quickly, you can easily say 'pička'(a cunt) instead of 'ptička' or 'pičkast'(cunty or something like this) instead of pikčast.

Spanish[edit]

  • Mi mamá me mima mucho.
Mum spoils me a lot.
  • El cielo está enladrillado. ¿Quién lo desenladrillará?

El desenladrillador que lo desenladrille, ¡buen desenladrillador será!

The sky is full of bricks. Who will put them out now?

The "unbricker" who could put them out, will be such a good "unbricker"!

  • El bebé bebe bebidas.
The baby drinks sodas.
  • El arzobispo de Constantinopla se quiere desarzobispoconstantinopolitanizar y el arzobispo que lo desarzobispoconstantinopolitanice buen desarzobispoconstantinopolitanizador será.
The archbishop of Constantinople wishes to be un-archbishop-of-Constantinople-ized, and the archbishop who un-archbishop-of-Constantinople-izes him will be a good un-archbishop-of-Constantinople-izier.
  • Tres tristes tigres tragan trigo en un trigal.
Three sad tigers swallow wheat in a wheat field.

(This is especially difficult for non-native speakers because of the pronunciation of the Spanish "r" and the sound of "tr" and "t". )

  • Tres tristes tigres tragan trigo y se atragantan.
Three sad tigers swallow wheat and they choke themselves.
  • Tres tristes tigres tragaban trigo en tres tristes trastos.
Three sad tigers swallowed wheat on three sad platters.
  • Pablo calvito clavó un clavito, ¿ qué clavito clavó Pablito ?
Little bald Pablo nailed a little nail, which little nail nailed little Pablo ?
  • El reloj de Leroy es Rolex
The watch of Leroy is Rolex
  • Erre con erre cigarro, erre con erre barril, rápido ruedan/corren los carros, por los rieles del ferrocarril.
r with r [R&R] cigar, r with r barrel, fast the cars go/run, through the rails of the train.

(This is especially difficult for non-native speakers because of the pronunciation of the Spanish "rolled r," or Alveolar trill)

Or alternatively: Rápido ruedan los carros cargados de azúcar del ferrocarril (Quickly roll the carts carrying sugar on the railroad.
  • La madre y la hija van a misa. La madre pisa paja; la hija paja pisa.
"The mother and her daughter are on their way to attend a mass. The mother steps on straw; the daughter on straw steps." Devised to make the speaker say "la hija pasa pija" (the daughter passes pija; the last word being either an insult or a colloquial word meaning 'penis').
  • Sobre el triple trapecio de Trípoli trabajaban, trigonométricamente trastrocados, tres tristes triunviros trogloditas, tropezando atribulados contra trípodes, triclinios y otros trastos triturados por el tremendo tetrarca trapense.
Over the triple trapeze of Tripoli there worked, trigonometrically switched over, three sad troglodyte triumvirs, afflictedly bumping into tripods, triclinia and other gear crushed by the terrible Trappist tetrarch. Probably by Ramón del Valle Inclán (?)
  • María Chuzena techaba su choza y un techador que por allí pasaba le dijo: «María Chuzena, ¿tú techas tu choza o techas la ajena? — No techo mi choza, ni techo la ajena; yo techo la choza de María Chuzena» dijo María Chuzena al techador que por allí pasaba.
María Chuzena was repairing her hut's roof, and a roof repairman that was passing by asked her: "María Chuzena, do you repair your hut's roof, or do you repair another person's?" "I don't repair my hut's roof or another person's; I repair María Chuzena's roof," said María Chuzena to the roof repairman who was passing by.
  • Yo vi en un huerto un cuervo cruento comerse el cuero del cuerpo del puerco muerto.
I saw in an orchard a bloody crow eating the hide of a dead pig's corpse.
  • Otorrinolaringólogo trabaja en la otorrinolaringología.
The otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat doctor) works in otolaryngology.
  • Pedro Pérez Pereira, pobre pintor Portugués, empaca poquitas copitas en poquitos paquetes para poder partir para París.
Pedro Pérez Pereira, poor Portuguese painter, packs few cups in few packages in order to leave for Paris.

Another version

  • Pedro Pérez Pereira, pobre pintor portugués, pinta preciosos paisajes por poco precio para poder pasar por parís.
Pedro Perez Pereira, poor Portuguese painter, he paints low cost landscapes at low price so he can pass by Paris.
  • Pedro Perico Pereira, pobre pintor Portugués, pinta paisajes preciosos, por poca plata y papel.
Pedro Perico Pereira, a poor Portuguese painter, paints precious landscapes for little money and paper.
  • El perro de San Roque no tiene rabo porque Ramón Rodríguez se lo ha robado.
The dog from San Roque doesn't have a tail because Ramón Rodríguez has stolen it.
  • Como poco coco como, poco coco compro.
As I eat few coconut, I buy few coconut.
  • El volcán de parangaricutirimícuaro se quiere desparangaricutiriguarízar, y él qué lo desparangaricutiricuarízare será un buen desparangaricutirimízador.
The Parangaricutirimicuaro volcano wants to un-Parangaricutirimicuarize, and whoever un-Parangarigutirimicuarizes it will be a great un-Parangaricutirimicuarizer.
  • En Zaragoza, se ve la terraza a la izquierda desde la plaza.
In Zaragoza, you can see the terrace to the left of the town square
  • Compré pocas copas, pocas copas compré. Como compré pocas copas, pocas copas pagé"
I bought a few shots, a few shots I bought. Since I bought a few shots, I paid for a few shots.

Swahili[edit]

  • Watu wale wawili wa Watu wala wali.
 People those two of Watu habitually eat boiled rice.
  • Ni kipi kikusikitishacho?
 What's worrying you?
  • Chochote apewacho Acholi sicho chake, ni cha Chiko na Chiku.
 Anything given to Acholi does not belong to him but to Chiki and Chiku.
  • Karim ni mkarimu na ana karamu.
 Karim is generous and he has a party.
  • Nimenufaika kutunukiwa tunu na Nunu.
 I have benefited from a rare gift from Nunu.
  • Mchicha mbichi mpishi mbishi.
 Raw greens, angry cook.
  • Kikujiacho ndicho kitakachokuacha.
 What comes to you, will leave you.
  • Wale watu wa liwali wala wali wa liwali.
 The headman's people eat the headman's rice.

Swedish[edit]

Six salmons in a salmon-box
Pack daddy's suitcase.
    • (Variant): Mamma, packa pappas kappsäck!
Mom, pack daddy's suitcase!
  • Sju sjösjuka sjömän sköttes av sju sköna sjuksköterskor. listen (help·info)
Seven seasick seamen were cared for by seven beautiful nurses.
    • (Variant): Sju sjösjuka sjömän på skeppet Shanghai sköljde sju skjortor i sjön.
Seven seasick seamen on the ship 'Shanghai' washed seven shirts in the sea.
    • (Finnish variant): Sju söta sköna sjösjuka sjuksköterskor seglar med segelskepp till Shanghai
Seven cute beautiful seasick nurses sail on sailing-ship to Shanghai
To pick pepper seeds in a copper pan
"West Coastish" (The double occurrence of 'st' followed by consonant clusters containing hard k's make this very awkward to pronounce correctly.)
  • Skälmskt
"roguish"
  • Fürstskt, as in: "på ett Fürstskt sätt"
"In the manner of Fürst", Swedish actor Sigge Fürst; a high number of six adjacent consonants.
  • Flyg, fula fluga, flyg! Och den fula flugan flög. listen (help·info)
"Fly, ugly fly, fly! And the ugly fly flew." (Three rounded vowels, "u", "y", and "ö" occur in seven out of nine words, making it hard not to mix them up.)
  • Ö, ö, Höö, Höös mö.
Island, island, Grassy island, Grassy island's bride.
  • Å, å, Råå, Råån ä' då
River, river, river Rå (a river in Scania), river Rå is there
  • Kvistfritt kvastskaft.
"Splinterless broomstick". The complex consonant cluster combinations usually makes the speaker end up with something like "squish squash".
  • "Farfar, får får får?" - "Nej, får får inte får, får får lamm."
"Grandfather, do sheep have sheep?" - "No, sheep don't have sheep, sheep have lambs."
  • Mamma alplama och pappa palmapa la lilla lamplammet på pallen.
"Mother alp llama and father palm tree monkey put the little lamp lamb on the stool."
  • "Droskkusken Max kuskar med fuxar och fuskar med droskkusktaxan".
Coachman Max drives chestnut horses and cheats with the coachman fare.

Dialectal[edit]

  • I åa ä e ö, å i öa ä e å (Dialect of Värmland region)
(Standard Swedish): I ån finns det en ö, och på ön finns det en å.
(English): In the stream there is an island, and on the island there is a stream.

Tatar[edit]

  • Miç başında biş mäçe, biş mäçeneñ biş başı. /miʆ baʃɨn`dɑ biʃ mæ`ʆe biʃ mæʆen`eŋ biʃ ba`ʃɨ/
Five cats at stove's head, five heads of five cats.

Thai[edit]

  • ยักษ์ใหญ่ไล่ยักษ์เล็ก ยักษ์เล็กไล่ยักษ์ใหญ่

(yakyai laiyak lekyak lek lai yakyai)

a big ogre chases a small ogre, a small ogre chases a big ogre.
  • เช้าฝาดผัดฟัก เย็นฟาดฟักผัด

(chao fāt phat fak yen fāt fak phat)

eat stir-fried pumpkin in the morning, eat pumpkin stir-fried in the late afternoon.
  • ชาม เขียวคว่ำเช้า ชามขาวคว่ำค่ำ

(cham khiao khwam chao cham khao khwam kham)

The green bowl is turned upside down in the morning;
the white bowl is turned upside down in the evening.
  • ไหมใหม่ไม่ไหม้ ใช่ไหม

(mái mai mài mài chài mái)

New silk doesn't burn, does it?

Turkish[edit]

  • Bir berber, bir berbere "Bre berber gel beraber Berberistan'da bir berber dükkanı açalım!" demiş.
One barber said to another barber, "Come, let's go together and open a barber shop in the lands of the Berbers."
  • Kartal kalkar dal sarkar, dal sarkar kartal kalkar.
The eagle takes off, the branch bends; the branch bends, the eagle takes off.
  • Çekoslovakyalılaştıramadıklarımızdan mısınız, yoksa çekoslovakyalılaştırdıklarımızdan mısınız?
Are you one of the ones that we couldn't turn into Czechoslovakians, or are you one of the ones that we did turn into Czechoslovakians?
  • Mükemmeliyetçileştiricileştiriveremeyebileceklerimizdenmişsinizcesine.

Ukrainian[edit]

  • Галасливі ґави й галки в гусенят взяли скакалки. Гусенята їм ґелґочуть, що й вони скакати хочуть.
Galaslyvi gavy y galky w goosenyat vzyaly scacalky. Goosenyata yim gelgochutj, scho y wony scacaty hochutj.
  • Не турбуйте курку - клює курка крупку.
Ne tourbuyte courcu - cluye courca croupcu.
  • На узліссі довелося наполохать Лесі лося. Лось - у ліс, а з лісу - лис.
Na uzleessi dovelosya napolokhatj Lessi losya. Losj - u lees, a z leesu lis.

Vietnamese[edit]

  • Lặt rau rồi luộc.
Pick/cut the vegetables and boil them.
  • Nồi đồng nấu ốc, nồi đất nấu ếch.
Bronze pot is for snails, pottery pot is for frogs.
  • Lúa nếp là lúa nếp làng

Lúa lên lớp lớp lòng nàng no nê.

Sticky rice is village sticky rice

Growing sticky rice satisfies you guys.

Võro[edit]

  • Hõbõhõdsõlõ hõhvakõsõlõ.
To the silver heifer.
  • Süäüüelläi.
Midnight animal (human being or ghost who is active at midnight).
  • Süäüütüü.
Midnight work.
  • Süäüüüür.
Midnight hire.
  • Tüüüüüür.
Worknight hire.
  • Kon um tuu lump, kon kunnaq ummaq?
Where is the pond where the frogs are?
  • Kakk ikk raah.
The owl is crying in the willow.
  • Hähn tsäks pähnä.
The woodpecker is pecking the lime tree.
  • Pudsunudsija ja udsupudsunudsija.
Vacuum cleaner and vacuum cleaner for a downy dust.
  • Saq ja maq ja kats Kasaritsa miist kaq.
I and you and also two men from Kasaritsa.

Welsh[edit]

  • Mae Llewellyn y llyfrgellydd o Lanelli wedi llyfu llawer o lyfaint.
Llewellyn, the librarian from Llanelli, licked many toads.
  • Oer yw eira ar Eryri.
Cold is the snow on Snowdon.
  • Caseg winau, coesau gwynion,

Croenen denau, carnau duon;
Carnau duon, croenen denau,
Coesau gwynion caseg winau.

Bay mare, white legs,

Scraggy skin, black hooves;
Black hooves, scraggy skin,
White legs, bay mare.

  • Tarw corniog, torri cyrnau,

Heglau baglog, higlau byglau;
Higlau byglau, heglau baglog,
Torri cyrnau tarw corniog.

Xhosa[edit]

  • Iqaqa laziqikaqika kwaze kwaqhawaka uqhoqhoqha.
The skunk rolled down and ruptured its larynx.
The letter "q" is a click sound - the same noise you might make if imitating a cork being pulled from a bottle.
  • Qaqambile likuqale nini iqhakuva emqaleni? Gqhirha iqhakuva emqaleni lindiqale ngomqhibelo ndaqonda ukuba mandiqale kuwe kuqala.

Yiddish[edit]

  • פון אלעסק, ביז קיין טריסק, לויפט א פוקס מיט א ביקס אין פיסק

("Fun Aleks biz keyn Trisk, loyft a fox mit a biks in pisk")

From Alesk until Trisk, a fox jumps over a lazy dog

My baby baby its baby for the baby is a baby.