International Tongue Twister Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of November in the world. This is a fun holiday that everyone can take part in! Arm yourself with your favorite tongue twisters, learn new ones, compete with your friends! How good are you with your language this year?
The holiday has a reference to the principle of Peter Piper. He talks about a cognitive error that people make when they reproduce words with similar letters. In general, Piper is a well-known English tongue twister with alliteration. Recall: how many pickled peppers did Peter Piper eat?
Technically tongue twisters appeared in the 19th century after the publication of the book by John Harris, “Peter Piper’s Practical Principles of Plain and Perfect Pronunciation”. By the way, the character may have existed in reality – his name was Pierre, he lived in France and was engaged in gardening. His surname Poivre means “pepper” in French.
Did you know that tongue twisters:
- Help to develop speech, to speak competently and not to lisp, not to “smooth out” the endings of words.
- Teach in many specialties: announcers, teachers, artists, sales managers, directors.
- Are not so simple at first glance: they do not just need to be read! Be patient: pronounce sentences slowly, syllable by syllable, achieve purity of pronunciation, learn by heart.
- Develop hearing, strengthen thinking.
How to take part
Get together to celebrate the holiday! Organize tongue twister pronunciation competitions, come up with nice prizes for the winner. From now on, practice this skill every day, even if only 15 minutes. After a while you will see the result. Record your observations and share with friends.
When is International Tongue Twister Day celebrated in 2023?
International Tongue Twister Day is observed on the second Sunday of November each year.