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Tongue Twisters in Mandarin

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These have been recorded by Lixue

吃葡萄不吐葡萄皮, 不吃葡萄倒吐葡萄皮
chī pútáo bù tǔ pútáo pí bù chī pútáo dào tǔ pútáo pí.
{When eating grapes don't spit out the skin, when not eating grapes spit out the skin.}

四是四,十是十,十四是十四,四十是四十
si shi si, shi shi shi, shi si shi shi si, si shi shi si shi.
{'four is four, ten is ten, fourteen is fourteen, forty is forty'}

村前有个颜圆眼, 村后有个颜眼圆, 不知颜圆眼的眼圆, 还是颜眼圆的眼圆?
cūn qián yǒu gè yán yuán yǎn, cūn hòu yǒu g4 yán yǎn yuán, bù zhī yán yuán yǎn dē yǎn yuán, hái shì yán yǎn yuán dē yǎn yuán?
{ In front of the village there is a Yan Yuanyan. Behind the village there is a Yan Yanyuan. Don't know if Yan Yuanyan's eyes are rounder or Yan Yanyuan's eyes are rounder.}

青青山上一根籐, 青籐地下掛銅鈴, 風吹籐動銅鈴動, 風停籐停銅鈴停
qīng qīng shān shàng yī gēn téng, qīng téng dǐ xià guà tóng líng, fēng chuī téng dòng tóng líng dòng, fēng tíng téng tíng tóng líng tíng
{ A bamboo pole is long, and a bench is wide. The bamboo pole was bound to the bench. The bench did not allow the pole to be bound to it, but the pole insisted on being bound to the bench.}

四是四,十是十,十四是十四,四十是四十
si shi si, shi shi shi, shi si shi shi si, si shi shi si shi.
{ 'four is four, ten is ten, fourteen is fourteen, forty is forty'}

村前有个颜圆眼, 村后有个颜眼圆, 不知颜圆眼的眼圆, 还是颜眼圆的眼圆?
cūn qián yǒu gè yán yuán yǎn, cūn hòu yǒu g4 yán yǎn yuán, bù zhī yán yuán yǎn dē yǎn yuán, hái shì yán yǎn yuán dē yǎn yuán?
{In front of the village there is a Yan Yuanyan. Behind the village there is a Yan Yanyuan. Don't know if Yan Yuanyan's eyes are rounder or Yan Yanyuan's eyes are rounder.
}

黑蝴蝶飛, 灰蝴蝶飛, 黑蝴蝶飛完, 灰蝴蝶飛。
hēi húdǐe fēi, hūi húdǐe fēi, hēi húdǐe fēiwán, hūi húdǐe fēi.
{The black butterfly flies, the gray butterfly flies, after the black butterfly flies, the gray butterfly flies.}

八百标兵奔北坡,( ba bai biao bing ben bei po )
炮兵并排北边跑。(pao bing bing pai bei bian pao )
炮兵怕把标兵碰,(pao bing pa ba biao bing peng)
标兵怕碰炮兵炮。(biao bing pa peng pao bing pao)

 

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