Tongue Twisters

 

Mandarin Chinese Tongue Twisters

Try seeing how good you are at reading out some of these tongue twisters. Better still, record your efforts and send them in to us. We'll post them up on this web site so you can show off to all your friends how good you are!

Here's one recorded by Lixue...

老頭兒端湯上塔
湯燙
塔滑
湯灑
湯燙塔

lǎotóur duān tāng shàng tǎ
tāng tàng
tǎ huá
tāng sǎ
tāng tàng tǎ.

Roughly translated this means: An old man, holding (a bowl of) soup, climbed up a tower. The soup was hot. The tower (steps) slippery; (so) the soup got spilt (and) the soup scalded the tower (steps).

Links to other Mandarin Tongue Twisters:

墻上掛面鼔. - Qiáng-shang guà miàn gǔ.

mā mā qí mǎ,

青青山上一根籐 - qīng qīng shān shàng yī gēn téng

吃葡萄不吐葡萄皮,- chī pútáo bù tǔ pútáo pí

四是四,十是十,- si shi si, shi shi shi,

村前有个颜圆眼 - cūn qián yǒu gè yán yuán yǎn

黑蝴蝶飛,- hēi húdǐe fēi

八百标兵奔北坡,- ba bai biao bing ben bei po