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...

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

This means: 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.

Links to other Mandarin Tongue Twisters:

老頭兒端湯上塔 - lǎotóur duān tāng shàng tǎ

墻上掛面鼔. - Qiáng-shang guà miàn gǔ.

mā mā qí mǎ,

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