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Trabalenguas: A Great Way to Improve Your Spanish Pronunciation

Trabalenguas: A Great Way to Improve Your Spanish Pronunciation

Let’s do something fun: Do you know what "trabalenguas" are?

Trabalenguas are tongue twisters. Every language has them and I remember that when I was a child I really loved them! Tongue twisters are a perfect (and fun) way to help you learn the language in three ways:

1. Vocabulary

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Often people find it easier to remember things with rhyming nature, like music. Subconsciously you remember the lyrics of the songs. Tongue twisters often are sentences that have such rhyming nature and require a certain amount of focus that challenges you. Therefore they easily stick to your memory and consequently help you extent your vocabulary.

2. Motivation

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When you are able to rattle out a bunch of these impossible-sounding phrases it gives strengthens your stamina to learn the language. In the end you are the one who controls these phrases and you can brag with it to your friends!

3. Fluency

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Trabalenguas are the best tools available to get acclimatized to producing Spanish sounds. As you might already are studying the Spanish language you came across the difficulties of the pronunciation. Knowing the rules of Spanish pronunciation is one thing and being able to pronounce perfectly in Spanish is something really different. Trabalenguas will help you get control on this difference. 

Are you ready to get started?

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Trabalenguas are a perfect way to improve your Spanish language skills! And fun as well.

Let's start with some 'easy' trabalenguas

  • ¿Cuántos cuentos cuentas cuando cuentas cuentos?
  • Yo no compro coco, porque como poco coco como, poco coco compro.
  • El vino vino, pero el vino no vino vino, el vino vino vinagre
  • Tres platos de trigo para tres tigres tristes
  • Pepe Peña pela papa, pica piña, pita un pito, pica piña, pela papa, Pepe Peña.
  • Pancha plancha con cuatro planchas. ¿Con cuántas planchas plancha Pancha?

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Trabalenguas for the daredevils

DANGER: the following trabalenguas are the made for the most daring players. When you are able to produce these flawlessly you will get closer to native speakers!

  • Pedro Pérez Pereira, pobre pintor portugués, pinta preciosos paisajes por poco precio para poder pasar por París.
  • Compadre de la capa parda, no compre usted más capa parda, que el que mucha capa parda compra, mucha capa parda paga. Yo que mucha capa parda compré, mucha capa parda pagué.
  • Erre con erre cigarro, erre con erre barril, rápido ruedan las ruedas, sobre los rieles del ferrocarril.
  • En la población de Puebla, pueblo muy poblado, hay una plaza pública poblada de pueblerinos.
  • El suelo está enladrillado. ¿Quién lo desenladrillará? El desenladrillador que lo desenladrillare un buen desenladrillador será.
  • Hugo tuvo un tubo, pero el tubo que tuvo se le rompió. Para recuperar el tubo que tuvo, tuvo que comprar un tubo. Igual al tubo que tuvo. 
  • Una vieja tecla mecla, chirigorda, sorda y vieja, tenía hijos teclos, meclos, chirigordos, sordos, viejos. Si la vieja no estuviera tecla mecla, chirigorda y vieja, los hijos no hubieran sido teclos meclos, chirigordos, sordos, viejos.

Do you know more trabalenguas? Tell us!