Top 26 Funny Tongue Twisters from 21 Countries

Tongue twisters were created in the 19th century for fun and entertainment. They quickly became a tool for speech therapy and preparation before public speaking. These hard-to-pronounce words and phrases work as a physical exercise for your tongue, lips, and cheeks. Even kids who don’t appreciate forced learning can be thrilled by them.

Nevertheless, people have continued to view tongue twisters as a fun challenge. They’ve come up with numerous imaginative sequences that may lack sense but never amusement. With tongue twisters, training your pronunciation skills becomes more intriguing than tiring. And you shouldn’t be ashamed to admit that even today tongue twisters are entertaining to repeat!

On this list, you’ll find utterances that are known for being humorous yet helpful. You can practice them on friends or family members and make them laugh. Be sure to compare how the humor changes from country to country, from language to language. It may even change your perspective on other cultures.

Top 26 Funny Tongue Twisters from 21 Countries

Our Huge International Collection of Tongue Twisters

Language Number of twisters
Acholi, Acoli or Lwo 2
Afrikaans 14
Akan or Asante 1
Albanian 18
Alur 1
Amharic, Ethiopian, or Amarigna 4
Arabic 41
Aragonese 2
Armenian 17
Assamese 3
Avar or Avaric 1
Azerbaijani or Azeri 3
Basque, Euskara or Euskera 21
Bengali or Bangla 8
Breton 3
Bulgarian 19
Catalan 45
Chinese, Mandarin 27
Chinese, Yue or Cantonese 11
Croatian, Serbian and Bosnian 36
Czech  154
Danish 37
Dutch 170
Emilian and Romagnol 6
English  595
Esperanto 23
Estonian 33
Finnish 82
French  202
French Creole 5
Frisian 4
Fulah, Fulani or Peulh 1
Ga 1
Galician 6
Ganda or Luganda 4
Georgian or Kartveli 25
German  362
Greek, Ancient 3
Greek, Modern 46
Guarani 2
Gujarati 8
Hausa 4
Hawaiian 1
Hebrew 38
Hebrew, Ancient 2
Hindi 24
Hungarian 74
Ibanag or Ybanag 4
Icelandic 13
Igbo or Ibo 3
Indonesian 39
Irish 17
Italian  99
Japanese  40
Javanese 13
Jersey 22
Kannada or Kanarese 9
Kazakh 3
Kikuyu 14
Korean 12
Kurdish 4
Latin 37
Latvian or Lettish 16
Letzeburgesch or Luxembourgish 5
Lithuanian 12
Loglan or Lojban 7
Lombard 4
Luo or Dholuo 3
Madurese or Madura 2
Malay 13
Malayalam 24
Maltese 17
Maori 1
Marathi 9
Mizo, Lushai or Lusei 1
Mongolian 5
Norwegian 63
Occitan or Gascon 3
Panjabi or Punjabi 8
Pashto or Pushto 3
Persian or Farsi 21
Polish  81
Portuguese  98
Rhaeto-Romance or Romansh -3
Romanian 35
Russian  92
Rwanda or Kinyarwanda 2
Sardinian 3
Scots or Scottisch 4
Scottish Gaelic 6
Shona 2
Sicilian 10
Slovak  40
Slovenian or Slovene 17
Soga, Lusoga, Olusoga 3
Somali 11
Sorbian, Upper 3
Spanish  170
Sukuma 1
Swahili 15
Swedish 45
Tagalog or Filipino 33
Tamil 15
Telugu 11
Thai 13
Tibetan, Central or Bhotia 1
Turkish 38
Ukrainian  9
Urdu 16
Uzbek 104
Vietnamese 22
Visayan or Cebuano 6
Welsh 10
Wolof 3
Xhosa or IsiXhosa 11
Yiddish 2
Yoruba 8
Zulu 5

Comments (2)

November 28th, 2019 - 11:41 am

Very entertaining and informative, Ruth! Here’s another old one that you mightn’t know – in Catalan:
Setze jutges d’un jutjat mengen fetge d’un penjat. Si el penjat es despenja, els setze jutges del jutjat no podran menjar més fetge del penjat.
I’ll let you work out the translation yourself 😉

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Ivy Panda
November 29th, 2019 - 10:38 am

I’m happy you liked the infographic, Reza 🙂 We have this tongue twister listed here Catalan Tongue Twisters

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