Chinese Tongue Twisters to test you in 2021! 👅

by | May 21, 2021 | Chinese Vocabulary

Chinese Tongue Twisters, trickier than other languages?

Every language has them, but are Chinese tongue twisters harder than most? Naturally, they’re tricky, given that Chinese is a tonal language and as such, requires total control over them to correctly say retell the sentences. We certainly had a lot of fun trying to pronounce these.

Why not have a try and let us know how it goes with our video down below?

Also, don’t worry if it’s a little hard – just book onto one of our totally free trial classes and you’ll be ready to take the HSK test in no time!

Practice your Chinese pronunciation with these tongue twisters. The key to mastering them is …. practice! If you think you’re not getting the hang of them? Practice the Chinese tongue twisters some more! 

(Don’t forget to also have a look at the words that are pronounced similarly, but have a different meaning. That must be as confusing as tongue twisters, am I right?)

1. 四是四,十是十,十四是十四,四十是四十

Sì shì sì, shí shì shí, shísì shì shísì, sìshí shì sìshí

Four is four, ten is ten, fourteen is fourteen, and forty is forty

2. 我要吃糖,他给我端来一碗汤

Wǒ yào chī táng, tā gěi wǒ duānlái yī wǎn tāng

I wanted sugar, he brought me a bowl of soup

3. 我要去机场,司机带我去剧场

Wǒ yào qù jīchǎng, sījī dài wǒ qù jùchǎng

I wanted to go to the airport, the driver took me to a theatre

Wow, good job there!! You’re so liùliùliù!


So if you enjoyed trying out these tricky little phrases, why not challenge yourself some more and have a look at our chinese vocabulary quiz? Or even familiarise yourself with some Chinese loan words!

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