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Welcome to the Speak English Now Podcast, your resource for practicing your English speaking and listening. You will also learn about lifestyle and culture, language, vocabulary, and how to learn English more effectively.

Transcript:

Today we are going to do an accent reduction exercise with some fun tongue twisters in English. To be specific, we will practice the S sound.

And with the help of a mini-story, you will improve your English fluency. A mini-story is very simple but very powerful. 

Here’s how it works: I ask easy questions deliberately so that you can simulate a conversation. It’s almost like talking to another person in English.

Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently. 

Do you know how you can help me? You can share the podcast with your friends and family. Tell them to go to SpeakEnglishPodcast.com and get my free mini-course.

That would mean a lot to me. Thanks.

Oh, by the way, remember that you can check out the transcript on my website:

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Ok, let’s start!

Do you remember what a tongue twister is?

It can be a difficult phrase that we say quickly, usually because of a sequence of almost similar sounds.

For example, “Peter Piper picked a pickle of pickled peppers.”

Many people use tongue twisters to speak clearly, including actors, politicians, etc.

These allow you to practice pronunciation and agility when it comes to producing sounds in English.

And for language learners, tongue twisters are very useful to use as accent reduction exercises.

So today, we are going to practice English pronunciation with new tongue twisters.

Are you ready?

Let’s go!

I will start saying each tongue twister slowly, and then I will go faster.

At first, they may seem very difficult, so make sure you have the text in front of you to be able to follow it better.

Ok. So, I will say it very slowly:

1. I saw Esau kissing Kate. I saw Esau, he saw me, and she saw I saw Esau.

Are you ready to speed it up? (Say it faster.)

I saw Esau kissing Kate. I saw Esau, he saw me, and she saw I saw Esau.

Ok. Even faster!

I saw Esau kissing Kate. I saw Esau, he saw me, and she saw I saw Esau.

I hope you’re having fun. Let’s continue!

2) Santa’s Short Suit Shrunk.

Ok. Now I’m gonna speed it up! (say it faster.)

Santa’s Short Suit Shrunk.

Ok. Even faster!

Santa’s Short Suit Shrunk.

3) You cuss, I cuss, we all cuss for asparagus.

Ok. Say it faster!

You cuss, I cuss, we all cuss for asparagus.

Even faster!

You cuss, I cuss, we all cuss for asparagus.

4) Thin sticks, thick bricks.

Ok. Say it faster!

Thin sticks, thick bricks.

Can you say it faster?

Thin sticks, thick bricks.

5) Systematically assisting Sisyphus’s stealthy cyst-susceptible sister.

Can you say it faster?

Systematically assisting Sisyphus’s stealthy cyst-susceptible sister.

Even faster!

Systematically assisting Sisyphus’s stealthy cyst-susceptible sister.

Ok, I know that was hard. But that’s it for now; I really hope you’re having fun practicing your English pronunciation, but before we continue…

If you want to know how to speak English using the proper techniques, visit SpeakEnglishPodcast.com and subscribe to my mailing list. I will send you my video course for free. So you can learn how to speak English fluently once and for all! 

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