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April 30th, 2013 at 5:01 am

5 Fun Tongue Twisters to Practice Spanish

My 6-year-old daughter recently discovered tongue twisters and now she’s pretty obsessed with them. Tongue twisters are a great way to practice pronunciation in Spanish and, as is the case with the first one below, they are excellent to practice rolling the dreaded Spanish “r.”

The craziest things about tongue twisters, or trabalenguas as they’re called in Spanish, is that they can be super hard to repeat even for a native Spanish speaker like myself. But I think that just like in my daughter’s case, for example, it’s the challenge of trying to say a tongue twister as fast as possible without making any mistakes what makes them so much fun.

So here I share some of the ones that have become my daughter’s favorites. Some are more complicated than others, but they’re all fun!

Erre con “erre” cigarro,
“erre” con “erre” barril.
Rápido corren los carros,
Cargados de azucar del ferrocarril.

Cómo quieres que te quiera
si el que quiero que me quiera
no me quiere como quiero que me quiera.

Pancha plancha con cuatro planchas.
¿Con cuántas planchas Pancha plancha?

¿Usted no nada nada?
No, no traje traje.

Si yo como como como,
Y tú comes como comes,
¿Cómo como si yo como como comes?

Even though I got  all these tongue twisters from a book I bought for my daughter during a trip we made to Tijuana last year, all you need to do is a quick search online to find a ton of other tongue twisters in Spanish for your kids.

Roxana A. Soto is the co-founder of SpanglishBaby, the go-to site for parents raising bilingual and bicultural children. She’s the co-author of her first book, based on her blog. Roxana is also a staff writer for MamásLatinas.

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