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Italian Tongue Twisters Posted by on Jul 3, 2020 in Italian Language

Tongue twisters, scioglilingua in Italian, are always a fun and challenging way to improve your language skills.

As kids I am sure all of you challenged yourself and your friends to repeat some common English tongue twisters. It is a great way to practice both pronunciation as well as clear and speedy speech. Vi sfido, I challenge you to say out loud the following scioglilingua! 

Sopra la panca la capra campa, sotto la panca la capra crepa.

On the bench the goat lives, under the bench the goat dies.

Trentatré trentini entrarono a Trento tutti e trentatré trotterellando.

Thirty-three dwellers of Trent came into Trent, all thirty-three trotting and toddling.

Tre tigri contro tre tigri.

Three tigers against three tigers.

Quanti rami di rovere roderebbe un roditore se un roditore potesse rodere rami di rovere?

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

Guglielmo coglie ghiaia dagli scogli scagliandola oltre gli scogli tra mille gorgogli.

Guglielmo grabs gravel from the rocks, hurling it over the rocks in a thousand gurgles.

Chi ama chiama chi ama, chiamami tu che chi ami chiami. Chi amo chiamerò se tu non chiami. 

Whoever loves calls who they love, you call me since you call who you love. I’ll call who I love if you don’t call

Apelle figlio di Apollo fece una palla di pelle di pollo.
Tutti i pesci vennero a galla, per vedere la palla di pelle di pollo
fatta da Apelle, figlio di Apollo. 

Apelle, son of Apollo, made a ball of chicken skin and all the fish rose to the surface to see the ball of chicken skin made by Apelle, son of Apollo.

Check out this video of a native Italian speaker saying some of these scioglilingua to help practice your own pronunciation:

Lasciami un commento when you try these scioglilingua! 

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About the Author: Bridgette

Just your average Irish-American Italo-Francophone. I am also the creator of A Polyglot's Inkblot where I document my leap into a digital nomad lifestyle: https://www.apolyglotsinkblot.com


Comments:

  1. Barney Speckman:

    Thanks for an informative and entertaining video. You pronunciation of R is fantastico.

    Ciao,

    Barney

  2. Susan Cupaiuolo:

    Mi piace imparare l’italiano. Mio marito è Italiano. È un buon esercizio per noi da usare queste lezioni.

  3. john russo:

    Eccellente, Brigette! Parli cosi chiaramente.


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