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Lots of people have asked me for translations for the tongue twisters in the above comic, so before we continue, here they are, including transliterations so you can twist your tongues yourselves (remember to say them five times fast!):
1. French: Les chaussettes de l’archi-duchesse, sont-elles sèches ou archi-sèches? (The socks of the arch-duchess, are they dry or extra-dry?)
2. Italian: Sopra la panca la capra campa, sotto la panca la capra crepa. (On top of the bench, the goat lives. Under the bench, the goat dies.)
3. Russian: Карл у Клары украл кораллы, а Клара у Карла украла кларнет. Transliteration: “Karl u Klary ukral korally, a Klara u Karla ukrala klarinet.” (Carl stole corals from Clara, and Clara stole a clarinet from Carl.)
4. Portuguese: O rato roeu a rolha da garrafa de rum do rei da Rússia. (The rat nibbled the cork of the bottle of rum of the king of Russia.)
5. Japanese: にわの庭には、二羽の鶏はにわかにわにを食べた. Transliteration: “Niwa no niwa ni wa, niwa no niwatori wa niwaka ni wani o tabeta.” (In Mr. Niwa’s garden, two chickens suddenly ate a crocodile.)
6. Hebrew: !טיאטאת ת’תא? – לא טאטאתי ת’תא, תטאטא אותו אתה Transliteration: “Titita tata? – lo tititi tata, tetate oto ata!” (Did you clean the locker? – I didn’t clean the locker, you clean it!)
7. Korean: 간장공장 공장장은 강 공장장이고, 된장공장 공장장은 공 공장장이다. Transliteration: “kan-jang-kong-jang kong-jang-jang-eun kang kong-jang-jang-ee-go, dwen-jang-kong-jang kong-jang-jang-eun kong kong-jang-jang-ee-da.” (The president of the soy sauce factory is president Kang, and the president of the bean paste factory is president Kong.)
8. Turkish: Kartal kalkar dal sarkar, dal sarkar kartal kalkar. (The eagle takes off, the branch bends; the branch bends, the eagle takes off.)
9. Esperanto: Serpo servu cin por ĉerpo el cerbo de serba cervo. (May a billhook serve thee to scoop out a Serbian deer’s brain.)
I love these. Do you know how hard it was to figure out how to draw that Japanese one? And look at the Korean one – even if you can’t read Hangul, you can totally see it’s a tongue twister just by looking at all those little loops. Plus, that Esperanto one is super gross.
I got tons of feedback on this comic for tongue twisters in other languages, so here are some of my favorites:
Got any others for us? Chime in on the comments below, and I’ll add them to the list above!