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Are there good russian tongue twisters? Ideally with lots of "R" in it? I need to practice my pronouncation
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TheMsNadiya profile picture TheMsNadiya5 weeks ago

Hello Bob, many Russian children have difficulties with "Р", so there are many tongue twisters that are widely known. Here are some of them: Во дворе вдовы Варвары два вора дрова воровали. (In the courtyard of the widow Barbara, two thieves stole firewood.) Орёл на горе, перо на орле. Гора под орлом, орёл под пером. (Eagle is on the mountain, feather is on the eagle. The mountain is under the eagle, the eagle is under the feather.) Стоит гора посреди двора. (There is a mountain in the middle of the yard.) Рубили дроворубы сыры дубы на срубы. (Woodcutters chopped raw oaks for log cabins.) Розовые розы замерзают в морозы. (Pink roses freeze in the cold.) У редьки и репки корень крепкий. (The radish and turnip have a strong root.) Редька редко росла на грядке, грядка редко была в порядке. (The radish rarely grew in the garden; the garden was rarely in order.) Ехал Гpека чеpез pеку, видит Гpека в pеке - pак. Сунул Гpека pуку в pеку, pак за pуку Гpеку – цап! (Greka rode over the river, Greka sees in the river cancer. Greka shoved his hand in the river, cancer went for Greka's hand - tsap (sound for grabing)!) Карл у Клары украл кораллы, а Клара у Карла украла кларнет. (Karl stole corals from Klara, and Klara stole the clarinet from Karl.) На дворе - трава, на траве - дрова. Не руби дрова на траве двора. (In the yard there is grass, on the grass there is firewood. Do not cut firewood on the grass of the yard.) Роль лиры в мире мала. Тем не менее мне лира мила. (The role of the lyre in the world is small. Nevertheless, the lyre is dear to me.)

Aljina profile picture Aljina4 weeks ago
Лигурийский регулировщик регулировал в Лигурии, да не вырегулировал.
Тридцать три корабля лавировали, лавировали, да так и не вылавировали.
Была у Фрола — Фролу на Лавра наврала,
пойдет к Лавру на Фрола Лавру наврет.
Igor105 profile picture Igor1055 weeks ago

Any language is a probabilistic hierarchy. So we can find the top of the phonetic hierarchy. The phonetic key of the Russian language is: "Эй, ты, иди сюда, зараза". ("Hey you, come here, contagon.) The point of concentration of speech forces is between the tongue and the back wall of the throat.

  • exRanger profile picture exRanger5 weeks ago
    re: "Эй, ты, иди сюда, зараза":

    Excellent for practicing tongue ~ glottal stop alternation, but it is one helluva weird "statement".
exRanger profile picture exRanger5 weeks ago
While tongue-twisting pronunciation practice challenges re: the letter "R" ("Р") are of course important, for many non-native learners of Russian it is as important to practice the 'proper' way to make the Russian sounds "S" ("С") and "Sh" ("Ш"). [note: also important is distinguishing Ш and Щ, but I haven't @ the moment a Russian language "tongue twister" to offer you... perhaps Igor105 does?]

Anyway, here's a good bit of practice re: distinguishing and alternating between "С" and "Ш":

"Шла Саша по шоссе и сосала сушку."