Tongue twisters are a fun, compelling, and challenging way to improve your pronunciation in any language, including Russian. Sometimes, it could also be a good option to learn some common words and phrases, unless the tongue twister is nonsense.

First, we will give you a list of Russian tongue twisters for mastering different sounds or groups of sounds. The most logical ones are given with translation.

Tongue twisters
[Б, В]: Е́ду я по вы́боине, из вы́боины не вы́еду я.
[Б]: Бе́лый снег, бе́лый мел, бе́лый за́яц то́же бел. А вот бе́лка не бела́ – бе́лой да́же не бы́ла. White snow, white chalk, white hair is also white. But the squirrel isn’t white and even has never been one.
[Б, Р]: Банки́ров ребре́ндили-ребре́ндили-ребре́ндили, да не вы́ребрендировали.
[Б, П]: Бык тупогу́б, тупогу́бенький бычо́к, у быка́ бела́ губа́ была́ тупа́.
[В, Л, Х]: Волхова́л волхв в хлеву́ с волхва́ми.
[В, Д]: Водово́з вёз во́ду из-под водопрово́да.
[В, Р, Щ]: Расчу́вствовавшаяся Варва́ра расчу́вствовала нерасчу́вствовавшегося Вави́лу.
[К, Р]: Расскажи́те про поку́пку, про каку́ю про поку́пку? Про поку́пку, про поку́пку, про поку́почку свою́. Tell us about your purchase, about what purchase? About purchase, about purchase, about your purchase.
[Д, Р, Т]: На дво́ре – трава́, на траве́ – дрова́, не руби́ дрова́ на траве́ двора́! On the yard there is grass, on the grass – firewood, do not cut the firewood on the grass of the yard.
[Ж, ТСЯ]: Жужжи́т жуже́лица, жужжи́т, да не кружи́тся.
[Ж, З]: Жал Зя́мка за́мшу, жева́л Зя́мка жа́мку в за́мке.
[Ж, М, Л, Ы, И]: Не жале́ла ма́ма мы́ла. Ма́ма Ми́лу мы́лом мы́ла. Ми́ла мы́ла не люби́ла, мы́ло Ми́ла урони́ла.
[К, Л, Р]: Карл у Кла́ры украл рекла́му, а Кла́ра у Ка́рла укра́ла бюдже́т. Carl stole a commercial from Clara, and Clara stole the budget from Carl.
[Т, К, Р, БК]: Ту́рка ку́рит тру́бку, ку́рка клюёт кру́пку. Не кури́, ту́рка, тру́бку; не клюй, ку́рка, кру́пку.
[С, Ш]: Са́ша шу́стро, су́шит су́шки. Су́шек вы́сушил штук шесть. И смешно́ спеша́т стару́шки су́шек Са́шиных пое́сть.
[Ж, Ц, ТЬСЯ]: Ужа́ ужа́лила ужи́ца. Ужу́ с ужи́цей не ужи́ться. Уж от ужа́са стал уже – ужа ужица́ съе́ст на ужин.

Here are some tips on how to use tongue twisters effectively to improve your Russian pronunciation:

  • Start slowly: Begin by pronouncing the tongue twister slowly and clearly, drawing close attention to each sound and syllable. Focus on getting the correct pronunciation for each word before trying to increase your speed.
  • Listen carefully: Listen to your Russian teacher or recordings of the tongue twister to familiarize yourself with the correct pronunciation. Pay attention to the rhythm, stress, and intonation patterns of the words and try to replicate them as closely as possible.
  • Break it down: If a tongue twister is particularly challenging, try breaking it down into smaller segments or individual words. Practice each segment separately until you feel comfortable with the pronunciation, then gradually put them back together.
  • Repeat, repeat, repeat: Repetition is a key to mastering tongue twisters. Practice the same tongue twister multiple times, increasing your speed as you become more comfortable with the pronunciation. You can also practice saying it out loud in different tones, volumes, and speeds to challenge yourself further.
  • Use a mirror: Look in a mirror while practicing the tongue twister to observe your mouth movements and ensure that you are articulating each sound correctly. Pay attention to your tongue placement, lip movement, and jaw position.
  • Record yourself: Record yourself saying the tongue twister and listen to the recording to identify any pronunciation errors or areas that need improvement. Compare your pronunciation with that of a native Russian speaker or a recording to see how closely you are able to replicate the correct pronunciation.
  • Have fun: Remember that tongue twisters are meant to be challenging and fun! Don’t get discouraged if you make mistakes, and keep practicing with a positive attitude. With time and practice, you will improve your pronunciation and become more confident in speaking Russian.

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