Exercises for Articulation 发音练习







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Here's a series of speech drills for articulation that have been turned into an action story to make them more appealing for students to do.

It's called Mrs Tongue Does Her Housework, and I know from experience it's fun, effective and, it works equally well across all age groups.

Once you're familiar with the sequence of the story and the exercises you'll find you can add or subtract segments to suit whomever you are working with.

My mother-in-law, Win, introduced me to Mrs Tongue quite some time ago. Over her many years (50+) of teaching speech and drama, it was one of her favorite methods for assuring crisply pronounced words. She used it with her English as a Second Language (ESL) students, as well as with both adult and much younger pupils needing help with clarity.

Did you know difficulties with enunciation (pronouncing words), could be caused by a "lazy" tongue?  The tongue is primarily muscle and like any other muscle, to keep fit it needs a regular work out!

Mrs Tongue Does Her Housework

Mrs Tongue lives in her house, the mouth.

Every morning she mops it from ceiling to floor.

First she sweeps her mop from right to left.


Run your tongue in a full circle around your cheek walls and across the front of your top and bottom teeth. Repeat 3 times.

Next she sweeps her mop from left to right.


Reverse the direction of the circle. Repeat 3 times.

Now she dusts the furniture.


Sweep your tongue as rapidly as you can from side to side across the upper teeth. Repeat at least 10 times.

Then she shakes out the rug out the window.


Stick the tongue out, extended as far as you can, and move it rapidly up and down. Repeat at least 10 times.

Then she nails up some pictures in the back of her house.


Repeat the sound k, k, k, k, k, k ...

Next she nails up some pictures in the front.


Repeat the sound t, t, t, t, t, t ...

Then she remembers she needs to set her clock.


Repeat the sounds t, k, t, k, t, k ...

Mrs Tongue looks at the flowers by her front door. They need watering.


Repeat the sound sh,sh,sh,sh,sh,sh ...

Goodness gracious! Mrs Tongue sees fallen leaves on the steps. They need sweeping up.


Repeat the sound f,f,f,f,f,f ...

Lastly she sweeps away the cobwebs from around the front door.


Stick the tongue out as far as you can and sweep it from right to left around the outside of your lips. Repeat 3 times, then reverse the direction and repeat 3 times.

After all that work Mrs Tongue is exhausted. She comes back inside, closes the door and goes to sleep.


Pull your tongue in and close your mouth.

Source:  https://www.write-out-loud.com/tongue-exercises-for-articulation.html

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  1. What do you find interesting from this article?

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  3. How will you apply these exercises to your English practice?