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Russian tongue twisters– Русские скороговорки

I know what you are thinking: русский скороговорник (ruski skaragavornik) tongue twisters! This is for дети (dyeti) children!! Well, basically yes, you’re right. But do you know why children love this игра (igra) game? Of course, because it’s смешно (smishno) funny, especially when others aren’t as good as you. But behind all the laughs and the fun, it is also educative. Yes, yes, no шутка (shutka) joke! It helps your pronunciation.

How to learn tongue twisters? Be in no hurry.

  1. you should listen to the recordings. The first one is very slow to allow you to pick up the pronunciation and the stress vowels, the second a little bit faster!
  2. repeat each word until you get the right pronunciation,
  3. Now try to read faster and faster.
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Ехал Грека через реку, видит Грека в реке рак. Сунул Грека руку в реку, рак за руку Греку цап. Greka was going across a river, and he saw a crayfish in the river. Greka put his hand in the river and the crayfish bit his hand. Audio

На дворе трава, на траве дрова. Не руби дрова на травe двора. There is grass in the yard, and firewood on the grass. Don’t chop firewood on the grass of the yard. Audio

Карл у Клары украл кораллы, Клара у Карла украла кларнет. Karl stole corals from Karla and Karla stole a clarinet from Karl. Audio

Шла Саша по шоссе и сосала сушку. Sacha was going down a highway and sucking on a bread-ring. Audio

Кукушка кукушонку купила капюшон. Надел кукушонок капюшон. Как в капюшоне он смешон. Cuckoo bought a hood for his young one. The little cuckoo wore the hood. How funny is the little cuckoo in the hood. Audio