Trava-Línguas em inglês: todos os sons de vogais da língua inglesa

Hi, this is Jason Bermingham on English Experts. First of all I want to thank all of you who have been reading this blog, and I want to thank you for your nice messages. As many of you know, I’ve been posting a series of tongue-twisters over the past few weeks. These exercises are meant to improve your pronunciation by putting your mouth in extreme-language situations. I doubt you’ll ever have to say anything this hard in real life, like say in a job interview. But that’s the whole point. If you can say this stuff, everything else will be easy.

So sit down if you aren’t already and stretch your jaw and lip muscles, because this week’s tongue-twister is going to be the most difficult of the bunch.

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I first heard this tongue-twister performed by a voice-over artist on the audio CD of the book Voiceover: Tales and Tactics for Success. The voice-over (as we call these artists) claimed that this tongue-twister uses every vowel sound and vocal shape in the English language. Now, I don’t know what every vowel sound and vocal shape in the English language are, but I confess that after hearing this tongue-twister, I’m inclined to believe him.

I’m going to read the whole thing all the way through one time for you to get a feel for how it should sound after you’ve learned it. Then I’ll read it sentence by sentence for you to repeat after me and practice.

Now, if you like this sort of thing, learn it and use it. It’s excellent practice and it will sure impress your friends. And one more thing before we get started: don’t worry about understanding the meaning of all of it. Some of the sentence are just plain nonsense. But it sure is fun to say.

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Here goes:

Eleven benevolent elephants met Lily and Lucy in Philadelphia and went to see Camelot in Unique, New York. With guns and drums and drums and guns which they kept in a bodega, bodega, bodega they walked miles and miles and miles until they saw Manny and Nancy who danced hand in hand in the sand as they sang many a moon, many a moon, many a moon.

They came across brilliant Italian William from Tupica who kept murmuring mommala poppala, mommala poppala, mommala poppala.

They begged him to join them. “Will you William, will you William, will you William? Can’t you, won’t you, don’t you, William? Did you, could you, would you, William?” William simply said, “Lily Lolly Lily Lolly.”

Then round the rugged rock the ragged rascal ran to be among culligan and calla lilies to let his tone hum down as easily as a sigh.

There, wasn’t that easy! OK, don’t run off just yet. Give it a try. Repeat after me:

Eleven benevolent elephants

(repeat)

met Lily and Lucy in Philadelphia

(repeat)

and went to see Camelot in Unique, New York.

(repeat)

With guns and drums and drums and guns

(repeat)

which they kept in a bodega, bodega, bodega

(repeat)

they walked miles and miles and miles

(repeat)

until they saw Manny and Nancy

(repeat)

who danced hand in hand in the sand

(repeat)

as they sang many a moon, many a moon, many a moon.

(repeat)

They came across brilliant Italian William from Tupica

(repeat)

who kept murmuring mommala poppala, mommala poppala, mommala poppala.

(repeat)

They begged him to join them.

(repeat)

“Will you William, will you William, will you William?

(repeat)

Can’t you, won’t you, don’t you, William?

(repeat)

Did you, could you, would you, William?”

(repeat)

William simply said, “Lily Lolly Lily Lolly.”

(repeat)

Then round the rugged rock the ragged rascal ran

(repeat)

to be among culligan and calla lilies

(repeat)

to let his tone hum down as easily as a sigh.

If you can say that, you can say anything!

This is Jason Bermingham on English Experts.

See you next week.

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Jason Bermingham

Jason Bermingham já gravou locuções em inglês para a Samsung, Itaú, Banco Real, TV Cultura, MTV International, São Paulo Turismo, Oxford University Press e CNA, entre outros. Ele empresta a sua voz aos tweets diários da revista SpeakUp.

50 comentários

  • 28/10/09  
    Raquel diz: 1

    Boa Tarde,

    Infelizmente uso o PC do trabalho que é muito limitado, mas suas dicas são sempre maravilhosas, gostaria de agradeçer a todos.
    It´s very important for me.

  • 28/10/09  
    Kennedy diz: 2

    Very nice post, thanks Jason .

  • 28/10/09  
    cris lazzari diz: 3

    Really !!! I admire your work!!! Wonderful, clear, marvelous!!! Thanks a lot!!! It has been very usefull for me!!!!

    Kiss

    Cris

  • 28/10/09  
    João B. L. Ghizoni diz: 4

    Wow, James! This is quite a tongue-twister! Congratulations once again. And thanks a million.

  • 28/10/09  
    Helen diz: 5

    Really, who can say that, is can say anything!

    Very cool!!

  • 28/10/09  
    Núbia diz: 6

    Hi,

    how can I copy this sound?

    Thanks a lot!

  • 28/10/09  
    Marcos David diz: 7

    I loved this lesson.

    Thanks Jason!

  • 28/10/09  
    juliana pereira diz: 8

    Olá, gostaria de saber se há a possibilidade de estar baixando o “Listen” ?????pois o computador da empresa não tem audio.
    Fico no aguardo.

  • 28/10/09  
    Ana Maria Pereira de Santana diz: 9

    Amei as dica de inglês, parabéns, obrigada…

  • 28/10/09  
    Heidi diz: 10

    Own… I like this lession very much!

    See you! ;D

  • 28/10/09  
    Gisele diz: 11

    You´re fabulous!!!!
    I love your tongue-twisters!
    The warmest regards, Jason

  • 28/10/09  
    Joao diz: 12

    Awesome !
    Thanks for these tips.

  • 28/10/09  
    Jacinta diz: 13

    Agradeço as dicas enviadas, estou adorando!!Thankes, very good.

  • 28/10/09  
    Solon diz: 14

    Hello Jason
    Very Nice post,
    Tks
    Solon

  • 28/10/09  
    Flavia diz: 15

    Socorro!! Deu um nó aqui na língua!
    :)

  • 29/10/09  
    Valeria N. Gonçalves diz: 16

    Won…, very nice.

    Tks,

  • 29/10/09  
    Daniela Cruz diz: 17

    Oieee!

    Adorei, muito bom!

    Bjsss e obrigada!!!

  • 29/10/09  
    Emerson diz: 18

    Hi Jason!!!

    Nice practice!!! Realy good for training the correct pronunciation.

    Thanks, see you.

  • 29/10/09  
    Bruna diz: 19

    Jason, thanks for all the tips you give us!
    Congratulations!

  • 29/10/09  
    Maria Gomes diz: 20

    Boa tarde! há muitos anos atrás estudei inglês.
    Muitas palavras eu conheço, e expressões, mas falar nem pensar agora sempre que posso oiço aqui as dicas e mesmo música, está ajudando muito sim. a nível profissional eu precisava mesmo muito de entender o Inglês
    Muito obrigado

  • 29/10/09  
    adauto diz: 21

    uau… I love it so much!!!

    thanks

  • 29/10/09  
    Daniel diz: 22

    Gostei muito desse texto e das dicas.
    Agradeço por essas dicas,este site
    está me ajudando muito.
    Thanks.

  • 29/10/09  
    Lanier Wcr diz: 23

    My first name, Lanier, was my father’s name, so I inherited it from him. Maybe that first name was the one which built up my superego, but it never was inherently mine. For it – if it was possible – I took a second name, William. Anyway, two names often make anyone confused. Who am I then? “Will you William? Can’t you, won’t you, don’t you, William?”… William simply says: I try to join myself. I can’t be an unwilling one, because it would be fight against myself.
    It was I thought while learning this spectacular Jason’s English-class. And now I just say thank you, even though it could be never enough. (I hope you don’t mind about students’ mistakes. Bye.)

  • 29/10/09  
    Jose Teles diz: 24

    I liked it very much, I think tha is a very interesting way to learn and practice the sounds of the English lenguage.
    Thanks a lot Jason. Go ahead!

  • 29/10/09  
    Carol diz: 25

    Olá, gostaria de saber se há a possibilidade de estar baixando o “Listen” ?
    Parabéns pela aula!
    Obrigada

  • 30/10/09  
    Marcelo diz: 26

    Amazing!!
    Thank you Jason

  • 30/10/09  
    Ichy diz: 27

    Eu adoro suas aulas, mas a minha internet é muito lenta e o áudio não carrega… seria bom se houvesse com baixa-lo

  • 30/10/09  
    Joh diz: 28

    ótimo!…Congrats Jason!
    btw, na parte do “Will you William, Will you William”
    quase fiz um nó [cego] na língua…. kkkkkk

  • 01/11/09  
    Susana diz: 29

    I have nothing to say. Only this: it is very good.
    Thanks Jason!

  • 02/11/09  
    Jefferson Araujo diz: 30

    Hello, It’s very good exercise.
    My English is intermediary, but I need to practic the conversation.

  • 03/11/09  
    Lúcia diz: 31

    Gostaria de pedir que ele desse uns segundos, para que possamos repetir a frase, antes de passar para a próxima! Adorei as dicas e ele temuma voz linda, fácil de entender!

  • 03/11/09  
    Adielson diz: 32

    muito legal esses travas-linguas e tambem o audio que voces nos dao ajuda-nos na pronuncia.
    Thank you!!!!!!!!!

  • 04/11/09  
    Joao Henrique diz: 33

    Tks Jason, cool tips !

    May all this exercise unleash forever my tongue.

    Cheers

  • 04/11/09  
    Ilza do Amaral Garcia diz: 34

    eu adorei,mas só ajudará se tiver a tradução também….aí vai ficar completo.Seria possível?

  • 08/11/09  
    Eduardo diz: 35

    Olá! Muito bom!!! eu tb gostaria que tivesse a opção para download do áudio, seria ótimo

  • 13/11/09  
    Malu diz: 36

    oi!
    Essa treinamento é muito bom,faço o cursso de ingles e aqui tb aprendo muito,estou adorando!
    bjao

  • 15/11/09  
    Ivanei diz: 37

    Adorei sua aula, continue nos ajudando!!!
    Como posso gravar todos os vídeos?É possível? Como? Preciso praticar muitas vezes

  • 15/11/09  
    Ivcsantos diz: 38

    Thanks, Jason. Congratulations!
    I adored the tips? Is possible to record the archives of audio? so that I can practise them in the day-by-day.

  • 26/12/09  
    Gabriela *.* diz: 39

    Nossa, parabéns pelo trabalho de vocês esta muito legal, minha mãe me lançou aprender inglês em um ano, e eu estou aproveitando muito suas dicas!
    thank you,
    congratulations!

  • 29/01/10  
    Analu diz: 40

    muiiiiiiiiiiiiiiito bom!!
    Parabens.

  • 17/02/10  
    Patricia diz: 41

    Hello everybory, i was looking for online english lessons and i found this page, i love it… and i can say that then is can say anything!! thank you Jason!!!

  • 26/02/10  
    raquel diz: 42

    I really love the tips!

  • 27/02/10  
    Ivanildo F. Sales' diz: 43

    Conclui o ensino médio em 1986, hoje estou retornando a estudar. Sou universitário da Faculdade Santa Izildinha “primeiro ano” no curso de Sistema de Informação. Estou preocupado, terei nos dois próximos semestres aula de Inglês técnico e não sei e tenho vergonha de pronunciar qualquer palavra em outra lingua. Alguém pode me ajudar?
    Detalhe: Estou desempregado e não tenho qualquer condições de pagar para um instrutor/professor. Terá que ser na faixa.

  • 25/03/10  
    Marco brainiac diz: 44

    Jason,

    You’re very good with this lessons, I’m awaiting you more times here.

    Thank you

  • 27/03/10  
    verginia diz: 45

    thanks.I Fond this page end you are helping me a lot in my english.

  • 22/07/16  
    Jose Nvidi diz: 46

    Thanks Jason, to this lesson, i really like that.

    Kindly, should you put a option of download with all your post?? so we can hear it any place??

    • 22/07/16  
      Alessandro Brandão diz:

      Hi Jose,

      As you suggested, the download link is available now.

      Enjoy the audio.

    • 22/07/16  
      Jose Nvidi diz:

      Many thanks, for your help Alessandro.

    • 22/07/16  
      Alessandro Brandão diz:

      You’re welcome!