Trois petites truites cuites, trois petites truites crues.
trwah puh-teet trweet KWEET, trwah puh-teet trweet CREW. Click below to hear an attempted pronunciation of this!
Three little cooked trout, three little raw trout.
Ah yes, it’s my favorite day again: Tonguetwister Tuesday. (Not yours? What would you rather see instead of tonguetwisters? Post a comment!)
But this is emphatically not my favorite tonguetwister. I can barely say it. (Everyone is allowed to have their “word from hell”, in their native language or in some other. This is mine. Feel free to laugh!)
The hard part, of course is all those /wee/ and /wah/ sounds. But here’s the thing: reciting a tonguetwister like this is great pronunciation practice. It will remind you how important it is to use all your facial muscles when you speak French. Don’t even try to go fast on this one, unless you are a native speaker of French. (And if you are, I challenge you to say this just once all the way through without making a mistake!)
Well? Go on! All that facial exercise will keep you looking young!