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Anna

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Tongue-twisters
« on: 2007-02-13 19:54:34 »
They're usually nonsense but I consider them fun :)

She sells sea shells on the sea shore;
The shells that she sells are sea shells I'm sure.
So if she sells sea shells on the sea shore,
I'm sure that the shells are sea shore shells.

I'm not the pheasant plucker, I'm the pheasant plucker's mate,
And I'm only plucking pheasants 'cause the pheasant plucker's late.
I'm not the pheasant plucker, I'm the pheasant plucker's son,
And I'm only plucking pheasants till the pheasant pluckers come.

I slit a sheet, a sheet I slit, upon the slitted sheet I sit.

Shut the shutters and sit in the shop.

Betty Botter bought some butter, "But", she said "this butter's bitter, If I put it in my batter, it will make my batter bitter! But a bit of better butter will make my batter better!". So she bought some better butter, better than the bitter butter, and she put it in her batter and her batter was not bitter! So 'twas better Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter.

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.

Three free thieves set three thieves free.

W czasie suszy szosa sucha, więc szedł Sasza szosą.

Wyścigówka wyścigowa wyścignęła wyścigówkę wyścigową numer sześć.

Stół z powyłamywanymi nogami.
pain is an illusion of the senses, despair an illusion of the mind

argh.

johannes

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Re: Tongue-twisters
« Reply #1 on: 2007-02-13 23:33:51 »
Polish for beginners:

Czytam citaty z Tacita...
Cieszę się że się ze mną zgadzasz.

Finnish for intermediates:

Ääliö, älä lyö! Ööliä läikkyy.

- Kokko, kokoo koko kokko kokoon!
- Koko kokkoko?
- Kyllä, koko kokko.

Älä rääkkää sitä kääkkää!
No en mää sitä rääkkääkkää!

saippuakippokukkakivikakkukoppikauppias (a palindrome!)

Advanced Finnish:

järjestelmällistämättömyydelläänsäkäänköhän

Koko Kokko kokoo koko kokkoa koko kokolla,
koko kokolla kokoo koko kokko koko kokkoa.

syyttämättäjättämispäätöksestään

Yksikseskös istuskelet, itsekseskös itkeskelet?

Appilan pappilan apupapin papupata pankolla kiehuu ja kuohuu.
Pappilan paksuposki piski pisti paksun papukeiton poskeensa.

And the nicest at the end:

hääyöaie = a wedding night plan

Anna

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Re: Tongue-twisters
« Reply #2 on: 2007-02-13 23:46:50 »
"citaty"=>"cytaty" ;)
pain is an illusion of the senses, despair an illusion of the mind

argh.

johannes

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Re: Tongue-twisters
« Reply #3 on: 2007-02-13 23:58:12 »
probably also Tacyta?

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Re: Tongue-twisters
« Reply #4 on: 2007-02-17 13:32:08 »
yup, that too :)
pain is an illusion of the senses, despair an illusion of the mind

argh.

Laura

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Re: Tongue-twisters
« Reply #5 on: 2007-02-17 15:09:37 »
Johannes, could you also post the translations (if they're such that we would not *not* want to know...) ?

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Re: Tongue-twisters
« Reply #6 on: 2007-02-19 19:11:38 »
Ääliö, älä lyö! Ööliä läikkyy.
Don't hit me, idiot! The beer will spill! [extreme slang]

- Kokko, kokoo koko kokko kokoon!
- Kokko, collect the whole group for (preparing) the midsummer bonfire!
- Koko kokkoko?
- The whole group?
- Kyllä, koko kokko.
- Yes, the whole group.

Älä rääkkää sitä kääkkää!
Do not torture that old goat!
No en mää sitä rääkkääkkää!
But I'm not torturing it at all!

saippuakippokukkakivikakkukoppikauppias
soap-bowl-flower-stone-cake-box seller

järjestelmä-llistä-mä-ttöm-yyde-llä-ä-nsä-kään-kö-hän
components in lexicalized form (without vowel harmony and consonant shifts):
järjestelmä-llinen-ma-ton-uus-lla-aa-nsa-kaan-ko-han
("järjestelmä" forces vowel harmony onto the whole word)
roughly: "I wonder if, even without his lack of systemizing,"
[but a little more intricate in reality]
[system-alize-ation-less-ness-with-into-his-neither-whether-even]

syyttämättäjättämispäätöksestään
from/for/out of her/his decision to release the innocent

Yksikseskös istuskelet, itsekseskös itkeskelet?
Are you sitting around a bit on your own, crying a bit by yourself?

Appilan pappilan apupapin papupata pankolla kiehuu ja kuohuu.
Pappilan paksuposki piski pisti paksun papukeiton poskeensa.
Appila vicarage's assistant pastor's beanpot is boiling on the stove.
The vicarage's fat mongrel ate up the thick bean soup.



Koko Kokko kokoo koko kokkoa koko kokolla,
koko kokolla kokoo koko kokko koko kokkoa.
The whole group collects the whole bonfire with the whole group,
with the whole group collects the whole group the whole bonfire.


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