https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rohelohe

Die Zungenbrecher

I came across couple of tongue twisters in the German language and why keep all the fun to myself when I can frustrate other people with them :)

Try saying the following relatively fast and several times in a row: 1) In Ulm, um Ulm und Ulm herum. 2) Fischers Fritze fischt frische Fische. 3) Brautkleid bleibt Brautkleid und Blaukraut bleibt Blaukraut.

Please do share the ones you have found.

December 10, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sonnrain

Der Potsdamer Postkutscher putzt den Potsdamer Postkutschkasten.

December 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

und der Cottbuser Postkutscher putzt den Cottbuser Postkutschkasten!

December 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarcelFrey1

Schnecken erschrecken, wenn Schnecken an Schnecken schlecken, weil, zum Schrecken vieler Schnecken, Schnecken nicht schmecken.

December 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mipani

Never heard that one before. Thank you. Here's another one, although not a tongue twister but nearly incomprehensible when said to someone, even for Germans: Mähen Äbte Heu? Äbte mähen nie Heu, Äbte beten. (Translation: Do abbots mow hay? Abbots never mow hay, abbots pray). Yes, I know, hay cannot be mown because it is already mown, but anyway ...

December 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/for-science

Haha, I tried saying that out loud, it sounds like German spoken backwards.

December 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rohelohe

You got to be kidding me... :D

December 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Moesibaby

Here are even more:

Schneiderschere schneidet scharf. Scharf schneidet Schneiderschere.

Zwischen zwei Zwetschgenzweigen sitzen zwei zwitschernde Schwalben.

Die Katze tritt die Treppe krumm, krumm tritt die Katze die Treppe.

Selten ess ich Essig; ess ich Essig, ess ich Essig mit Salat.

Gibst Du dem Opi Opium, bringt Opium den Opi um.

Spinnende spanische Spanner verspannen spannende spanische Spinner.

December 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

den ersten kenne ich als "Schneiders Schere".

Zum Essig kenne ich auch noch "Selten küsst der Küster; küsst der Küster, küsst der Küster seine Frau" und "Wenn hinter Fliegen Fliegen fliegen, fliegen Fliegen Fliegen hinterher".

December 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mipani

Here's another classic: Der Leutnant von Leuthen befahl seinen Leuten nicht eher zu läuten, bis der Leutnant von Leuthen seinen Leuten das Läuten befahl. Translation: The lieutenant of Leuthen ordered his men not to start ringing the bells before the lieutenant of Leuthen would have ordered his men to ring the bells. Leuthen is a village in Silesia, Poland, where in 1757 a battle took place.

December 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bersalon

I made this one up (I'm afraid it's a little weird): Die Kuh frisst eine Kirsche in der Küche der Kirche.

December 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rohelohe

That is pretty cool :) Could make it even more difficult by adding Katolischen in front of the Kirche.

December 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sonnrain

It's "Katholischen". :)

December 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rohelohe

Aah, there is always an h hidden somewhere! :)

December 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Krinadoodle

Hmm what does that mean? The cow eats something in the kitchen the something

December 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Science_Yay

It means 'The cow eats a cherry in the church's kitchen'

December 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bersalon

That's correct!

December 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mr_Eyl

Hottentottenpotentatentantenattentat.

'The assassination of a Hottentot potentate's aunt'.

December 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rohelohe

This reminds me of the story about Rhabarberbarbara: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OOLlmY2EFg

December 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Moesibaby

Oje! Aber gut! Man benötigt schon etwas Übung, um es flüssig sprechen zu können.

It takes a lot of practice!

December 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jobabel

After two tries I just gave up on parsing that word and read the english version. Can't imagine how hard that must be for a non-native speaker.

December 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/smilljas

Auf den sieben Robbenklippen sitzen sieben Robbensippen, die sich in die Rippen stippen, bis sie von den Klippen kippen. (Seven families of seals are sitting on seven seal cliffs, nudging each other's ribs, until they all fall off the cliffs)

December 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rohelohe

I can't help but thinking of very cute seals while reading that, all nudging each other and saying things like: "Haven't you gotten a bit too chubby, mate? You are taking up so much space! I can barely feel your ribs!"

December 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/annqueue

Wenn Fliegen nach Fliegen fliegen, fliegen Fliegen Fliegen nach.

December 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Schorschi

Erst spielten sie am Teich ein Weilchen, dann spielten sie mit weichen Teilchen.

Wenn Griechen hinter Griechen kriechen, kriechen Griechen Griechen nach.

September 9, 2017
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