Learn It Town ESL Vocal Warm Ups

by Laura Jeffcoat

Before speaking, it is always good to warm up your mouth and tongue. Before you begin a class, try these vocal warm ups.

ESL and Theater Vocal Warm Ups

  • If you saw a Pink Pug Puppy Playing Ping Pong with a Pig
    or a Great Gray Goose a Golfing with a Goat
    Would you think it half as funny…
  • Trinidad!
    And the big Mississippi
    and the town Honolulu
    and the lake Titicaca,
    the Popocatepetl is not in Canada,
    rather in Mexico, Mexico, Mexico!
    Canada, Málaga, Rimini, Brindisi
    Canada, Málaga, Rimini, Brindisi
    Yes, Tibet, Tibet, Tibet, Tibet,
    Nagasaki! Yokohama!
    Nagasaki! Yokohama!
  • Red letter, yellow letter
  • Red leather, yellow leather
  • Good blood, bad blood
  • Eleven benevolent elephants
  • Teaching ghosts to sing
  • The big, black-backed (backT) bumblebee
  • A critical cricket critic
  • Selfish shellfish
  • Really rural
  • Unique New York
  • The tip of the tongue, the lips, the teeth
  • To titillate your tastebuds, we’ve got these tasty tidbits
  • Toy boat, toy boat, toy boat
  • Beep, bip, deep, dip, reap, rip, sheep, ship

Tongue Twisters

  • Around the rugged rocks the ragged rascals ran.
  • I slit a sheet, a sheet I slit, upon a slitted sheet I sit.
  • The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick.
  • How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
  • A canner can can anything that he can, but a canner can’t can a can, can he?
  • I’m a mother pheasant plucker. I pluck mother pheasants.
  • I’m the most pleasant mother pheasant plucker who ever plucked a mother pheasant.
  • One One was a racehorse. Two Two was one, too.
  • When One One won one race, Two Two won one, too.
  • Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper.
    Did Peter Piper pick a peck of pickled peppers?
    If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
    Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
  • Sally sells sea shells by the sea shore. But if Sally sells sea shells by the sea shore then where are the sea shells Sally sells?