A tree toad loved a she-toad,
Who lived up in a tree.
He was a two-toed tree toad,
But a three-toed toad was she.
The two-toed tree toad tried to win,
The three-toed she-toad’s heart,
For the two-toed tree toad loved the ground,
That the three-toed tree toad trod.
But the two-toed tree toad tried in vain.
He couldn’t please her whim.
From her tree toad bower,
With her three-toed power,
The she-toad vetoed him.
I chose this tongue twister after looking through multiple lists of tongue twisters. It was one that I could find that I could think of audio to accompany it, a criteria of the assignment. I hadn’t heard this twister before! I think if might be Australian, since the website I found it on is Australian.
This wasn’t a super hard assignment. It did take me about 20 times to get it right! I’m a bit of a perfectionist. I also did feel kind of silly! I do wonder what my suitmates were thinking when I recorded it… The audio I found on Freesound is of two frogs, which is perfect for this twister, though the audio is of two male frogs. Well! Probably the one people who could tell by the sound are zoologists and biologists. If you are either of those two things, I’m sorry! Please don’t get too offended!
By the way, this is as fast as I can say it clearly enough for other people to be able to understand!
Sidenote: For whatever reason, I feel like I sound, or at least in some takes of this sounded, slightly English. I am not English. I’ve lived in NOVA my entire life. I do have some speech articulation issues. I have had a few people think that I have a British accent (as well as French and German. I don’t know where German came from!). I really noticed this when I went slower. Either I sound British when I say toad or the word toad is really British!
Also Sidenote: Freesound is ridiculously easy to use. It took me less than a minute to make an account and searching and downloading sounds is also so easy!
This is the assignment that I made this for:
This is where the words came from:
This is where the frog sounds came from:
tree frog duett.mp3
February 14th, 2006
I cut off the last 24 seconds, as my tongue twister didn’t go on for 40 seconds
My featured image is from here: