Russian Tounge Twisters

Russian MiniLessons: 15 Russian Tongue Twisters

Published: December 15, 2008

Poetry and tounge twisters can be a great way to improve both your vocabularly and pronounciation in Russian! In Russian, tounge twisters are known as as “скороговорки” (which means something like “fast-sayings”). Below are several скороговорки that are fairly well known in Russia and are often used for “training the tounge.”
1. На горке горько ревет Егорка.
2. На дворе трава, на траве дрова. Не руби дрова на траве двора.
3. Проворонила ворона вороненка.
4. Корабли лавировали, лавировали да не вылавировали.
5. Карл у Клары украл кораллы. Клара у Карла украла кларнет.
6. Щипцы да клещи – вот наши вещи.
7. Цапля чахла, цапля сохла, цапля сдохла наконец.
8. Пол мыла Лара, мила Ларе помогала.
9. Ехал Грека через реку, видит Грека в реке рак, сунул Грека руку в реку, рак за руку Греку цап.
10. Щетинка у чушки, чешуйка у щучки.
11. Жук жужжит и встать не может. Ждет он, кто ему поможет.
12. Волки рыщут, пищу ищут.
13. Мишка шапкой шишки сшиб.
14. Маша дала Ромаше сыворотку из-под простокваши.
15. Если руки мыли вы, если руки мыли мы, если руки вымыл ты, значит руки вымыты.

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Andrei Nesterov

Andrei Nesterov has reported on political and social issues for the Russian press as well as American outlets such as Russian Life,, and Triangle Free Press. He has travelled Russia extensively and penned many stories on the "real Russia" which lies beyond the capital and major cities. Andrei graduated from Ural State University (journalism) and Irkutsk State Linguistic University (English). He studied public policy and journalism at Duke University on a Muskie Fellowship and went on to study TESOL and teach Russian at West Virginia University. He is currently working on an PhD from West Virginia University in Political Science. Andrei contributes news, feature stories, and language resources to the SRAS site, and is an overall linguistics and research resource.

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Josh Wilson

Josh Wilson is the Assistant Director for The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) and Communications Director for Alinga Consulting Group. In those capacities, he has been managing publications and informative websites covering geopolitics, history, business, economy, and politics in Eurasia since 2003. He is based in Moscow, Russia. For SRAS, he also assists in program development and leads the Home and Abroad Programs

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