Can you can a can as a canner can can a can?
To make me feel better about myself I've forced my students to say things like:
· The thirty-three thieves thought that they thrilled the throne throughout Thursday.
They get so frustrated and I love it. I tell them about my problem with "th" in 3rd grade and how I had to watch my tongue in a mirror. (I actually don't remember much from speech class and it's weird.)
· Wunwun was a racehorse, Tutu was one too. Wunwun won one race, Tutu won one too.
· I saw a saw in Arkansas,
that would outsaw any saw I ever saw,
and if you got a saw that will outsaw the saw I saw in Arkansas,
let me see your saw.
· Nine new noisy, nosy, annoying neighbors.
· Lesser leather never weathered wetter weather better.
· Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear.
Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair.
Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn't very fuzzy,
After we do 'Fuzzy Wuzzy' I show them a list on the board:
They see "bear" and think of ear, dear, fear, gear, hear, near, tear, etc.
But I say, "A care bear wears a pear and tears into a stare." It makes no sense and I've given up explaining the care bears, but I hope it helps.
My favorite though is when I point to "beard" and I say, "What's this?" They say, "Oiseau" and make flapping motions.
(I've also done "i" "I" minimal pairs like
since I can never say, "Take out a sheet of paper," without them giggling.)