How Much Wood Would A Woodchuck Chuck If A Woodchuck Could Chuck Wood? &Raquo; Science Abc

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Tongue twisters are fun word games used lớn challenge our pronunciation.The alliteration in their phrasing allows people to concentrate their practice on one sound to lớn help with fluency. More than just silly kids" games, tongue twisters are used by actors, singers, & public speakers khổng lồ work on their enunciation & articulation, so that these performers can be understood in front of a crowd. As an English learner, you can use tongue twisters lớn help with pronunciation of certain sounds. In this woodchuck tongue twister, you can work on your "w"s. Round your lips & make a small gap between your teeth to make the "w" sound.


"How much wood would a woodchuck chuckif a woodchuck could chuck wood?He would chuck, he would, as much as he could,and chuck as much wood as a woodchuck wouldif a woodchuck could chuck wood."

Improving Your Pronunciation

The "w" sound practiced in this tongue twister is voiced và sometimes confused with the "v" sound, which is also voiced. The difference between the two sounds is that the "w" uses rounded lips and "v" is the voiced version of the voiceless "f" sound, produced by resting your teeth on your lower lip. Practice the difference in these sounds with minimal pairs, or words that haveonly a difference between the "w" & "v" sound.

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The Origin of "Woodchuck"

The "Woodchuck" tongue twister is from the refrain of the "Woodchuck Song," by Robert Hobart Davis and Theodore F. Morse. The tuy vậy debuted in an American summer hit comedy musical "The Runaways," which had a run of 167 performances between May & October in 1903 at thành phố new york City's Casino Theater. The tuy vậy was sold to consumers as sheet music featuring actress/singer/comedian Fay Templeton & on Edison wax cylinders, which predated flat phonograph records, performed by Ragtime Bob Roberts.

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An Answer lớn the Question?

Unanswered questions don't always sit right with people. In 1988, state wildlife conservation officer Richard Thomas of thủ đô new york attempted lớn figure out just how much a wood a woodchuck could chuck, if a woodchuck was capable of doing so and had the inclination. Woodchucks don't actually chuck (throw) wood, of course, but, since they are a burrowing rodent, they vì know well how to toss around some dirt. So Thomas took khổng lồ calculating a typical size of a woodchuck burrow, which consists of three rooms and a tunnel leading to it that is roughly six inches wide and extends 25 to lớn 30 feet. He determined that 35 square feet of soil needed lớn be excavated to lớn create such a burrow. Knowing that a cubic foot of soil weighs trăng tròn pounds, he calculated that a woodchuck can chuck 700 pounds of dirt a day. This calculation led Mr. Thomas, by extension, to an answer to what was then an 85-year-old question. Should a woodchuck be so inclined, Thomas concluded, he could chuck about 700 pounds of wood as well. 

More Tongue Twisters

Other American English tongue twisters includePeter Piper,SheSellsSeashells by the Seashore,Betty Botter, andA Flea & a Fly.