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Chinese, Yue or Cantonese Tongue Twisters

1st International Collection of Tongue Twisters © 1996-2018 by Mr.Twister

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baak6 sek6 baak6 jau6 waat6
bun1 loi4 baak6 sek6 daap2 baak6 t'aap2
baak6 sek6 t'aap2 baak6 sek6 daap2
baak6 sek6 daap2 baak6 t'aap2
daap2 hou5 baak6 sek6 t'aap2
baak6 t'aap3 baak6 jau6 waat6


入實驗室 噤緊急制

jap6 sat6 jim6 sat1, kam6 gan5 gap1 zai2



gwat3 gum1 gwat3 gat1 gwat3 gai1 gwat1



jap6 sik6 mat6 sat6 jim6 sat1 gam6 gan2 sap6 go3 gam6 gap1 zai3

註: 噤應為「手」旁



cong4 goek3 zong6 coeng4 gok3
coeng4 gok3 zong6 cong4 goek3
nei5 waa6 cong4 goek3 zong6 coeng4 gok3 ding6 coeng4 gok3 zong6 cong4 goek3



jan4 dei6 waa6 / dung1 mun4 dung2 gaa1 go3 dung1 gwaa1 daai6 gwo3 sai1 mun4 si1 gaa1 go3 sai1 gwaa1 jau6 daai6 gwo3 dung1 mun4 dung1 gaa1 go3 dung1 gwaa1 di



soeng1 cang4 ngau4 juk6 geoi6 mou4 baa3
zoeng3 zap1 joeng4 cung1 gaap3 ceng1 gwaa1
zi1 si6 sang1 coi3 gaa1 zi1 maa4
jan4 jan4 sik6 gwo3 siu3 haa1 haa1

This tongue twister has become a classic in Hong Kong and was one of the most successful McDonald's marketing strategies in the 80's. Anyone who managed to finish these sentences within five seconds in front of the service desk in the restaurant would get a Quarter Pounder with Cheese free.



jat1 man1 jat1 gan1 gwai1 / cat1 man1 jat1 gan1 gai1 / nei5 waa6 gai1 gwai3 gwo3 gwai1 / ding6 hai6 gwai1 gwai3 gwo3 gai1 / gam2 gau3 ging2 gai1 gwai3 ding6 gwai1 gwai3



jau4 tsai1 song3 sun3 sun4 sok6 sun3 tsok1 song3 tsoet1





Rough Translations

  1. up White rock is white and smooth. Bring white rock to build a white pagoda. The white pagoda is built of white rock. Build the white pagoda with white rock. When the building of the white rock pagoda is completed, the white pagoda is white and smooth.
  2. up Enter the laboratory to press the emergency button.
  3. up Dig the gold, dig the bones, dig the bones of the chicken.
  4. up Get into the food laboratory and press ten emergency buttons. Literally: enter (1st character) / food laboratory (2nd-5th) / pressing (6-7th) / ten (8th) / [quantitative word] (9th) / emergency button (10-12th)
  5. up A leg of bed hits a corner of wall, and the other way round happens. Does the leg of bed hit the corner of wall, or the corner of wall hit the leg of bed? Literally: leg of bed (1-2) / hit (3) / corner of wall (4-5) / corner of wall (6-7) / hit (8) / leg of bed (9-10) / you (11) / say, reckon, think (12) / leg of bed (13-14) / hit (15) / corner of wall (16-17) / or (18) / corner of wall (19-20) / hit (21) / leg of bed (22)
  6. up The Dung's in the east of the town has a gourd bigger than the watermelon of the Si's in the west of the town. On the other hand, the gourd of the Dung's is a little bit bigger than that of the Dung's [N.B. another Dung] in the east of the town. Literally: someone (1-2) / say, rumour (3) / east of the town [the east gate] (4-5) / Dung's [the family of Dung] (6-7) / [genitive word] (8) / gourd ['winter gourd'] (9-10) / bigger than (11-12) / west of the town [the west gate] (13-14) / Si's [the family of Si] (15-16) / [genitive word] (17) / water melon (18-19) / as well, also (20) / bigger than (21-22) / east of the town [the east gate] (23-24) / Dung's [the family of Dung, N.B. another Dung] (25-26) / [genitive word] (27) / gourd ['winter gourd'] (28-29) / [interjection, meaning scantily, a little bit]
  7. up Within the Quarter Pounder with Cheese, you'll find sauce, onion, cucumber, also cheese, lettuce and sesame - everyone who has tried this will be jolly! Literally: Quarter Pounder with Cheese (1-7) / sauce (8-9) / onion (10-11) / hold in between (12) / cucumber (14) / cheese (15-16) / lettuce (17-18) / plus, add (19) / sesame (20-21) / everybody (22-23) / have tried, have eaten (24-25) / laugh (26) / [interjection, sounding HAHA] (27)
  8. up A 0.5kg tortoise costs a dollar. A 0.5kg chicken costs seven dollars. Does chicken cost more than tortoise, or tortoise than chicken? Afterall, which is more expensive? Literally: one (1) / dollar (2) / one (3) / half kilogram [approximately] (4) / tortoise (5) / seven (6) / dollar (7) / one (8) / half kilogram (9) / chicken (10) / you (11) / say, reckon, think (12) / chicken (13) / more expensive than (14-15) / tortoise (16) / or (17) / tortoise (18) / more expensive than (19-20) / chicken (21) / [interjection, meaning so, then, how about] (22) / whether (23-24) / chicken (25) / more expensive (26) / or (27) / tortoise (28) / more expensive (29)
  9. up When the postman delivers a letter, he simply delivers it swiftly.
  10. up (A) drunk soldier stopped to listen.
  11. up (A) rich woman carried her husband to the Fu's residence.


Joe Buchanan, Ricky Fong, CP Lai, Kitty Leung, Carl Masthay, Julia Mok


Ethnologue, Languages of the World: Yue Chinese

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Compilation © 1996-2018 by Mr.Twister was last updated on 2018-06-15.