Languages › English as a Second Language Betty Botter Tongue Twister Work on Your "Bs" Share Flipboard Email Print Planet Flem/Getty Images English as a Second Language Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Writing Skills Reading Comprehension Grammar Business English Resources for Teachers By Kenneth Beare English as a Second Language (ESL) Expert TESOL Diploma, Trinity College London M.A., Music Performance, Cologne University of Music B.A., Vocal Performance, Eastman School of Music Kenneth Beare is an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher and course developer with over three decades of teaching experience. our editorial process Kenneth Beare Updated July 23, 2018 Tongue twisters are fun words games we use to challenge our pronunciation. As an English learner, you can use tongue twisters to help with pronunciation of certain consonant sounds in combination with a wide variety of vowels. In this tongue twister, Betty Botter, you can work on your 'b's. Use lots of breath to help you get the plosive 'b' sound strong. Remember that 'b' is voiced — pronounced using the vocal chords by a strong explosion of air through the lips. Betty Botter Betty Botter had some butter,"But," she said, "this butter's bitter.If I bake this bitter butter,it would make my batter bitter.But a bit of better butter--that would make my batter better." So she bought a bit of butter,better than her bitter butter,and she baked it in her batter,and the batter was not bitter.So 'twas better Betty Botterbought a bit of better butter. Listen to Betty Botter a number of times and then try it for yourself! Improving Your Pronunciation of B Better Botter helps you practice 'b'. The 'b' sound is voiced and is similar to the 'p' sound which is voiceless. The difference between the two sounds is that the 'b' uses the voice. Practice the difference in these sounds with minimal pairs - words that only have a difference between the 'b' and 'p' sound. bob - popblob - plopbeg - pegpitch - bitchpeck - beck Feel the Sound Difference Place your hand on your throat and say 'bag' and you will feel a vibration for both 'b' and 'go'. Place your hand on your throat and say 'pop' and you'll feel no vibration at all. To practice the difference, try the Peter Piper tongue twister below which focuses on the voiceless 'p'.