Languages › English as a Second Language 'Sea Shells by the Seashore' Tongue Twister Share Flipboard Email Print Bill Harrison/Flickr/CC BY 2.0 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 February 21, 2019 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 sounds. This tongue twister is perfect for practicing your 's' sounds. Use lots of breath to help you get the hissing 's' sound strong. Remember that 's' is voiceless - pronounced without the voice by pushing air between your teeth and through open and rounded lips. Sea Shells by the Sea Shore She sells sea shells by the seashore.The shells she sells are surely seashells.So if she sells shells on the seashore,I'm sure she sells seashore shells. Improve Your Pronunciation of 'S' Sea Shells by the Seashore helps you practice 's'. The 's' sound is voiceless and sometimes confused with the 'z' sound which is voiced, or the 'sh' sound which is also voiceless. Practice the difference in these sounds with minimal pairs - words that only have a difference between the 's', 'z' and 'sh' sound. sip - ship - zipsea - z - shesign - shinezap - sap Feel the Difference Between Voiceless and Voiced Sounds Place your hand on your throat and say 'sea' and you will feel no vibration for the 's' sound. Place your hand on your throat and say 'zebra' and you'll feel no vibration at all for the 'z' - a voiced sound.