Do tongue twisters help with learning?
Neither nor nor neither can be used with either or or either, whereas neither either...or...or nor neither...nor...nor are either wrong or right, right?
I think so.
While Tolley seems to be up-to-date on the research, I can only speak from personal experience. I found tongue twisters and other mnemonics to be helpful in learning/memorizing complicated facts "in bulk."
During my first two semesters of architectural history, we were required to memorize facts for about 500 buildings each semester. As part of the final exam, we would be shown a picture of a building, and we would have to identify its name, location, style, architect, and year. So I made up little ditties for each. Today, 35 years later, I still recall the ditty when I see certain buildings.
|link||edited Oct 10 '12 at 17:21 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow|
I have never heard the sample you gave, Peter, but it doesn't really twist my tongue. I think that it depends on what one is trying to learn. Tolley described using tongue twisters to aid in learning how to speak English. Your example about either and neither seems more like a catchy device used to remember a grammar rule. Peter Piper's pickled peppers won't help me to learn something like that. The saying "i before e, except after c" does, though.
When music is added to words, it is much easier to remember. Jeff Pribyl still remembers some of his ditties 35 years later. Thanks to Tommy Tutone, a lot of us remember that Jenny's number is 867-5309. In high school, my German teacher sang a lot. It made learning a new language a lot easier. Advertisers use jingles because they are more easily remembered, so less repetition is needed.
|link||edited Oct 11 '12 at 07:34 Patty T Grammarly Fellow|
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