Knowing how to do tongue tricks is a fun way to show off to your friends. Some are relatively simple, while others require more muscle control. With a little guidance, you might be able to master some pretty cool language tricks.
Part 1 of 2: Learning Simple Language Tricks
Step 1. Make a tube with your tongue
Rolling your tongue until it forms a tube is one of the most common tongue tricks. To do this, roll the outer edges of your tongue up so that the edges of your tongue touch. Put your tongue out of your lips to maintain the shape of the tube.
- To make the edges of your tongue touch, push the edges up with your fingers from the bottom. Make an “O” with your lips, and keep your tongue in the correct shape. Do this until you can roll your tongue without the aid of your fingers.
- Another way to shape your tongue is to pull the middle of your tongue muscle down. This will make the sides of your tongue come up. Try to fit the edges of your tongue along the edges of the roof of your mouth. Then push your tongue out between your lips while maintaining the shape.
- This is also known as making a putter, tongue roll, or lasso.
- 65-81% of people can curl their tongues; women achieve more than men. Recent research has begun to debunk the myth that being able to curl your tongue is a genetic trait. Several studies done with children have shown that tongue curling can be learned.
Step 2. Pull your tongue down and back
To do this trick, you basically need to bend your tongue in half. Start by placing the tip of your tongue behind your teeth. Push forward with your tongue, keeping the tip of your tongue in the same position. It should fold in half.
Open your mouth wider according to your skill level to better see how your tongue has been bending
Step 3. Turn your tongue 180 degrees
Turn your tongue in your mouth. Turn either clockwise or counterclockwise, whichever is most comfortable for you. Press your tongue against your bottom teeth while using the top ones to press the tongue and flatten it. Stick the tip of your tongue out of your lips. You will see the underside of your tongue.
To help train your language, use your fingers. Take your tongue and turn it. Keep it that way. Let go, and try to train until you're able to keep your tongue that way without needing help
Step 4. Touch your nose with your tongue
This trick can be difficult depending on the length of your tongue and the length of your nose. Start by sticking your tongue out. Point the tip of your tongue upwards. Extend your tongue as far as you can towards your nose.
- For some people it may be helpful to lift their upper lip over their teeth. For others, it may be helpful to stretch your upper lip over your teeth as much as possible, above the gumline. This makes the path your tongue has to take to shorten.
- Try to flatten your tongue as you stick it up. This can make your tongue stick out more than it would if you kept it stretched out.
- As you try to stretch your tongue to touch your nose, use your finger to guide it towards your nose.
Step 5. Learn to make the spoon
This simple trick just requires you to make a depression with your tongue. Start with your tongue flat and your mouth open. Pull the middle of your tongue down while the edges go up. Roll the tip of your tongue inward. This will make a rounded edge around your tongue that will look like a spoon.
- When you finish the trick, your tongue will stick out of your mouth. The underside of your tongue will be pressed against your lower lip.
- If you're having a hard time getting the rounded shape, try making a roll with your tongue to get started. Then lift your tip or try using your finger to make a depression in the middle of your tongue.
Step 6. Make a spaceship
This simple trick depends on the position of the lips. Cover both your upper and lower teeth with your lips. Press your tongue as flat as possible against the roof of your mouth. The edge of your tongue should be visible to your lips. The spacecraft is made up of the rounded edge of your tongue and the thin line of skin underneath.
- If you're having trouble getting the shape right, place your tongue against the roof of your mouth before moving your lips.
- Use your finger to help push your tongue into position if you can't press it against the roof of your mouth.
Part 2 of 2: Learning Advanced Language Tricks
Step 1. Make a clover leaf
The clover leaf is part of the roll made with the tongue. Make a tube with your tongue. Then pull the tip of your tongue back. As you pull her back, press the underside of your tongue against the inside of your lower lip.
- Finally, you may have to stretch your lips a lot. Turn them down a little bit to get enough tension to press again. You will have enough space to see your own language, by the way.
- Use your fingers while learning. Make a tube with your tongue. Place your fingers, about an inch apart, under your tongue. Squeeze the tip of your tongue. This helps your language start learning clover leaf formation.
Step 2. Try to share your language
This trick creates the illusion that there are two ends on the tongue. Start with your tongue flat and a little bit out of your lips. Slide your tongue inside your tongue, and put the tip of your tongue behind your teeth. Pull the middle of your tongue down so the edges go up. Close your lips around your tongue until only the sides of the tongue are visible.
- Use your finger to push the middle of your tongue down if it keeps showing. The trick is to make only the two sides visible.
- You can also achieve this by making a roll with your tongue. Make a tube with your tongue. Push the edges of the tongue that are closest to the lips away from the lips. The roller shape helps keep the rest of the tongue hidden.
Step 3. Learn the inverted T
This trick uses some of the same moves made to make the clover. Start with the tip of your tongue behind your bottom teeth. Push the middle of your tongue down as you thrust it forward. This should create a crease along your tongue, just above your teeth. In conjunction with the line in the center of your tongue, creating an upside-down T.
- You can use your fingers to keep your tongue in the correct shape.
- Keep practicing. Many of these tricks can be mastered if you keep practicing.