get (one's) tongue around (something)

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get (one's) tongue around (something)

To be able to pronounce a challenging word. I have a hard time getting my tongue around a lot of Spanish words because I can't roll my R's.
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get your tongue round something

If you can get your tongue round a word or phrase, you can pronounce it. Even he can get his tongue round these Spanish terms. The Americans find it hard to get their tongues around foreign words.
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get your ˈtongue round/around something

manage to say a difficult word correctly: I sometimes find it difficult to get my tongue around the word ‘sixth’.