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Angry I can't whistle, Aibu to ask for tips how ??

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onmybroomstick Thu 18-May-17 18:51:08

30 years old, for the life of me I cannot do it. 7 year old ds takes great pleasure in trying to teach me and I'm actually annoyed at myself now that I can't do it. How do I learn!!!! Someone please teach me 🙄

NellieFiveBellies Thu 18-May-17 19:45:33

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farfarawayfromhome Thu 18-May-17 19:56:22

Ah, this reminds me of the peppa pig episode where peppa can't whistle and Rebecca rabbit can.

As you were!

CricketRuntAndRashers Thu 18-May-17 20:15:23


It's also different whether you do it with or without fingers.

ahipponamedbooboobutt Thu 18-May-17 20:16:20

32 and can't whistle. I'm not angry over it though, some people just can't

PasDevantLesElephants Thu 18-May-17 20:16:53

I can't whistle if I've been drinking so my top tip would be to cut down on the cider.

That may not be universally applicable though grin

Ethylred Thu 18-May-17 20:24:15

"You know how to whistle, don't you? You just put your lips together.

And blow."

specialsubject Thu 18-May-17 20:24:44

I can't either, never have.

Random aside - according to ian Fleming it indicates homosexuality. Not in my case but one person isn't data.

WankingMonkey Thu 18-May-17 20:28:15

I can't do the ridiculously loud whistle with fingers.

I remember spending hours trying to teach myself to whistle. I did get it eventually. Did the same with the rolly tongue thing that sounds a bit like a cat purr? I hope to god someone knows what I mean by that or I will look slightly crazed...

DJBaggySmalls Thu 18-May-17 20:33:16

WankingMonkey grin I can do the finger, lips, and teeth whistle but not the rolly tongue thing.

There are loads of YouTube vids, what an age we live in.

WimbledonMum1 Thu 18-May-17 20:35:16

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BMW6 Thu 18-May-17 20:37:21

Theres just a knack to it - took me a long time and one day it just clicked.

MuffinWar Thu 18-May-17 20:57:17

Bloody hell. Spent the past ten mins or so watching videos trying to whistle. I've concluded that my tongue tie is too severe for tongue curling envy

boolifooli Thu 18-May-17 21:09:26

For a long time I thought it was related to the ability to curl the tongue which, I believe, is genetic.

glitterglitters Thu 18-May-17 21:10:17

I can't click my fingers. People say that means I'm weird sad

Kokapetl Thu 18-May-17 21:18:18

Best I can think of to say is push the middle of your lips as far forward as you can, just the middle, as if you are saying foo (!) in an exaggerated way. Then make the smallest possible gap between you lips. Then slowly increase the gap while blowing out at a steady rate until you get a whistling sound? Let me know if this actually works for anyone!

CatsCantFlyFast Thu 18-May-17 21:38:12

I also have to have my tongue behind my bottom teeth. There's a difference between pursing your lips and blowing, and whistling successfully; I'm trying to figure out what it is. Can you blow across the top of a milk bottle/bottle and make a whistle sound? I'd start with that as I think it's very very close in terms of what you need to do with your mouth and then gradually retreat from the bottle grin

CricketRuntAndRashers Thu 18-May-17 21:50:11

I can't do it with my lips behind my bottom teeth.

But it makes me hiss. Actually rather ferosciously imo. My cat's head swivelled when she heard me...

My tongue is in the middle of my mouth and I make it kind of "pointy" and the air goes between my upper teeth and the tongue (that's difficult to explain in English, sorry...)

When I have my finger in my moth (thumb and pointy finger) the tongue isn't pointed.

DJBaggySmalls Thu 18-May-17 21:51:17

Is anyone else gurning and blowing raspberries now grin

Awwlookatmybabyspider Thu 18-May-17 21:55:21

Ewwwwww. Why do you want to whistle. Its the bloody height of bad manners. Its uncouth and It brings bad luck.
Whistling women and a cackling hen. Will drive the devil out of his den.

CricketRuntAndRashers Thu 18-May-17 21:58:10


Oh, you sound like my grandmother. (not necessarily a bad thing, btw!)

According to her girls aren't allowed to whistle (although it is rather useful when walking the dog... But nooo... "Stop behaving like a farmboy!")

DandelionAndBedrock Thu 18-May-17 21:58:24

I played my (infant) class a video clip about a bird who can't whistle - it has a really catchy tune (other characters whistling). They all pootled out to break whistling away whilst I spluttered along at the back of the room sad.

CricketRuntAndRashers Thu 18-May-17 21:58:31

(and no, there is absolutely nothing wrong with farmers or farm boys imo)

canihaveacoffeeplease Thu 18-May-17 22:07:10

I'm 33 and can't whistle!! DH has been trying to teach me for 11 years. On the plus side, he also taught me to click my fingers. Left hand, fabulous, right hand, still can't. In right handed blush

canihaveacoffeeplease Thu 18-May-17 22:09:07

Farfaraway I love that peppa pig episode, when she hangs up on suzi sheep is brilliant. And I am not a fan of peppa pig at all! Sadly dd (2) loves peppa. Sob.

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