• Question: why do we have tounges?

    Asked by whstephanie to Anil, Blanka, Cees, Emma, Mike on 3 Jul 2012.
    • Photo: Emma Trantham

      Emma Trantham answered on 3 Jul 2012:

      Tongues are really useful muscles. Without them we would find it very difficult to chew properly. Also, we would not be able to taste what we were eating. This would be dangerous because often when something tastes bitter that is a warning it is poisonous.

    • Photo: Michael Cook

      Michael Cook answered on 3 Jul 2012:

      They also help us make certain sounds. Try saying ‘snake’ with your tongue firmly at the bottom of your mouth… it doesn’t sound right!