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(Updated on 25/05/2016)


Related pages :

Ads (vocabulary and activities)
Counterfeit goods
Fake news
False friends / Confusions
How to persuade - How to convince


Encyclopedia :

  • Lie (Wikipedia)
    1 Morality of lying
    1.1 Lying distinguished from bullshitting
    1.2 Etiquette of lying
    1.3 Paradox of lying
    2 Psychology of lying
    2.1 Sociology and linguistics of lying
    2.2 Lies and trust
    2.3 Lies during childhood
    3 Lie detection
    4 Representations of lie...


Vocabulary :

  • 75 Synonyms for “Cheat,” “Fraud,” or “Trickery”
    "Human beings have developed cheating, fraud, and trickery into such a high art (or, more accurately, a low one) that, in English at least, we’ve created an extensive and colorful vocabulary to describe such activity. Here is an exhaustive but incomplete list of synonyms in noun and/or verb form for cheatfraud, and trickery."

  • 25 Synonyms for “Deceptive” and “Fake
    "Many words related to deceptive and fake exist, but some have specific senses for distinctive usage.
    Here are some alternatives to these terms and the related words deceitful and false and their connotations..."




Facts :

  • Propaganda: Lies and distortion - The British Library's new exhibition
    "Propaganda has a bad name. It is what repressive regimes use to glorify their leaders, motivate their citizens and demonise their enemies.
    It is about lies and distortion, manipulation and misrepresentation."

    + Watch three examples of historical public information films

  • Most parents 'lie to their children'
    "Most parents tell lies to their children as a tactic to change their behaviour, suggests a study of families in the United States and China."



  • Will we ever... create a perfect lie detector?
    "To create machines that can always tell when someone is lying, we need to know much more about what goes on in our brains.
    In The Truth Machine, a science-fiction novel published in 1996, scientists invent a device that can detect lies with perfect accuracy.
    It abolishes crime, changes the world, and generally saves humanity from self-destruction..."



  • Men are bigger liars than women, says poll
    "Men are more likely to tell lies than women and feel less guilty about it...
    the average British man tells three lies every day, that's equivalent to 1,092 a year...
    Mums are the people mostly likely to be lied to."

    + MEN'S TOP 10 LIES - 1. I didn't have that much to drink
    - 1. Nothing's wrong, I'm fine

  • US balloon boy case 'was a hoax'
    "A US sheriff has said the case of six-year-old Falcon Heene who was believed to be adrift in a helium balloon, prompting a major alert, was a hoax."
    + a VIDEO



  • Sarah Palin duped by prank call
    "US vice-presidential hopeful Sarah Palin has become the victim of a prank phone call by a Canadian comedian posing as the French president."
    - with AUDIO




    a steamroller
    rolls over pirated Garfield dolls

    • Counterfeit (Wikipedia)
      1 Counterfeiting of money
      1.1 History 1.2 Instances 1.3 Effect on society 1.4 Anti-counterfeiting measures 1.5 Money art 1.6 Famous counterfeiters
      2 Counterfeiting of documents
      3 Photo tampering
      4 Counterfeiting of consumer goods
      4.1 Apparel and accessories 4.2 Media products 4.3 Drugs...


    • Fake Ferrari star of piracy show
      "It is indeed not only an economic problem; but a public health and a consumer problem...
      Today, they are into electronics, they are into medicine, they are into food."



Conversation questions :

Listening :

  • Can You Catch a Liar? - Text + Audio + Quiz
    "What is the best way to catch someone in a lie?
    Traditional thinking would have us believe that watching body language and facial expressions work well.
    But a new study shows something quite different. This story has some great expressions about lying. And that is no lie."

  • 'Liar! Liar! Pants on Fire!' - Text + Audio - 5 December 2015
    "Fibs. Stretch the truth. Exaggerate. Make things up. Half-truths. Bend the truth. Outright lies. And out-and-out, barefaced or bold-faced lies.
    To be tangled in a web of one’s own lies … is no place to be."

  • Deception and lies. - with AUDIO (BBC)
    "How good are you at spotting if someone is 'telling a porky'?
    Practise the vocabulary you learn in the programme with the table of phrases" and an interactive quiz.

INTERACTIVE exercises :


  • Deception and lies. - with AUDIO (BBC)
    "How good are you at spotting if someone is 'telling a porky'?
    Practise the vocabulary you learn in the programme with the table of phrases" and an interactive quiz.


Exercises TO PRINT :

  • Types of liars : "Match The Word With The Meaning" (


Lesson plans :

  • The language of lying - a lesson
    "We hear anywhere from 10 to 200 lies a day. And we’ve spent much of our history coming up with ways to detect them, from medieval torture devices to polygraphs, blood pressure and breathing monitors, voice stress analyzers, eye trackers, infrared brain scanners, and even the 400-pound electroencephalogram.."


  • Police to Charge Balloon Boy Father - a lesson plan
    "Police in Colorado, USA, are to charge a man who started a massive emergency rescue operation for his son.
    It seems the search may have been nothing more than a publicity stunt..."


  • True or False? - a lesson plan (Education World)
    "Students complete a tutorial on Web literacy and use what they learn to determine the reliability of Web site content."


Games TO PRINT :


Idioms :


Quotations :

  • Lying Quotes (
    ex : "When in doubt, tell the truth." (Mark Twain)


Stories :

  • The Other Side of Truth "is a children's novel about Nigerian political refugees by Beverley Naidoo, published in 2000.
    A powerful story about justice and freedom of speech, it received several awards including the Carnegie Medal.
    The novel is set in the autumn of 1995 during the reign of the despot General Abacha who is waging a campaign of suppression against journalists.
    A Nigerian girl and her younger brother have to leave Nigeria suddenly when their mother is killed during an assassination attempt on their outspoken journalist father. They are abandoned in London and have to cope with the police, social services and school bullies."


    The Other Side of Truth - Worksheets

    "Tell a lie, play with fire. But don’t complain about the smoke!"

  • Police officer pulls over a speeding car... (





Poems :

  • The Liars by Carl Sandburg ( :
    "A liar is a liar, clothes or no clothes.
    A liar is a liar and lives on the lies he tells and dies in a life of lies."


Cartoons :

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Whistle Blowers Cartoons 


The liar lying


The truth



BALLOON BOY - Cartoons

I know the real story!


No torture


Torture ? What torture ?


I have never lied


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enregistrer l'image
pour obtenir la taille normale.)


I'll call you



You want the truth...?



through the years



A very popular pub



Let me explain!


I'm fortyish




It's only a camel!



Cinema :

  • Liar Liar 
    "is a 1997 American family comedy film written by Paul Guay and Stephen Mazur, directed by Tom Shadyac and starring Jim Carrey...
    In Los AngelesCalifornia Fletcher Reede (Jim Carrey) is a career-focused lawyer and divorced father. He loves spending time with his young son Max (Justin Cooper)...
    But Fletcher has a habit of giving precedence to his job, breaking promises to Max and his ex-wife Audrey (Maura Tierney), and then lying about the reasons.
    Fletcher's compulsive lying has also built him a reputation as one of the best defense lawyers in the state of California as he is climbing the ladder in the firm he is working for..."


    Synopsis (
    "Fletcher Reede (Jim Carrey) is a lawyer obsessed with his career, and he's devoted his life to bending the truth to his advantage..."


  • An Ideal Husband (
    Director: Oliver Parker
    starring: Rupert Everett, Julianne Moore, Cate Blanchett

    - Adaptation of an Oscar Wilde play.
    "Goring... finds himself caught up in a tangled web of lies, temptations, and trysts.

    With a study guide - PDF

  • F for Fake - The Ultimate Mirror of Orson Welles (

TV series :

  • Lie to Me 
    "is an American television series that originally ran on the Fox network from January 21, 2009 to January 31, 2011.
    In the show, Dr. Cal Lightman (Tim Roth) and his colleagues in The Lightman Group accept assignments from third parties (commonly local and federal law enforcement), and assist in investigations, reaching the truth through applied psychology: interpreting microexpressions, through the Facial Action Coding System, and body language.[2]...
    Based on the real-life scientific discoveries of Paul Ekman, the series follows Lightman and his team of deception experts as they assist law enforcement and government agencies to expose the truth behind the lies "


    Watch Lie to me Season 2 First Promo (YouTube)

Videos :



  • The Lie We Live
    "Exposing the truth about our corrupt world. My name is Spencer Cathcart and this is a short film I made & wrote."





  • Michael Shermer: Baloney Detection Kit
    "With a sea of information coming at us from all directions, how do we sift out the misinformation and bogus claims, and get to the truth?
    Michael Shermer of Skeptic Magazine lays out a "Baloney Detection Kit," ten questions we should ask when encountering a claim.

    1. How reliable is the source of the claim?
    2.Does the source make similar claims?
    3. Have the claims been verified by somebody else?
    4. Does this fit with the way the world works?
    5. Has anyone tried to disprove the claim?
    6. Where does the preponderance of evidence point?
    7. Is the claimant playing by the rules of science?
    8. Is the claimant providing positive evidence?
    9. Does the new theory account for as many phenomena as the old theory?
    10. Are personal beliefs driving the claim?"




Songs :

  • MGMT - Your Life Is A Lie (YouTube) + LYRICS :
    "Here's the deal
    Open your eyes
    Your life is a lie
    Don't say a word
    I'll tell you why
    You're living a lie
    Your life is a lie
    But you deny, you ever lied..."



  • Rollins Band - Liar
    "I don't know why I feel the need to lie and cause you so much pain
    Maybe it's something inside, maybe it's something I can't explain
    'cause all I do is mess you up and lie to you"

    + the VIDEO (YouTube)
  • Muse - Uprising
    "Another promise, another scene,
    Another packaged lie to keep us trapped in greed,
    And all the green belts wrapped around our minds...
    They will not force us,
    They will stop degrading us,
    They will not control us,
    We will be victorious"

    + the VIDEO (YouTube)
  • Cry by James Blunt :
    "Do you see the truth through all their lies?...
    Come and sit with me, and cry on my shoulder,
    I'm a friend.
    And if you want to talk about it anymore,
    Lie here on the floor and cry on my shoulder,
    I'm a friend."
  • Don't Lie by Black Eyed Peas :
    "Hey, baby my nose is getting big
    I noticed it be growing when I been telling them fibs
    Now you say your trust's getting weaker
    Probably coz my lies just started getting deeper..."
  • Girl next door by Take 5
    "I'm Sorry, I'm Sorry
    Forgive me,...
    All my friends say don't tell your girl the truth
    But I had to...
    I apologize"
  • Honesty by Billy Joel :
    "Honesty is such a lonely word.
    Everyone is so untrue...
    But I don't want some pretty face
    to tell me pretty lies.
    All I want is someone to believe..."
    - the VIDEO (YouTube)
  • Liar by Queen :
    "Nobody believes me Liar
    Why don't they leave me alone?...
    Liar oh ev'rybody deceives me...
    Liar you're lying to me...
    Liar nobody believes you"

  • Lie to me by Jonny Lang :
    "Lie to me, it doesn't matter anymore
    It could never be, the way it was before"
  • Tell the truth by Eric Clapton :
    "Tell the truth. Tell me who's been fooling you?
    Tell the truth. Who's been fooling who?...
    Hear what I say, 'cause every word is true.
    You know I wouldn't tell you no lies."
  • Would I Lie To You? by Eurythmics :
    "Would I lie to you honey?
    Now would I say something that wasn't true?...
    Tell you straight - no intervention.
    To your face - no deception."