Conversation Activity

Look at the following quotes about lies and lying. Explain what they mean in your own words. Which ones do you particularly agree/ disagree with?

“People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election” otto von bismarck 19th century German statesman

“always tell the truth, that way you don’t have to remember what you said”. Mark Twain, American writer.

 “A half truth is a whole lie” Yiddish proverb

  "A lie told often enough becomes the truth."  -   Lenin


Look at the list below. Mark on a scale of 1 to 5 how bad you consider these examples of dishonest behavior:  1= perfectly normal ,  5=very dishonest.

¨  Pretending you’re ill in order to have a day off.
¨  Not telling a salesperson that he/she has undercharge you.
¨  Saying you like a gift when you really hate it.
¨  Cheating on a boyfriend or girlfriend.
¨  Lying about your age.
¨  Lying about your professional experience on your CV.
¨  Using the office phone to make personal long distance calls.
¨  Doing nothing after damaging a parked car.
¨  Not declaring all the income in a tax declaration.
¨  Gossiping about a colleague behind his/her back.

Discuss your answers with the group.

ANSWERS:   Aung San Suu Kyi (Burmese democratic leader) (F)    -   Mikhail Gorbachev (last leader of former USSR) (A)  - Margaret Thatcher (former PM of Britain) (E)  -  Hugo Chavez (president of Venezuela) (D)  - Nelson Mandela (first black president South Africa) (C)
George Bush Sr (former president US) (B)

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