Talking About
  Discover Through Learning
 Home  Links 19 Jun. 2018   
Language Holidays
Interpreting - Translation

Talking about Lies...

“A half-truth is a whole lie.”

Listen to A lie is a statement made by someone who believes or suspects it to be false in the expectation that the hearers may believe it. A true statement may be a lie if the speaker thinks it is false. Fictions, though false, are not lies. To lie is to tell a lie. A person who tells a lie, and especially a person who habitually tells lies, is a liar. To lie involves intentional deception.

Listen to Don’t confuse!

Listen to Lie – lied – lied
Listen to Lie – lay – lain
Listen to Lay – laid - laid

Some Quotations about Honesty:

If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything. - Mark Twain
No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar. - Abraham Lincoln
A half truth is a whole lie. - Yiddish Proverb
With lies you may get ahead in the world - but you can never go back.
A lie may take care of the present, but it has no future. - Author Unknown
Beware of the half truth. You may have gotten hold of the wrong half. - Author Unknown

Listen to Here are some expressions containing the word lie:

Listen to to lie through one’s teeth - to tell someone something which you know is completely false
Listen to to tell somebody a lie or lies - to say something or things that are not true
Listen to to live a lie - to live in a way that is dishonest because you are pretending to be something that you are not, to yourself or to other people
Listen to white lie - a lie that is told in order to be polite or to stop someone from being upset by the truth
Listen to lie detector - a piece of equipment used to try to discover if someone is telling lies

Listen to She told me a lie.
Listen to You won’t get far by lying.
Listen to Don’t lie to me!
Listen to You have been lying to me the whole time.

Now we put new vocabulary into context, so you can see how you might use these terms yourself. The expressions are in boldface in the text.

Listen to They were accused of lying.

Listen to Dave was lying through his teeth when he said he’d never seen her before; they’ve known each other for years.

Listen to If you’re going to tell somebody a lie, you better have a good memory.

Listen to How can somebody lie right to someone’s face and stare them in the eye.

Listen to Please don’t lie to me, unless you’re absolutely sure I’ll never find out the truth.
Listen to White lie can be defined as an often trivial, diplomatic, or well-intentioned untruth.

Listen to During a lie detector test, the operator asks a series of control questions that set the pattern of how an individual responds when giving true and false answers. Then the actual questions are asked, mixed in with filler questions. The examination lasts about 2 hours, after which the expert interprets the data.


   Imprint    Privacy Policy