The language of lying — Noah Zandan

haldanmihaela February 10, 2019


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Task description & scene summary

Task description:
Intermediate (B1)The tasks help the learners improve their vocabulary related to lying/liars.
Scene summary:
This video raises awareness regarding several ways of detecting liars / language of lying.
Video length: 5 minutes 42 seconds
Video genre: Edu video or lecture, (e.g. amateur educational video, TedEd, TED talk)
Lesson type: Vocabulary booster
Student types:
Copyright license: Creative Commons Attribution No Derivatives License
First published: 2019-02-10, 13:17:08 (GMT+1)

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Video quiz questions (printable)


Fill the gap: We hear anywhere from 10 to ________________________ lies a day.

2) Ways of detecting lies:

  • voice-stress analyzers
  • sweating detecting device
  • eye trackers
  • infrared brain scanners
  • electroencephalogram


Fill the gap: We spent much of our ________________________ coming up with ways to detect them.

4) Why do we lie?

Answer the question using your own words

5) Our conscious mind only controls about ... of our cognitive function.

  • 50%
  • 5%
  • 95%

6) First, liars reference themselves ..., when making deceptive statements.

  • more
  • less


Fill the gap: Second, liars tend to be more ________________________ , because on a subconscious level, they feel ________________________ about lying.


Put the words in order: something phone A liar stupid my might like, say battery died". "Sorry,


Fill the gap: … liars ________________________ descriptions simple


Put the words in order: some analysis famous apply linguistic to Let's examples.


Put the words in order: positive you found to We for times be EPO. six

12) But the use of ... pronouns is just one indicator of deception.

  • possessive
  • demonstrative
  • personal


Correct the wrong word: Let's look at another example from formmer Senator and U.S. Presidential candidate John Edwards.


Find the extra word: Now let's see what he was had to say when later admitting paternity:


Correct the wrong word: Many of the lies we encounter on a daily basis are far less serious that these examples, and may even be harmless.

16) What might help you avoid an overvalued stock, an ineffective product, or even a terrible relationship?

  • minimal self-references
  • negative language
  • simple explanations
  • clear phrasing
  • convoluted phrasing

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