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This week the ‘Thinking in English’ Community is doing something a little different! We are playing a game!

The game is called ‘Two Truths and One Lie’. This is a guessing game where players prepare and read out 3 statements, or facts, about themselves. However, one of the sentences is a total lie!

The aim of the game is for the other players to guess which of the ‘facts’ is not true. In your groups you should ask questions about these statements to try and work out which is the lie.

Each player has a go at reading their statements whilst the others have a go at guessing.

Here are the rules on how to play the game:

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  2. Listen to Our Podcast on Two Truth One Lie!
  3. How To Play:

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How To Play:

1. Prepare your statements (before the Conversation Club starts):

Write down 3 ‘facts’ about yourself, two of them must to be true and one of them a lie. Here are some examples:

Here are some helpful tips about choosing your ‘facts’:

  • Keep your statements believable: Try to make your statements sound convincing, even if they are lies. This will make it more challenging for the guessers.
  • Avoid sharing personal or sensitive information: Make sure the statements are appropriate for the setting and won’t make anyone uncomfortable.
  • Be creative and have fun: Feel free to use humour, interesting anecdotes, or surprising facts to make the game more entertaining.” 

2. Decide who will go first:

Someone in the group should go first. They will read out their 3 statements (read them twice!). Now the others should try and guess which statement is the lie.

3. Ask Questions:

Ask questions to try and work out which statement is the lie! Here are some example questions to ask:

Clarification Questions:

  • Can you provide more details about Statement 2?
  • What was the date/year when Statement 3 happened?
  • Can you explain the context or background of Statement 1?

Personal Experience Questions:

  • How did you feel when Statement 1 occurred?
  • Can you describe the people involved in Statement 3?
  • Did Statement 2 have any impact on your life?

Specificity Questions:

  • Can you name the location where Statement 3 took place?
  • What was the exact duration of Statement 2?
  • Who else was present during Statement 1?

Hypothetical Questions:

  • If Statement 1 is true, what would you say was the main reason behind it?
  • What do you think would have happened if Statement 2 didn’t occur?
  • If Statement 3 turned out to be false, what would be the actual situation?

Comparison Questions:

  • How does Statement 1 differ from Statement 2?
  • Can you explain how Statement 3 contrasts with your usual behavior?
  • In comparison to Statement 1, which statement seems more believable?

Memory Recall Questions:

  • Can you recall any specific details or conversations related to Statement 2?
  • Do you remember any particular emotions or reactions associated with Statement 1?
  • Can you provide any witnesses or evidence supporting Statement 3?

Contextual Questions:

  • Can you explain what led up to Statement 2?
  • How does Statement 3 relate to your current occupation or hobbies?
  • Is there any specific reason why Statement 1 is significant or memorable to you?

Opinion-based Questions:

  • What are your thoughts or feelings about Statement 3?
  • In your opinion, which statement seems the most unlikely?
  • Can you explain why you believe Statement 2 is true/false based on your own perspective?

4. Make Your Guess:

Each player should guess which statement is the lie, and then the player who made the statements should reveal which one was the real lie.

5. Switch Player:

Now it is someone else’s turn! Repeat the previous steps and keep playing!

6. Reflect

If you have all had a go at playing the game you can engage in conversation about the stories the other players told. You should reflect on what you have learnt from playing this game. Here are some example questions:

  • “Who was the best liar?”
  • “what was the most interesting story? Why?”
  • “What was the hardest part of this challenge?”

Conclusion: “And that’s all you need to know to play ‘Two Truths and One Lie’! Are you all ready to get started? Remember, the key is to think critically and trust your instincts. Let’s have a great time guessing and revealing the truth about our friends. Get ready for some exciting surprises along the way!”

See you all at this week’s conversation club!

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By Thomas Brock

Hi I'm Thomas and I'm an English language teacher and editor. I teach English to adults from all over the world. I focus on written English and on conversational English. I also edit written English in a number of different fields and areas. When I'm not teaching I'm travelling as much as I can, cooking new dishes, and trying hard to play and watch sports.

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