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Mixer #110 | Intermediate B1

Have you been caught in a lie?

Listen as a group of people talk about lies they have told and whether or not they got caught.

Antoine / France
speakerI've been caught in lies several times. One I remember, it was when I was like still young, I was maybe fifteen and I was supposed to go to a friend's house just to sleep, but in fact I just went to a party with some friends and I drank some alcohol and then we got caught by the police so I had to lie to my mother I'm afraid. After that she had been aware of this like two weeks after maybe and it was like a really bad moment for me.

Hoa / Vietnam
As a matter of fact, no, I have not because I'm quite an honest person I would say. But on April Fool's day, I used to have a white lie to my friends, but it's not a big deal because I just lied to her speakerabout the class was cancelled, then she kind of believed and she didn't go to class that day. The next following day she found out and she was really mad at me, but she said, "Well, because of your lie, I had a day off so, thank you!"

Jonathan / Canada
speakerHave I ever been caught in a lie? To be honest, I don't think I have. The reason is not because I'm such a good person and an honest person who never tells a lie, but actually I'm such a good liar that no one ever knows when I'm telling a lie. It can be a little bit dangerous so sometimes I have to stop myself from telling a lie.

Jeff / Canada
speakerOh yeah, I lie all the time. I've been caught many times in lies and I think you should not lie because it always catches up to you but yeah, I'm a bad person and I lie often and I get caught many times.

Emily / Djibouti
speakerYes, I've been caught in a lie by my father. I used to know how to lie to him but this moment it was quite hard because he saw a lighter in my bag and I couldn't lie because he saw it and he was like, "Do you smoke?" And I said, "No, no." But then I laughed and since we are very close together so he just didn't say anything and put the lighter back in the bag.

Mauro / Brazil
speakerHave I ever been caught in a lie? Well, actually, I can't remember any moments in my life where I've been caught in a lie. I know everyone plays Pinocchio sometimes, but when we are kids we tend to make little lies when we tell little lies but I don't remember a single moment where I've been caught in a lie. Not in a serious lie though. I really can't remember.

Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson!

been caught in lies


I've been caught in lies several times.

To be caught in a lie means that the person you are lying to knows or finds out that you are lying. Note the samples.

  1. The only way not to hurt her feeling is to lie, but I hope I don't get caught.
  2. I've never been caught in a lie, but I lie a lot.

As a matter of fact


As a matter of fact, I have not been caught in a lie.

This phrase means that it might be hard to believe but what you are about to say is true. Here are two samples.

  1. As a matter of fact, I'm a very good dancer.
  2. As a matter of fact, she is an expert in nutrition.

a white lie


I used to tell a white lie to my friends on April Fool's Day.

A white lie is a very small lie. Notice the following.

  1. Because of my religion, I try not even to tell white lies.
  2. White lies usually don't hurt anyone's feelings, even if the liar gets caught.

a big deal


It's not a big deal.

If something is a big deal, it means that it is very important. Here are a couple of examples.

  1. A bad haircut isn't a big deal because it grows back quickly.
  2. Losing all of your hair is a big deal because it doesn't grow back.

it always catches up to you


I think you should not lie because it always catches up to you.

When an action catches up to you, it means that something you did affected you later. Notice the following.

  1. I didn't exercise for a year and it really caught up with me. I gained 20 pounds.
  2. He drives like a crazy man, but it finally caught up with him. Yesterday, he crashed his car.

Vocabulary Quiz

been caught • as a matter of fact • a white lie
a big deal • catch up to you
  1. I used to be afraid to speak in class but now it's not
  2. Sometimes I tell so I don't hurt people's feelings.
  3. , I saw that movie yesterday.
  4. Don't drink too much beer because it will .
  5. Have you ever stealing?

Answer the following questions about the interview.

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Have you ever been caught in a lie?

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