Remember Balderdash?  That game we played as kids with the lies?  Our truth or lies getting-to-know-you student activity reminds me of it.  I often don’t do it anymore because… of its popularity among language classrooms–surely all students have done it before and I’ll be met with rolling eyes and scoffing.  That’s probably in my imagination.  Still, the language benefits are obvious, but are those that we ask students to do really authentic?

Dave Dodgson invited others to play it with each other through a video post.  I thought about it and decided it might be a great experiment to see what language we really do use with each other when trying to suss out the truth from the lies.  So here we go.


Wanna play? Interrogate me.

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22 Responses to Interrogate me

  1. Interrogate me – a truth or lies #PLN game, led by @DaveDodgson #ELTgames

  2. Leslie says:

    Oh boy! I know 2 of the truths, unless the one is only a 1/2 truth. So…my questions:

    1. How many flights have you taken in your lifetime? What is your routine before a flight?

    5. When did you finally embrace technology?

    • seburnt says:

      1. If you include all the times I flew back and forth between Korean and Canada, I think I’m at roughly 35.

      5. In mid 2009, after I joined Twitter.

  3. Leslie says:

    Why were you a Luddite for so long? What made you embrace the change?

    • seburnt says:

      Stubbornness! I had that whole hippy phase of my life and refused, like many still do, to have a cell phone or do anything with a computer beyond email here and there. Working at English Central gave me the push to try things out as we had to do webinars as part of the job.

  4. Sandy Millin says:

    I think the lies are flying and gymnastics. How many competitions did you take part in? di you ever win any medals? What ki d of gymnastics did you specialise in?

    • seburnt says:

      I was an artistic gymnast, mostly training and only competing on floor and vault. Unfortunately men’s gymnastics wasn’t so available where I lived, so only once I got to university did I compete and that was twice. No, no medals, except at team bronze.

  5. Chiew says:

    Great, Tyson! My guesses are #1 and #3 – it’s that twitch…
    Have you seen mine?

    • seburnt says:

      Don’t read too much into cliche signs of telling when people are lying. Masterminds can be very deceptive. ;)
      We’ll see if you’re correct in a few days. I’ll take a look at yours.

  6. Leslie says:

    OK, I concur with Chiew; numbers 1 and 3 are lies. Just to double-check, though, tell me more about Australia. What company did you work for? How did you get the job?

    • seburnt says:

      3. I was there on a holiday-work visa. I got the job at the Roads and Transport Authority of NSW through a temp agency after a series of other little jobs.

  7. Vicky Loras says:

    Hi Tyson!

    My guesses are #1 and #3 : one because you insist too much that you like flying, which makes me think you don’t ; ) Three because you smile kinda weird, like my dad when he wants to play a joke on me : ) Oh yeah, I know that half-smile all too well from dad! Ha ha!

    (Random thoughts: I love your background with the window behind – and I wanna give ya a big hug every time I see you in a video, buddy!)

    Ciao for now,

    • seburnt says:

      Hahah, all good and convincing reasons to suspect, Vicky, but I can reveal that one of those two is true and one of them is a lie. I’ll actually reveal the entire truth later today.

      (I like the random thoughts as well – the room is our home office – and hugs will come!)

  8. Three ppl have chosen #1 & #3 as lies. They’re wrong, of course: one of them is true. I’ll reveal today.

  9. Cecilia Lemos says:

    Hi Ty!

    I think the whole thing is about slipping a lie into something that is true… I know you love traveling, but also believe that, like me, you don’t like flying. So my first guess is that #1 is a lie.

    I can sooo see you having a cookie swap party (need to get more details, I think this is something I’d love doing. I usually go caroling around the school (classes are done by then)and those who stand my singing get some Christmas cookies :-)), so I think #4 is true.

    #3 Sounds too elaborate to be a lie… So I’ll go for #5. I think you have always been a tech geek ;-)

    How right am I??? Do I read you well?

    • seburnt says:

      Slipping a lie into something that is true… I like that. When I was in Gr 5, I went Xmas caroling around the city and in various buildings with a choir. I miss that, to a certain degree. I rarely sing out loud these days.

      I do like your reasoning for your choices, btw. I’ll post results later today.

  10. DaveDodgson says:

    Hi Tyson and thanks for entering!

    Like the others, I’m not sure about no. 1. I don’t think you have any fear of flying, otherwise Korea would have been a flight too far. However, my guess would be that you find flying a bore.

    I’m not sure about the cookie swap or the gymnastics…

    How long have you been running the cookie swap? What kind of cookies are your speciality?

    And what was your specialist discipline in gymnastics?

    I would also assume that you would have photographic evidence of both of those facts if they were true but I won’t ask you to provide it as that would make the game too easy!

    • seburnt says:

      How long have you been running the cookie swap? What kind of cookies are your speciality?

      Aside from when my mom did it all growing up, I’ve hosted the cookie swap twice at my house. I don’t think I have a specialty, but last year I made raspberry thumbprint cookies, which were awesome!

      And what was your specialist discipline in gymnastics?
      I was best at floor, though I also competed on vault. Upper body events were always a weakness.

  11. Fiona says:

    Yes, I’m not convinced you love flying at all. I’m also wondering about the executive secretary as assistant came up on screen but I suppose they are kind of the same thing. Love the cookie swap thing – hope that’s not a lie! I’ll go for gymnastics as the second lie.

    • seburnt says:

      Geez. Given I’ve flown 30+ times in my life, the consensus seems to be that I don’t love it. LOL Either you’re all very intuitive or nuts.

  12. Leslie says:

    Well, I don’t see the answer anywhere, so I must still be able to guess. If one of 1 & 3 is wrong, then you must hate flying and never have been a Luddite. I do recall you talking about work in Australia once, but can’t remember the details, arg. I wonder if I would have guessed more easily if I’d been able to interrogate you in person?

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