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Episode 08

Emily thinks Carolina should go and see Jamie's band play, but Carolina doesn't want to lie to her boss. Jo and Adam talk about the difference between 'good evening' and 'good night'.

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Leave a comment below!

  • Have you ever said that you were sick so that you could miss work or school? Did your boss, teacher or parents find out?
  • Or maybe you think it's better to tell the truth, like Carolina did. Please write and tell us!

Leave a comment and we'll discuss some of your answers in the next podcast.


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


Lying is sometimes OK if it's a white lie, which means a lie not hurting people around you. If you have an urgent matter to do, you can lie to your boss, "I'm sorry but I had a terrible headache today, so I'd like to be absent today." or like that. Of course, to be honest is a good policy as a whole, but white lies sometimes get things to go around easier, I think.

Hello everyone.
When I was in school I lied often and I think that it was not bad at me. But When you lie you feel oppression of conscience so I I try to lie as rarely as possible. Sometime is better to tell the truth and people understand you and will make concessions.

ı thınk to be honest is better than everythıng and ı don't want to say lie to people.ıts not respectful behavior.

As Adam said, everyone says lies sometimes and sometimes are not bad while they don't produce a bad result for you or the others, little lies are ok. Although I think is better to tell the truth to everyone, always. You don't know how people will take that lie if they find out about it, many times they can think that you're a liar and irresponsible person. So I think is better to tell the truth.

Hello everybody. I think that telling the truth is always the best way. I try to be sincere in all my relationships be with friends, family and husband. In the same way I try to move away from people who lie. In my opinion, always telling the truth as painful as it may be is always the best way to build lasting relationships.

To be honest, I used to lie when I was a child. When I studied in grade 1, I got my first 6 marks and I was really scared that my Mom would not be happy. Then, I lied to her that I got 10 marks. It was terrible after a few days that she realized that I had told a lie, she was very sad which made me feel guilty

Hello everyone.
When I was a child I used to lie sometimes for some reasons, sometimes to get more attention and sometimes to receive more than my brothers, although my parents know that I lie and they act like I tell the truth.
But new I'm a man and I finished with all the lies. I think that is better to tell the truth all the time whatever is the reason, people all the time will appreciate this.
So my advice is do not tells lies .

please . what is the different between ( specifically ) and ( specific ) ??

Hello BaSabeena,

'Specifically' is an adverb; it usually describes an action.

'Specific' is an adjective; it usually describes a noun.


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The LearnEnglish Team

I do not like lying.