Two Truths and a Lie: Ideas, Examples, and Instructions (2022)

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Two Truths and a Lie: Ideas, Examples, and Instructions (1)

The game Two Truths and a Lie is a great party game for teenagers and can also be a good icebreaker in meetings, classes, or other situations where you need to make introductions.

Below are some examples of truths or lies if you're already familiar with the game and just need to get some ideas. These are easy to modify to make them true (or not true) for yourself. For information on how to play the game, see below the examples.

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Truths and Lies About Achievements

  • I can play guitar.
  • I can play piano.
  • I've written three short stories.
  • I used to do improv.
  • I once wrote a play about hard-boiled eggs.
  • I speak 23 languages.
  • I speak three languages.
  • I can ride a motorcycle.
  • I took acting classes in college and have been in a commercial.
  • I got a perfect score on the math portion of the SAT.
  • I've completed a professional eating contest.
  • I can breakdance.
  • I can read and write Latin.
  • I don't have my driver's license.
  • I learned to read when I was four years old.
  • I almost flunked out of college.
  • I've been published in three magazines.
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About Sports

  • I can't swim.
  • I can hold my breath for two minutes.
  • I've never been able to do a cartwheel.
  • I rowed for my college team.
  • I know how to juggle.
  • I'm really into working out.
  • I took ballet lessons last year to try to become more graceful.
  • I can run a mile in under seven minutes.
  • I've swum with sharks.
  • I love hunting and once shot a 710-pound elk.
  • I run every day (even when it's cold outside).
  • I've climbed six mountains.
  • I used to play goalie for my high school soccer team.

About Your Childhood and Family

  • I am a twin.
  • I asked Conan O'Brien out to prom.
  • When I was a kid, I wanted to be a hockey player.
  • My dad builds sewage factories.
  • I used to live in a theater.
  • My sister is a vegetarian.
  • I have a sister who is ten years younger than me.
  • I was born in Denver, Colorado.
  • I grew up on an island.
  • I wore the same sweatshirt every day in middle school.
  • I grew up on Long Island.
  • I was voted most likely to succeed in high school.
  • I graduated at the top of my class in college.
  • I was the first person in my family to go to college.
  • I grew up in an apple orchard.
  • I went to grade school with the current senator.
  • For my 16th birthday, I asked for and received the hardcover versions of The Lord of the Rings.
  • I used to have a huge crush on my 7th grade science teacher.
  • I went to prom wearing an actual Cinderella dress.
  • I'm Mexican.
  • One of my cousins is a movie star.

About Food

  • I am a vegetarian.
  • I only cook once a week.
  • I hate chocolate chip pancakes.
  • I think tomatoes are disgusting.
  • I have never tasted honey,
  • I hate cilantro.
  • I try to avoid carbs.
  • I love to deep-fry food.
  • Peanut butter is my favorite food.
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Truths and Lies That Make You Sound Quirky

  • I once stepped on a pear covered with bees and didn't have an allergic reaction.
  • I own a puppet.
  • I hate the color red.
  • I have never lived in a house.
  • I have visited 23 countries.
  • I don't have a Netflix account.
  • I hate dirty dishes in the sink.
  • I own six robes.
  • I love gambling.
  • I have never won a contest of any kind.
  • I usually don't go to sleep before 2 a.m.
  • I was interviewed on the news once.
  • I have an autograph from Taylor Swift.
  • I have over 100 selfies on my phone that I've never posted on social media.
  • I've never gotten a ticket of any kind.
  • I have a cape and cane.
  • I never answer calls from unknown callers.
  • I hate Justin Bieber so much it hurts.
  • I met all the members of The Eagles.
  • I nap almost every day.
  • I always use a fake name at restaurants.
  • I've been to Disneyland five times and eaten at the restaurant inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride every time.
  • I've never dyed my hair.
  • I've never seen The Sound of Music.
  • I'm an absolute musical freak!
  • I once ate an entire medium pizza by myself.
  • I haven't lived in the same city for more than four years.
  • I collect rubber duckies

That Make You Sound Bad-Ass

  • I've been skydiving twice.
  • I've been arrested but never put in jail.
  • I drink a pot of coffee every morning.
  • I've broken both wrists and both ankles.
  • I've crashed six weddings but only been kicked out of two.
  • I was once in a car crash where the car was totaled and I survived with no injuries.
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Things Your Close Friends Will Already Know

  • I am deathly afraid of spiders.
  • I have met the president.
  • I'm colorblind.
  • I've never been to New York City.
  • I've been engaged but never married.
  • I have over 10 plants in my house.
  • I was the last of my friends to get a smartphone.
  • I have never been on a roller coaster.
  • I used to be deathly afraid of elevators.
  • I think grasshoppers are pretty much the cutest things ever.
  • I love black and white movies
  • I've done stand-up exactly two times.
  • I don't want to get married.
  • I'd like to have six children.
  • I dislike dogs.

How to Play the Game

This game is also called Two Truths, One Lie or Two Truths and One Not. It is extremely easy to play and doesn't need any equipment or supplies—only your imagination.

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You can play with any number of people. Here's how it works:

  • Each person in the group gets a turn.
  • When it is your turn, tell the group two things about yourself that are true and one thing that is untrue (this is your lie).
  • Try not to tell both of your truths first and then the lie because that makes it easier to guess (see below for some more game strategies).
  • Mix the order up each time it is your turn. Alternate between truth-truth-lie, truth-lie-truth and lie-truth-truth.
  • Everyone in the group has an opportunity to try to guess which statement was the lie.
  • Once everyone has guessed, the person will reveal what was true and what was false.
  • If only one person was correct, that person can go next. Or, the person sitting closest to the last person can go next.
  • This can go around as many times as you would like or just so everyone gets the chance to go once.

Some Strategies and Suggestions

This game isn't any fun if you make it completely obvious which statement is a lie and which statements are true. Here are some ways to avoid doing that.

Strategy #1

Make two boring or average statements. One of them should be the lie. Your true statement should be something radical or surprising. If you do this, chances are that your friends will suspect the outrageous fact is the lie.

Strategy #2

Make two surprising or uncommon statements—one of them should be true and the other should be a lie. Your second truth can be a common statement. This will prompt your friends to pick one of the surprising statements as the lie, but which one? It could possibly stump them.

Strategy #3

Make your two true statements unbelievable, if you can. This lets you make the lie very believable. Your friends will assume that the two wild statements can't both be true and pick one of them as a lie.

You don't have to say them in this order. In fact, you shouldn't say your lie last.

StrategyTruth #1Truth #2Lie

#1

Boring

Crazy

Boring

#2

Crazy

Boring

Crazy

#3

Crazy

Crazy

Boring

#4

Crazy

Crazy

Crazy

#5

Boring

Boring

Boring

Watch the girls from the television show Pretty Little Liars playing the game.

Brainstorming Ideas

Sometimes it's hard to keep coming up with ideas if you play this game for a while. Here are a few questions for you to think about that will help you think of new ideas:

  • Do you have any special talents that people don't know about?
  • Are there any things you wish were true about yourself but aren't?
  • What is your favorite subject in school? Or your favorite anything?
  • Are you known for something like sports that would make it not seem obvious that you liked something else like poetry?
  • How many siblings do you have and how many of each?
  • What is something you have never done but that most people have?
  • What are some things you have accomplished?
  • What do you want to be when you grow up?
  • What do you own or not own?

More Examples

Below is what I might say if I was playing the game. Which one do you think is the lie?

  • I have a dog that cost over $1,000.
  • I am 24 years old and have been married three times.
  • I own my own home.

If you guessed that the lie is: "I own my own home," you would be correct! Congratulations! In this example, I made my lie a little boring and the truths a little unbelievable.

Let's try another example:

  • I am going to school for nursing.
  • I have one brother and one sister.
  • I got my first job when I was 15.

Which one would you guess here? The lie is that I have a brother and a sister. In this example, I tried to make two boring statements with one of them being the lie.

If you think you have it down, go out and play with your friends!

Thea Storm on July 28, 2020:

I heard about this game in my English lesson.

I really liked it.

When I see my little kids again, I will play with them.

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taylor on April 24, 2020:

i love tomatos i love cheese i love chocolate

shill on April 10, 2020:

I have 9 grandchildren.

I never learned how to swim.

I love to go to the mountains

Nimaparvar on February 21, 2020:

Lie food

malajah on January 24, 2020:

amazing

Fateh on January 09, 2020:

Gratitude this is so helpful and I am playing this game with my frnds

Niffy Damzy on January 08, 2020:

This is very good I have tried some with my friends they were so embarrassed but it all fun

I'm shy on December 03, 2019:

Doing this for a English class and this gave me a lot of useful ideas from high school and other things also.

Thanks for all this information!

I am Unknown on November 19, 2019:

Could you make more for younger teens.

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Chloejones on October 09, 2019:

i love this game but can you make on for children

Name_Here on October 08, 2019:

I have to do this for an English assignment and this will definitely help. Thank you!

fire on August 11, 2019:

hi

all i gotta say is hi

Win team on February 21, 2019:

I love playing this game I’ve seen it all over YouTube

Anonymous on January 15, 2019:

I know where u live

ms unknown on November 19, 2018:

this is a fun college game to play with friends

Cute pie on July 19, 2018:

Me and my sister love this game!

So fun any day!

AralynWelker on April 22, 2018:

I was helping my grandma play ttaol thru text and theyre HILOURIOUS

Emma on March 22, 2018:

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I used all of these and my mom guessed

Emily on March 12, 2018:

I love playing this game it’s really good I am pretty good at it as well

BruBoyStupid on December 03, 2017:

Ehh I sorta like it but I honestly hate the game it's self

?????? on April 03, 2017:

best game to play with your family #1

?????? on April 03, 2017:

Me and my sis love this game! So fun any day!

New Game on January 10, 2017:

Did you know you could play this game online as well Anonymouse?

IStayAnonymouse on January 10, 2017:

as an Asperger this was ultimately helpful, thanks!

Tae on December 07, 2016:

Me like the game

easyguyevo from Barbados on October 31, 2016:

I enjoy playing this game with my spouse. We can see who gets the most right for bragging rights.

http://truthsandlie.com/

Ashley on December 15, 2014:

(Video) Let's Play Two Truths and A Lie

I'm like doing 2 truths and 1 lie

laishaluvsu on September 04, 2014:

Cool

FAQs

What are good two truths and a lie examples? ›

For example, a *super cool* player could say, “I've been camel riding (truth), I've had coffee with Sandra Oh (truth), and I have two brothers (lie).” Others like to make two boring statements (one of which is the lie) and just one outlandish truth to throw the other players off.

How do you play two truths and a lie instructions? ›

This icebreaker is called to truce. And a lie. Begin by telling your students to get out a piece of

What are some truths and lies? ›

What are 2 truths and a lie? ›

The main instructions of the game are that each member of the group introduces themselves by stating two truths and one lie about themselves. The statements don't have to be intimate, life-revealing things—just simple hobbies, interests, or past experiences that make each person unique.

What is a good believable lie? ›

A good lie is one that's ultimately believable: it'll sound like something you might've done or might want to do (but haven't actually done). A lie that's too farfetched will clearly sound fake, so try to think of lies that are similar to truths to make them as plausible-sounding as possible.

How many can you name in 30 seconds game? ›

Teams advance by correctly identifying the names that their team-mates are describing. Teams must strive to identify as many names as possible during each turn of 30 seconds - the most being five.

How long does 2 truths and a lie take? ›

1️⃣ Give your team 3-5 minutes so that each member writes down two truths and one lie about themselves. Emphasize that they should keep these notes secret, and not share them with the team yet.

What is the best truth or dare questions? ›

Best truth questions
  • When was the last time you lied?
  • When was the last time you cried?
  • What's your biggest fear?
  • What's your biggest fantasy?
  • Do you have any fetishes?
  • What's something you're glad your mum doesn't know about you?
  • Have you ever cheated on someone?
  • What's the worst thing you've ever done?
1 May 2020

How do you make lies believable? ›

Here are eight ways to make your lies more believable.
  1. DO: Maintain your baseline. Stay calm. ...
  2. DON'T: Swallow hard. Swallowing hard is a giveaway. ...
  3. DO: Breathe normally. Inhale, exhale. ...
  4. DON'T: Touch your skin. ...
  5. DO: Lean in. ...
  6. DON'T: Shorten the syntax of words. ...
  7. DO: Try not to sweat. ...
  8. DON'T: Say "I don't lie"
28 Mar 2018

What am I who am I game? ›

Who Am I? is a guessing game where players use yes or no questions to guess the identity of a famous person or animal. Questions are based upon the characteristics of a person or animal everyone will be able to identify.

What is an example of a lie? ›

You tell your mother that her meatloaf is delicious when you really hate the meatloaf. You tell your friend that she doesn't look fat in her dress when she asks because you don't want to tell her that she's gained a lot of weight and looks heavy.

Would I lie to you board game reviews? ›

Would I Lie to You, the board game, manages to capture some of the spirit of the TV show whilst being a suitable adaptation. The game length is pretty perfect, with it sitting around the average length of a board game and the use of the timer is handy in keeping track on certain cards.

How do u play the game 20 Questions? ›

The premise of the game is simple: One person, called the “answerer,” thinks of an object. The other player — the “questioner” — asks up to 20 yes-or-no questions in order to determine what object the answerer is thinking about. If the questioner guesses correctly within 20 questions, they win.

How does Would I lie to you work? ›

Panellists on one team tell the opposing team about their relationship to the guest; only one account out of three told is genuine, and the opposing team has to work out which it is. At the end of the round, the guest reveals their true identity, and which of the panellists they have a genuine relationship with.

How do you play Never Have I ever? ›

The premise behind Never Have I Ever is super simple: A player shares a statement about something they've never done. Anybody who has done that action has to respond by either putting a finger down or taking a sip of their drink.

How do you play 5 things? ›

Ask each child to make a list of 5 things that make them feel silly, 5 things that make them feel grown up, 5 things that make them feel angry, 5 things that make them feel smart. There's no end to the lists that can be created. And there's no better opening for dialogue with kids!

Is 5 second rule a board game? ›

The 5 Second Rule Uncensored Board Game comes with 150 question cards, a Twisted Timer and the game rules pamphlet. The rules of the game are simple, spit out the answers to the question you are asked in five seconds, no matter what they are!

Who invented 30 seconds? ›

30 Seconds is a charades-like fast-paced general knowledge board game, created by Calie Esterhuyse and first published in South Africa in 1998.

What games are similar to two truths and a lie? ›

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  • 'Things' Guessing Game. Age: All Ages. ...
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  • More Fun Games To Play! ...
  • Would You Rather. ...
  • The Laughing Game. ...
  • Never Have I Ever. ...
  • Likes and Dislikes.
21 Apr 2020

What are some fun ways to start a virtual meeting? ›

Give everyone a heads up that they will have about a minute at the beginning of the meeting to take the virtual stage. Ask them to find or write an icebreaker joke, read a poem, sing a song, play the mandolin—anything they want! Start your meeting with these glorious performances.

How do you play two truths and a lie in middle school? ›

Within each group, students mst first learn each other's names. Then they are to tell each other two things that are true about themselves and one that is a lie (preferably something that MIGHT be true). The others in the group must determine which the lie is.

How do you tell a convincing lie? ›

Here are eight ways to make your lies more believable.
  1. DO: Maintain your baseline. Stay calm. ...
  2. DON'T: Swallow hard. Swallowing hard is a giveaway. ...
  3. DO: Breathe normally. Inhale, exhale. ...
  4. DON'T: Touch your skin. ...
  5. DO: Lean in. ...
  6. DON'T: Shorten the syntax of words. ...
  7. DO: Try not to sweat. ...
  8. DON'T: Say "I don't lie"
28 Mar 2018

What is a fun game to play with your friends? ›

#1 – Charades

Charades remain one of the best games to play with friends because it is challenging, fun and guaranteed to generate some laughs. To play charades, split the group into several teams of between 2 to 4 players per team. One player from one of the teams is chosen to start.

What am I who am I game? ›

Who Am I? is a guessing game where players use yes or no questions to guess the identity of a famous person or animal. Questions are based upon the characteristics of a person or animal everyone will be able to identify.

How do I tell a lie? ›

You naturally look away and move your eyes around when you talk. Staring at the person without blinking is a clue that you may be lying. Avoid making awkward head movements as well. People tend to tilt their head to the side or bow their head down when they lie.

What words do liars use? ›

Research has shown that people lie in one in five of their daily interactions.
...
4. Overemphasizing their trustworthiness: "To be honest."
  • "To be honest"
  • "To tell you the truth"
  • "Believe me"
  • "Let me be clear"
  • "The fact is"
10 Oct 2018

How do you write lying? ›

Beware of spelling! The present participle of lie is not lieing. The I becomes a Y: lying.

How do u play the game 20 Questions? ›

The premise of the game is simple: One person, called the “answerer,” thinks of an object. The other player — the “questioner” — asks up to 20 yes-or-no questions in order to determine what object the answerer is thinking about. If the questioner guesses correctly within 20 questions, they win.

How long does 2 truths and a lie take? ›

1️⃣ Give your team 3-5 minutes so that each member writes down two truths and one lie about themselves. Emphasize that they should keep these notes secret, and not share them with the team yet.

What are some great icebreaker questions? ›

Great Icebreaker Questions
  • What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?
  • When you die, what do you want to be remembered for?
  • What is your favorite item you've bought this year?
  • What would be the most surprising scientific discovery imaginable?
  • What is your absolute dream job?
17 Sept 2021

What is the best truth or dare questions? ›

Best truth questions
  • When was the last time you lied?
  • When was the last time you cried?
  • What's your biggest fear?
  • What's your biggest fantasy?
  • Do you have any fetishes?
  • What's something you're glad your mum doesn't know about you?
  • Have you ever cheated on someone?
  • What's the worst thing you've ever done?
1 May 2020

What is the 21 questions game? ›

21 Questions is a game for people to get to know each other better. It can be played either in a group or with just two people. If the game is being played in a group, a target volunteers or is selected. Then, the target is asked a total of 21 questions and must answer them honestly.

Who am I name ideas? ›

“Who Am I?” Names List
  • Snow White.
  • Snoopy.
  • Scooby Doo.
  • John Wayne.
  • Anne Hathaway.
  • Duke Ellington.
  • Madonna.
  • Superman.
15 Apr 2019

Who most likely to questions? ›

Related Story
  • Who is most likely to become a CEO at a top company?
  • Who is most likely to have the most children?
  • Who is most likely to run a marathon?
  • Who is most likely to be late for her own wedding?
  • Who is most likely to become a reality TV star?
  • Who is most likely to win a Grammy?
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