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Truths and Lies

Dave Dodgson recently put out a blog challenge based on the classic truth and lies ‘getting to know you’ activity. Here’s an audioboo with me telling you three true things and two lies about myself. Which do you think are which?



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  1. Not sure about the brothers and the parachute… 😉


  2. So did you parachute into the jungle at 17, get lost and hence end up there at 18? 😀

    I believe you on the languages – I think you’ve mentioned that before…

    I’m not sure about 1, 2 and 5 so time for the inquisition!

    Which part of the world was this jungle in? Where did you sleep/live?

    Where did you do the parachute jump? Was it just that one time or did your ever do it again?

    What are your brothers’ names? What do they do?


  3. I think i recall from facebook you speak quite a lot of languages so I don’t think it is that. I am actually not sure how long you’ve been teaching but am fairly certain it is not five years yet – so that’s one. You did live in Paraguay so the jungle might be correct and you definitely seem the kind of person who’d jump out of plane……so that would leave me saying lie two is the brothers.


  4. In answer to your questions:
    The jungle was in Malysian Borneo. I spent 6 weeks in the Danum Valley, building an accommodation block for scientists (with 27other people, not alone!) The last 10 days were at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, repairing a bridge. During the whole thing, we slept in hammocks under bashas (like mini tarpaulins) and washed in the local river. Needless to say, we didn’t smell too good when we left the jungle!
    The parachute jump was in Hinton-in-the-Hedges in Northamptonshire. I only did it once. My uncle was addicted to skydiving and I said I might be interested in doing it one day, so on my 16th birthdday (when you’re legally allowed to jump for the first time) I got a phone call saying “when are you doing your jump then?” As soon as I’d found a charity to raise money for, I organised it. Itwas a great experience, but the freefall bit made me feel a bit like a goldfish, so I’m not sure how quickly I’d do it again.
    My brothers are completely different to me. They are both drivers, and neither of them are particularly academic – they both left school as soonas they could. Pete has been a freight train driver (he doesn’t want to drive passenger trains because he doesn’t want to be responsible for people’s lives) for a while now. Steven has just started to get regular work as a class 1 HGV driver, going all over th country but still based in Wolverhampton and living with my mum. Pete lives in Irby on the Wirral, near where my grandparents used to live.
    Does that help?


  5. Hmm. Difficult this game always is. My interrogatory questions are:

    Where have you been teaching for those five years?
    How did you learn those five languages to the point of fluency?

    One aspect I’m noticing about this game on blogs is that it’s very hard to put someone on the spot in order to catch them.


    • I was teaching in France, Paraguay and Czech Republic. For the languages: English is my mother tongue, I did French and German at school, then both plus Spanish at uni and have lived in countries where they speak each language. i added Czech when I was teaching there.
      I’ll reveal the answer tonight 🙂


  6. I go for the parachute jump at 17 (don’t you have to be 18 to do these things??? I think you have jumped off a plane, but not at 17 – you lied about the age) and the 2 brothers… there was a bit of hesitation there on that last bit of information. Maybe not 2??

    🙂 Loved it!


  7. I know you were in Borneo, and I could very well believe you were crazy enough to do the parachute jump! It’s the five that is the trick…
    You haven’t been working for five years…and you don’t speak five languages – you speak six!
    My challenge is here by the way!


  8. Yes, I think it’s the parachute jump too – a bit of confusion there over 16 or 17, and the languages one – I’ll go with Chiew’s suggestion that you speak more than five.


  9. So…the moment you’ve been waiting for…
    I realised I might have confused you slightly with the parachute jump ages – I was 16 when I got the phone call, but it took a while to decide what to raise money for! In the end I did the jump a week after my 17th money and raised over £1000 towards my trip to Borneo.
    Shaun guessed correctly – I only have one brother. Peter is actually my uncle and everything else I said about him is true. I also haven’t been teaching for five years yet – this is my the start of my fourth post CELTA, and I did two months in Borneo plus a year in Paraguay pre-CELTA.
    I speak English as my mother tongue, French, German and Spanish to C1 level (uni + living in country), as well as Czech to A2/B1 level from living there.
    You can read about my trip to the jungle and see some pictures here:
    I really enjoyed that 🙂 Look forward to hearing which truths you told 😉


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  11. Looks like I’m arriving late to the party on each of these blogs… oh well, it’s all good fun anyway!


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