6 Tips to Spot a Liar – IELTS Essay Practice

By | October 20, 2013
Read the article below about how to spot a liar. Then answer the comprehension questions and IELTS practice essay question at the bottom of the page. 

How to Spot a Liar

Have you ever spoken to someone and had a feeling that they were lying to you? We’ve all experienced this feeling at one time or another. However, you do not have to worry any longer. Here are some tips to help you figure out if someone is lying to you or not. Most of us feel unhappy about lying. As a result, we may do things that we do not always do. Here are some behaviors you may see in a person when they are lying.

1. Eye Contact 

Liars tend to avoid eye contact when they are lying. This is often because they feel guilty about their lies. Some liars will have too much eye contact. They may do this because they want to convince you that they are telling the truth.

2. Touching the Nose 

Liars tend to touch their noses when they lie. This is because blood rushes to the cheeks and nose when people lie. The person who is lying will then touch this area.

3. Looking up or down 

A person tends to look away. This may be because they are busy thinking about their story.

4. Crossed Arms 

People often feel stressed when they lie. They may cross their arms to make themselves feel better.

5. Fidgeting 

A person who is lying tends to move around a bit. They may play with their hair or their watch. They may clasp their hands or brush something off of their shirt.

6. A Serious Face 

People who are lying find it difficult to smile. This is because their minds are too busy thinking. They cannot use their mental energy to be pleasant. A serious look could be a clue that the person is lying.


  1. What is another word for “figure out”?
  2. Why do people avoid looking at you when they lie?
  3. What does it mean to “blush”?
  4. What are two things that people feel when they lie?
  5. What are some things that people touch when they lie?
  6. What does it mean to “cross your arms”?
  7. What is the opposite for the word “serious”?
  8. What is one thing people do to help themselves feel better when lying?
  9. Why is it so difficult to smile when you are lying?
  10. What are some body parts that give clues about lying?


You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
Body language can tell us many things. The face, hands and other parts are important when taking in and giving out information about others. What are some ways in which people use body language to communicate?
Write at least 250 words.

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