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The game and its description comes from 'The Memoirs of a Geisha' by Arthur Golden. The Japanese geisha, being very skillful entertainers who excelled at holding amusing and witty conversations, employed a variety of ways to entertain their men, this one being one of the tools in their bag of tricks.

The idea is very simple and is bound to work like magic - a thousand geishas can't be wrong! Students are supposed to tell two interesting stories - one of them being false, the other true and have their partners guess the true one. To properly set this activity up, I first tell them my own two stories, followed by my students' questions and only after asking a number of them are they allowed to take a guess.
It can be used as a warm-up activity or to revise The Past Simple tense or asking questions in an attractive and communicative way. Thanks to the surprise element in it, the activity seems suitable for most levels and age groups, after all most of us enjoy a good story that can keep you at the edge of your seat.
Give it a try!
Robert Kuzma

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