IELTS Speaking
IELTS Speaking Part 1 – Numbers

IELTS Speaking Part 1 – Numbers

IELTS Speaking Part 1 – Numbers

1. What’s your favorite number?

As a Weird Al Yankovic fan, I tend to like 27 as an inside joke. I enjoy parody music, and he is the best. So, 27 seems nice. It’s a perfect balance between being young and not too old. You can’t divide 27 by 2, but it divides perfectly by 3. In my family, there are three of us, so it feels like a good fit. It rolls off the tongue nicely. I’d also say 27 is a number you can reach but don’t necessarily want, like doing something 27 times. It just feels like a genuine number.

2. Are you good at remembering phone numbers?

No, I’m not. With phonebooks and passwords on phones, it’s a skill that’s no longer practiced. I used to remember my dad’s shop number and my friends’ numbers, but with mobile phones, that changed. People constantly change their numbers, and with smartphones, you just need to know the name, not the number. So, I don’t remember many phone numbers now, just a couple for work and emergencies.

3. Do you usually use numbers?

Rarely. I do some invoicing at the end of the month for my jobs, but most of my work is in creative and marketing. There should be numbers involved, but automation handles it. I don’t do much analysis, and when I do, it’s usually in graph form, just checking ratios between variables. I’m interested in learning bookkeeping and want to start doing my own accounting instead of hiring a bookkeeper, so I plan to use numbers more in the future.

4. Are you good at math?

No, definitely not. I watched a short video by Neil deGrasse Tyson explaining why people aren’t good at math. He said that unlike language, we don’t practice math often enough to get good at it. My dad and brother are good at math because they use it daily in their work. My dad, especially, is quick with numbers as a businessman. I tried to be good at math, but it’s never been a priority for me.

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