Hey guys, I’m Chris the IELTS expert and
i’m back with Fiona – the wonderful producer of our videos, who’s going to be
asking some difficult questions to me from part 1 of the speaking test. Hi
Fiona! Hi everybody! Do you have some difficult questions for
me? I’ve a strange topic I suppose. Well remember that in the IELTS test you
could have any topic and I remember when I took the test, they asked me about the
topic of ‘the sky’ We’re not talking about the sky today are we? No we’re gonna
talk about numbers… mmm…. numbers. Common topic that has appeared recently I’ve
had a few students contact me to say that the topic numbers has appeared. If
you are one of those students and that you have taken the test recently but
maybe didn’t get the score, write about the type of questions that you got in
the comments below… don’t forget to like this video if you do like it! Shall we start?All right my first question is “are you any good with numbers”? I love
numbers – my brain seems to work in a way that tends to be more favorable towards
numbers… rather than writing. When I was at school, I really enjoyed maths and was
part of a maths competition. Nowadays I seem to look at numbers, so if I’m on the
street or in a car, I tend to see the numbers on a number plate or on a sign
and I usually find some code in it. It’s pretty interesting. Great answer, thank
you! You know you said a number of things that were… number of words that were very
interesting. But the thing that stood out for me was quite a complex grammatical
structure… which I hope, you know, hopefully isn’t too difficult to explain
but you said… my brain works in a way that tends to be favorable towards numbers
Can you say that in another way? What does that mean? Sure! So that’s the
phrase at written down so you’ll be able to see that on the screen. Let’s break it down and think about how you could create something like this in
English… so the verb in this is ‘works’ it works in a way. Now I made it
more complex sentence by using the word tends… so it tends to be favorable towards
numbers. To be favorable towards something means that maybe you can help
me out here Fiona… so to be favorable towards. It means… it likes numbers… yes
good answer…. it works well with numbers. Yes and tends to be would be
“it’s often” so my brain works in a way that is often… it likes numbers. It’s a
complex sentence and remember in the exam the examiner’s listening out for
complex grammatical structures. Now if you can’t do something like this not a
problem, try to think about subordination of your
sentences maybe have two verb. In this case there’s ‘works’ and ‘tends to’ so that
would be subordination where one set part of the sentence depends on the
other. Quite tricky… you need to listen, you need to think how could I do
something similar in the exam. If you can’t do exactly this… no problem try to
push yourself though. That’s a very very high-level sentence that one I think…
very good! Ok, my next question is how are numbers important in your life?
I think numbers are important in everybody’s life but in mine in
particular, I think about numbers with my pay so if I go to work, I have numbers
which come through… the amount of tax that I pay… numbers would be on an
everyday situation where I make a telephone call, or if I have to call a
new customer or if I have to speak to a student then I would need to use numbers in that case. Numbers are on my alarm clock in the morning when I wake up, I
have to type in the number before I go to bed so that I wake up on time and
that I’m not late for any meetings that I have the next day. How are numbers
important to you? Mmm gosh I user them every day let me think if I can think of another
example… mmm… how about the speed limit when I’m driving. Ah yes! Do you obey the
speed limit? Let’s talk about that… the speed limit… to obey… means to follow the
rules. Do you obey the speed limit you’re driving? Maybe you’re not old
enough to drive but do your parents or do your family members obey the speed
limit? You could also say follow the speed
limit… but obey is a better word Fiona, honestly do you obey the speed
limit I do try very hard to, to be honest. Have
you ever had a speeding ticket? Once! oh my gosh and I’m pretty old I’ve been
driving for a long time Speed tickets here in this country are
quite expensive, aren’t they! So that’s why yeah it’s another number that comes
through the door that you’re not happy about if you ever saw a speed ticket. You’d have a number that you wouldn’t be very happy about! Good! I just wanted to
comment that I thought it was really good that you immediately just thought of
as many examples of as possible where you use numbers in your life. You
mentioned pay, your pay, tax, telephone calls, if your… for you in particular its
if you have a new customer or a student… your alarm clock so there’s all sorts of
ways you expanded on your answer. The question was are they important or how
are they important. Ah the question was how they important? Femember in the exam
actually you don’t need to answer the question properly. It’s a common myth in
the IELTS exam if you… if you miss part of the question it’s not the end of the
world. Let me just go back to that an alarm clock. Did you know Fiona that I’m sure you do know that the verb in English is ‘to set’
your alarm clock. So before going to bed I set my alarm clock. And that’s useful
for you guys… yes I agree… in the exam you need to give as many examples as you can.It’s about thinking on your feet and that’s quite a difficult task for many
of you. You need to be able to think of an idea very quickly. I’ve been doing
this for a long time, so I’m able to think of lots of ideas but I do realize
that for many of you it’s quite tricky. Alright… last question on the topic of
numbers… do you have a favorite number? I’d have to say that I don’t… I do have
many numbers which I like. Number four I’m born on the 4th of January so four’s
quite an important number to me the Number one because January is the first
month of the year And the number 10 because the number 10 is…. it signifies how can i how can I say… signifies the… end of a decade…. end of a
decade and also it’s… I like logic and order and then the number 10 fits into
so many things, you know. It’s 10 times 10 is 100 and we use this for centimeters,
for milliliters… all of these words with a zero ending is know for me that
they’re very logical. So I don’t have a favorite number but I do like some
particular numbers. That was a great answer. What’s your favorite number?… my
favorite number’s always been two and they’re also 13 I don’t know why I like
to but 13 is my date of birth. Can I just explain to the students that in English
we have ‘odd’ numbers and ‘even” numbers Maybe you don’t know about this but odd
numbers are the 1 3 5 7 and even numbers are 2 4 6 8. So do you guys prefer odd
numbers or even numbers? Personally I don’t mind, but if you go to a casino for
example… and I’m not saying that you should go and gamble but on the roulette
table you often have the red and the black numbers. Red I think are even and
black are odd. Yeah? Many people don’t know the words odd and
even which do you prefer odds or evens? Even you’d like odds don’t you? Any more
questions for me? That’s the last question but I did have a comment about
your answer there which I thought it was great because you know and I think it’s
difficult to come up with things when you’re talking about numbers. You, you
were very fluent so you just came up with as many ideas as you could just to
keep talking… to keep it interesting and that was great! And that’s a big part of
the challenge isn’t it? Yes exactly, so if you… let me just write that down. If you
know about the band descriptors in the IELTS test… part of your mark 25 percent
comes from fluency and coherence. That’s your ability to keep talking and not
stop. It’s your ability to expand on answers and to make sense… really focus
on giving lots of examples during the test. Even if they’re not
true! If you’re done, I’m done. Thank you very much for watching! This topic today
was numbers… a very common topic it’s February 2020, we’ve had lots of students
say that in January, this topic came up! Be prepared for it if you’re taking the
test soon! My name is Chris the IELTS expert, I’ve been here with Fiona
bye-bye and I’ll see you all soon!