# The 12-year-old maths genius

Mog is 12 years old and has decided to enter a maths competition. Can he handle the pressure and become a champion?

### Instructions

Do the preparation task first. Then watch the video and do the exercises. Remember you can read the transcript at any time.

### Transcript

Commentator: Mog has set his sights on the Child Genius title to make a point about parenting.

Mog: I want to take part because I want to prove that you don't need to have pushy parents or be pushed to win a competition.

Mother: It is important to Morgan as a person to do this, which therefore makes it important to us.

Mog: I want to shuttle forward, get a hundred per cent and be able to retain my glory.

Examiner: Hey, Mog. Are you happy with the rules?

Mog: Er ... yep.

Examiner: OK, your time will start as soon as I start my first question. OK, are you ready to play?

Mog: When I read my school report, maths was absolutely fantastic. It was above all else, so I would just say that mathematics is generally my strongest point.

Examiner: What comes next? One, three, five, fifteen, seventeen.

Mog: Fifty-one?

Examiner: Yeah, apparently. Well done! Three thousand, two hundred and thirty-five minus five hundred and fifty-eight equals?

Mog: Two thousand, six hundred and seventy-seven?

Examiner: Correct. Four thousand, eight hundred and ninety plus nine hundred and twenty-two equals?

Mog: Five thousand, eight hundred and twelve.

Examiner: Correct.

Interviewer: Do you ever find it hard to keep up with Mog?

Mother: Yes, it's very hard to keep up with him. It's just bang, bang, bang all the time, and his skill to learn things like that (clicks fingers) … is just absolutely amazing.

Mog: Nineteen point three.

Examiner: Correct.

Mog: Two hundred and ten.

Examiner: Correct.

Mog: Two thousand, six hundred and seventy-seven?

Commentator: After acing the written maths, Mog now faces mental arithmetic.

Examiner: Calculate the following: multiply eleven by four, subtract sixteen and finally multiply by three.

Mog: Eighty-four.

Examiner: Correct. Add the following: twenty-eight plus forty-one plus ninety-seven plus twenty-four plus fifty-four plus eighteen equals?

Mog: Two hundred and sixty-two.

Examiner: Is the right answer, Mog. Very well played. At the end of that round, you scored eleven points.

Commentator: Mog's impressive score has set the bar high for the rest of the competitors.

Examiner: Blimey!

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Do you enjoy studying maths? Do you think Mog is a genius?

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Submitted by RubyYay-Guesswhat on Fri, 04/26/2024 - 10:22

I hate math the most at school. It was so complicated and boring :( Mog is intelligent ^^ Incredible! :D

Submitted by Capixt on Mon, 08/22/2022 - 16:53

Maths is the subject that I dislike the most... I don't understand it at all... So watching Mog I could say that he is very talented in math

Submitted by PolinaLogvinenko on Sun, 07/31/2022 - 09:20

I don't like study math. Mog is so intelligent .

Submitted by Andrii on Mon, 02/07/2022 - 20:57

Everyone here, sorry, but I don't enjoy studying maths. It doesn't mean that I'm bad at it, though. At school I have excellent marks for maths. But I'd prefer other subjects to maths.

Submitted by kkktttlll on Thu, 06/18/2020 - 07:41

UNPUBLISHED That’s just amazing) I can’t believe my eyes... To be honest, I can’t stand learning Maths, so for me Mog is a real discovery. I reckon that he will be the next Elon Mask. I am really glad that nowadays we still have such people who want to build the future due to their knowledges... I really hope that one day Mog will reach a great success... I am pretty sure that he will make a breakthrough someday)))

Submitted by empty on Tue, 07/23/2019 - 07:11

Do you enjoy studying maths? Although I like studying , I don't like math ! Do you think Mog is a genius? Yes he is so intelligent .

Submitted by shhouug on Tue, 01/15/2019 - 14:34

yes i enjoy studying Maths so much , i think that Mog will become a Maths scientist in the future pretty sure his mind is full of Math and he is doing great in it.

Submitted by WAED1 on Sat, 06/02/2018 - 12:33

I enjoy studying the math a lot since it requires fresh mind with a high concentration. I see this subject is the feed for our minds to keep them in touch with the human nature more the whole dependence on the technology in term of numbers calculations and further making the mathematical calculations. It is so nice to see Mog use his mind for the calculation instead of calculator which I don't preferred very often to keep my memory effective and useful as much as I can.

Submitted by Lenan on Fri, 05/04/2018 - 08:12

i ENJOY studying mahth. Mog is very inteligent and genius
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