1. When did you begin to learn mathematics?

It’s been ages since I first started learning math. But if memory serves correctly, it was probably when I started primary school. Of course, it was just simple math back then198. You know, it was mostly easy stuff like addition and subtraction199. Things got way harder200 as I got older.

2. Do you like mathematics?

Honestly, I don’t really like math. I know lots of people enjoy how simple it is. After all, there’s only one right answer. You can’t argue your way into a solution. But that’s actually why math isn’t my cup of tea201. Other subjects require your imagination, like art or literature. So I definitely like those better.

3. Do you think it9s difficult to learn mathematics well?

No, I don’t think it’s too difficult. I’m good at numbers and I often got good marks on math exams when I was in high school. But then again202, everybody has different learning styles. Some people might have a hard time with that. It can be a real challenge to think logically. But that’s a big part of203 learning math.

4. Do you think mathematics is important in our life?

Well, I hate to admit it because it’s not my cup of tea. But I do think math is really important. Without math, we couldn’t keep track of204 things in our lives, especially money. It would be super hard to buy and sell things, since that involves adding and subtracting205.

5. Do you often use a calculator?

Well, I don’t use a calculator that often. In my everyday life, I don’t do a lot of math. But whenever I do, I use a calculator. Even though it’s basic math, like adding up206 how much I spent in a month, I like being able to double-check if I did the problem right.

198 back then:那个时候

199 addition and subtraction:加减运算

200 way harder:非常难，越来越难。way修饰程度

201 isn’t my cup of tea:不喜欢…

202 But then again:不过话说回来

203 that’s a big part of:是…重要的部分

204 keep track of:追踪记录

205 adding and subtracting:加和减

206 adding up:把…加起来