• Mai Duc Nguyen

Speaking Part 2 Revision – Describing Your Favorite Book


Describe your favorite book.

You should say:

- What the name of the book is

- Where and when you bought it

- Who wrote it

And explain why you like the book.

Sample answer: (It may not last for exactly 2 minutes when spoken)

I would like to talk about one of the most compelling books that I have ever read. It is “Factfulness”, written by the late Swedish professor Hans Rosling, together with his son, Ola Rosling and daughter-in-law, Anna Rosling Ronnlund.

I bought the book about 2 months ago at the Hong Kong Book Center. In “Factfulness”, Rosling described in detail 10 instincts that led many people to hold wrong beliefs about the world. For example, the “fear instinct”, intensified by the media, is a reason why people were concerned about plane crashes, without realizing that in 2017 there was no commercial flight accident causing a human death. In 2016, 40 million flights landed safely in their destinations.

“The gap instinct”, on the other hand, illustrates that it is no longer relevant to divide the world into 2 extremes, including “developed countries” and “developed countries”, or “Western countries” and “Eastern countries”. In fact, many Asian and African countries are economically catching up with their European peers.

Furthermore, Rosling made the book such an interesting piece of reading by including bubble graphs, case studies, statistics and his many decades of experience of working as a health professor, lecturer, public speaker, medical doctor and emergency officer. The author unfortunately died in 2017, but he had devoted the very last years of his life into writing “Factfulness”, and into hoping that everyone will hold a fact-based worldview.

The book received positive feedback from the tech billionaire Bill Gates and other prominent newspapers. Rosling, in his fight against global ignorance, wished to deliver a strong message that “the world is getting better than you might think”.

Honestly speaking, “Factfulness” is my favorite book, and Hans Rosling is one of the researchers that I highly admire. I strongly recommend my website visitors to read the book to understand the world more logically and statistically.

Want to share your favorite book with others? Please type your 2-minute answer in the comment section, and I will leave feedback on it.

Watch this TED Talk, delivered by Hans Rosling, to learn about statistical ignorance and how to stop it.

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