A child prodigy was presented on a TV programme for the New Year's Day.
He is Jo Thae Hung, a six-year-old boy from Kaeson Kindergarten in Moranbong District, Pyongyang, which is attached to Pyongyang Teachers Training College.
He startled the viewers with his special ability of doing particular sums by dint of hearing. He transformed each note in three octaves into a relevant number and correctly calculated 50 “note numbers” in three minutes as he did addition in case the preceding note was lower than the following one and did subtraction in case the former was higher than the latter.
“I was deeply impressed by his outstanding ability. I am so much eager to meet him,” said Han Nam Yong, a student at Changgwang Technical Senior Middle School in Central District, Pyongyang.
The kid is known as a prodigy in his kindergarten.
According to his teacher Kim Jong Im, he has an ear good enough to correctly guess notes and even fourth-note chord without listening to diapason, so she decided to teach him how to calculate numbers by dint of hearing.
The kindergarten introduced abacus into education to improve image memory of kindergarteners and most of them become able to easily solve double-digit addition and subtraction problems in mental arithmetic in a few months, she added.
Jo Thae Hung could mentally calculate four-digit numbers in addition and subtraction three months after he learned how to use the abacus.
The keen seeker after knowledge learns everything in an amazing speed, gets very excited when learning new things and is especially fond of arithmetic.
When he learned the method of combining hearing with numerical calculation, he got faster in mental arithmetic every day, said his teacher.
The curious boy with great application ability builds up more vivid and distinctive patterns than others with the same construction toy and surpasses primary school pupils in playing word games and jigsaw puzzle.
In addition, his piano solo hailed since he was 4 has now been further polished.
However, his main interest is arithmetic.
“Everything related to numbers is interesting for me. My dad says I can become a scientist when I am intimate with them. I will make a rocket myself to travel outer space,” said Jo.