Languages › English as a Second Language Math Vocabulary Share Flipboard Email Print Justin Lewis/ Stone/Getty Images English as a Second Language Vocabulary Basic Conversations for English Language Learners Pronunciation & Conversation Writing Skills Reading Comprehension Grammar Business English Resources for Teachers By Kenneth Beare English as a Second Language (ESL) Expert TESOL Diploma, Trinity College London M.A., Music Performance, Cologne University of Music B.A., Vocal Performance, Eastman School of Music Kenneth Beare is an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher and course developer with over three decades of teaching experience. our editorial process Kenneth Beare Updated February 24, 2019 It's important to know the right math vocabulary when speaking about mathematics in class. This page provides math vocabulary for basic calculations. Basic Math Vocabulary + - plus Example: 2 + 2Two plus two - - minus Example: 6 - 4Six minus four x OR * - times Example: 5 x 3 OR 5 * 3Five times three = - equals Example: 2 + 2 = 4Two plus two equals four. < - is less than Example: 7 < 10Seven is less than ten. > - is greater than Example: 12 > 8Twelve is greater than eight. ≤ - is less than or equal to Example: 4 + 1 ≤ 6Four plus one is less than or equal to six. ≥ - is more than or equal to Example: 5 + 7 ≥ 10Five plus seven is equal to or greater than ten. ≠ - is not equal to Example: 12 ≠ 15Twelve is not equal to fifteen. / OR ÷ - divided by Example: 4 / 2 OR 4 ÷ 2Four divided by two. 1/2 - one half Example: 1 1/2One and one half. 1/3 - one third Example: 3 1/3Three and one third. 1/4 - one quarter Example: 2 1/4Two and one quarter 5/9, 2/3, 5/6 - five ninths, two thirds, five-sixths Example: 4 2/3Four and two thirds % - percent Example: 98%Ninety-eight percent.