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VOA慢速超碰97资源站2018 全美拼字比赛落幕 14岁男孩夺冠

时间:2018-06-03 15:41来源:互联网 提供网友:nan   字体: [ ]

US National Spelling Bee Has a Surprise Winner

Fourteen-year-old Karthik Nemmani of Texas won the Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday night. His victory was a surprise – even to him.

周四晚,德克萨斯州14岁的卡西克(Karthik Nemmani)赢得了全美拼字比赛。他的胜利让人意想不到——就连他自己也没想到。

“I didn’t really think I’d be able to do it,” he said softly1. “I had confidence that I could, but I honestly didn’t realistically think it could happen.”


The competition took place in Oxon Hill, Maryland.


Many people had expected another student, Naysa Modi, to win. She had competed and done well in four other national spelling bees. In fact, she had beaten Nemmani earlier this year at a spelling event in Texas. But at the national championship, Modi misspelled “Bewusstseinslage,” a word from the German language.


So Nemmani had the final chance to win. He did – by correctly spelling the word “koinonia.”


The two competitors did not appear to have any hard feelings, however. “We weren’t against each other. We were against the dictionary,” Nemmani said.


By winning, he will take home more than $42,000 worth of prizes.


And Modi, who is only 12, will have one more chance to win the national championship next year. After she finishes the 8th grade, she will be too old to complete.


An unusual year

In addition to the surprise winner, the 2018 National Spelling Bee was unusual in other ways, too. It was the biggest in the 93-year history of the spelling bee. More than 500 children, ages 8 to 15, participated. That is over 200 more than in any other year.


For the first time, the national bee also included new ways for participants to qualify2. Most, like second-place winner Naysa Modi, earned their positions by winning several smaller competitions. As a result, Modi’s region3 paid for her transportation to and from Oxon Hill, hotel and other costs.

But first-place winner Karthik Nemmani, used a new “wild card” program and paid his own way.

The wild card program enables4 students who did not win their region to participate at the national spelling bee. The program is designed to include more of the country’s best spellers in the national event, especially if they come from a competitive5 region.

Modi, Nemmani, and the third-place winner, Abhijay Kodali, are from such an area. They all live near Dallas, Texas, a place where many national spelling bee finalists and winners come from. Nemmani’s family even moved there so he could go to a school that takes part in the program.

Nemmani’s victory also shows the power of a new industry of spelling coaches. Nemmani thanked his, a former competitor who is only 16 years old herself.

But there is at least one way in which Nemmani is not unusual. He is the 14th spelling bee champion from an Indian family in each of the past 14 years.

Words in This Story

spelling bee - n. a contest in which contestants6 spell words aloud and are removed from the contest when they spell a word wrong

confidence - n. a feeling or belief that you can do something well or succeed at something

dictionary - n. a reference7 book that contains words listed in alphabetical8 order

participate - v. to be involved with others in doing something : to take part in an activity or event with others

qualify - v. to have the right to do, have, or be a part of something

region - n. a part of a country

wild card - n. a player or team chosen to fill a place in a competition after the regularly qualified9 players or teams have all been decided10

coach - n. a person who teaches and trains an athlete or performer


1 softly HiIzR4     
  • He speaks too softly for her to hear.他讲话声音太轻,她听不见。
  • She breathed her advice softly.她低声劝告。
2 qualify oCFyi     
  • I won't qualify until next year.我明年才具备资格。
  • You must qualify yourself for the post.你必须使自己具备担任这一工作的资格。
3 region RUtxZ     
  • The students went to study the geology of that region.学生们去研究那个地区的地质情况。
  • It is unusual to see snow in this region.这个地区难得见到雪。
4 enables 5bbe727a82109d77599a648e779d2e09     
v.使能够,提供做…的权利[措施]( enable的第三人称单数 );使可能
  • The software enables you to access the Internet in seconds. 这种软件使你在几秒钟内便可访问互联网。
  • This pass enables me to travel half-price on trains. 我用这张通行证可以半价乘火车。 来自《简明英汉词典》
5 competitive yOkz5     
  • Some kinds of business are competitive.有些商业是要竞争的。
  • These businessmen are both competitive and honourable.这些商人既有竞争性又很诚实。
6 contestants 6183e6ae4586949fe63bec42c8d3a422     
n.竞争者,参赛者( contestant的名词复数 )
  • The competition attracted over 500 contestants representing 8 different countries. 这次比赛吸引了代表8个不同国家的500多名参赛者。
  • Two candidates are emerging as contestants for the presidency. 两位候选人最终成为总统职位竞争者。 来自《简明英汉词典》
7 reference IACzU     
  • We spent days going through all related reference material.我们花了好多天功夫查阅所有有关的参考资料。
  • I like to have my reference books within my reach.我喜欢把参考书放到伸手可取的地方。
8 alphabetical gfvyY     
  • Please arrange these books in alphabetical order.请把这些书按字母顺序整理一下。
  • There is no need to maintain a strict alphabetical sequence.不必保持严格的字顺。
9 qualified DCPyj     
  • He is qualified as a complete man of letters.他有资格当真正的文学家。
  • We must note that we still lack qualified specialists.我们必须看到我们还缺乏有资质的专家。
10 decided lvqzZd     
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
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