VOA慢速英语[娱乐报道] 12岁女孩Ananya Vinay 赢得全美拼字比赛冠军

来源:VOA 2019-03-17

 VOA慢速英语

2017-06-03

 

Ananya Vinay, 12, Wins National Spelling Bee 

 
Ananya Vinay never looked all that impressed by any of the words she was given in the final competition of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee.
 
The 12-year-old from Fresno, California, showed little emotion and needed little time as she correctly spelled word after word. Sometimes she would ask the official bee pronouncer, Dr. Jacques Bailly, all the important questions, such asPart of speech?” andLanguage of origin?” Sometimes, though, she did not even do that.
 
Ananya seized her chance at victory when her only remaining opponent, Rohan Rajeev, misspelled a word. It was a simple-looking but rarely used Scandinavian word, “marram,” a beach grass.
 
Ananya then calmly spelled two words in a row. Her winning word wasmarocain,” a clothing fabric.
 
I knew them all,” Ananya later said.
 
Ananya hardly smiled even when her parents and younger brother hurried onto the stage to hug her as colorful confetti fell. She took time to comfort Rohan, who remained in his seat, rubbing tears from his eyes.
 
Its like a dream come true,” Ananya said. “Im so happy right now.”
 
She will take home more than $40,000 in cash and prizes.
 
Ananya is the 13th Indian-American in a row to win the bee. Like most other Indian-American winners, she prepared by taking part in highly competitive bees that are limited to Indian-Americans. However, she did not win those competitions.
 
 
 
Bee Background
 
More than 290 spellers traveled to Washington, D.C., earlier this week to take part in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. They qualified for the event by winning their regional or local spelling competitions.
 
Most of the competitors are in middle school. This years oldest competitor was 15. The youngest speller, Edith Fuller, just turned six. Bee organizers believe she is the youngest person ever to qualify for the national spelling bee.
 
After qualifying in March, Edith became famous across the nation. On Wednesday, in between rounds of competition, she held her own press conference.
 
"Edith, how does it feel to be the youngest speller in history?"
 
"It feels really exciting."
 
"Do you hope to come back to the bee next year?"
 
"I do, if I dont win this time."
 
After her press conference, Edith correctly spelledtapasin the third round. But, her score on a written vocabulary test was not high enough to move her forward to the final on Thursday.

Preparing for the Bee
 
All bee words come from the more than 490,000 entries in Websters Third New International Dictionary.
 
Bee qualifiers study for many hours each day. They learn language patterns and the roots of words. A root is a word from which other words are formed.
 
Successful spellers know much about Latin, French, Greek and Sanskrit roots and rules. In the finals Thursday, spellers faced words includingchoucrouteandtulsi.” “Choucroute" is a French word for a kind of vegetable served with meat. “Tulsiis a kind of herb. That word entered the Hindi language from Sanskrit.
 
While some of this years bee words were recognizable to the average American, most were not. Almost all entered English from other languages. But a fewsuch as McMansion, shopaholic and webisodewere new words in American popular culture.
 
A few were even trademarked names, likeKlydonograph.” That word, a photographic device, meant dismissal for competitor Erin Howard in the final rounds. The word has no known roots or language of origin.
 
Last years winners
 
Nihar Janga was 11 years old when he tied with then-13-year-old Jairam Hathwar at the 2016 National Spelling Bee. They were the final two spellers left for 25 rounds, before judges declared them both winners.
 
Because of bee rules, they are not permitted to take part in future spelling bees. But, both Nihar and Jairam came to Washington this year to watch.
 
Jairam says his life has been busy in the past year.
 
It was very packed at the beginning with a lot of media tours and events and meeting a lot of people. After that it started to die down.”
 
Nihar and Jairam were the third co-champions in a row. This year, bee organizers added a tiebreaker test.
 
The Bees final day
 
Melodie Loya is 12 years old. She is a small, quiet girl from New York. She was one of the 40 spellers who made it to the final rounds on Thursday.
 
Melodie, who is home-schooled, said she studied up to four hours each day to prepare for the national bee.
 
I like with spelling that every word is made of roots, so certain languages are spelled a certain way and I think thats really cool.”
 
She covered the walls of her bedroom with the words she misspelled while preparing.
 
Melodie made it to the sixth round of competition. Fewer than 30 spellers remained. Then, the bees pronouncer, Dr. Bailly, asked her to spell the word "subauditur."
 
Melodie took her time. She asked Dr. Bailly all the permitted questions: language of origin; definition; part of speech, and alternate pronunciations.
 
Then, she began to spell.
 
S-U-B-A-U-D-I-T-
 
She paused before continuing.
 
“-O-R.”
 
A bee official rang a bell. That meant Melodie had not given the correct spelling. She saidthank youand walked off the stage to the area where competitors who have lost wait for their parents. Television cameras capture it all up close. Melodies eyes filled with tears as she hugged her mother.
 
Rohan Sachdev, 14, was the next speller up after Melodies dismissal. It was his second time competing at nationals. But he said it was his third year to attend the event.
 
I was here in the sixth grade, and then last year my brother beat me in the county and so I still came hereI still knew much more than my brother, its just I got a tougher word than him. But hes a pretty good speller, too.”
 
Sachdev easily made it through round six, and then round seven and eight. And by Thursday afternoon, he was one of 15 spellers left. He finished Thursday night in a tie for 12th place.
 
The American sports network ESPN carried the final spelling rounds live, just as they do with major sports events. The hashtag #SpellingBee trended on social media.
 
ESPNs bee experts had not predicted Ananya Vinays win. They favored Texan Shourav Dasari as victor. He was one of four spellers remaining Thursday night when he got the wordMogollon.”
 
Without asking Dr. Bailly for any information about the word, Shourav spelled the word in just six seconds. He then returned to his seat before officials even announced he was right.
 
Social media users said the moment was more exciting than anything in the NBA finals, which were airing at the same time as the bee
 
Later, though, Shourav misspelledStruldbrug,” a word created by Jonathan Swift in his novelGullivers Travels.” It had no recognizable roots or language patterns to fall back on.
 
This was Shourav's final year of bee eligibility.
 
I was honestly, absolutely shocked. It was stunning,” former speller Jacob Williamson said. “Shourav is one of the greatest spellers of all time and hes probably the best speller that never won.
 
Im Ashley Thompson.
 
And Im Caty Weaver.
 
 
 
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