“Hey, did you hear the news?”
“No, what happened?”
“The 93rd Scripps National Spelling Bee got cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.”
“Oh no! I was really looking forward to take part in it this year.”
“I know, right! The only other time the event was cancelled was from 1943 to 1945 because of World War II.”
“Well, that’s just sad.”
“Hey, guess what?”
“What is it?”
“I just learned about this amazing Online Spelling Bee Competition organized by 98th Percentile. I’m thinking I am going to register for it!”
“Oh really? That’s some good news! I was actually missing being part of a spelling bee competition this year.”
“Yeah, I am so relieved. Something fun to look forward to! They also have a blog on it, go check it out.”
Can you relate to the conversation taking place in April of this year? The year 2020 is only the second year in the last ninety-five years that the Scripps National Spelling Bee has been cancelled. It is a landmark competition that entices competitors from around the nation, and it had only previously been cancelled during World War II. A war and a pandemic are the only two giants that have ever stood in its way.
Luckily, 98th Percentile (an online learning platform) is bringing back the spirit of competition to an otherwise trying year in our national competition, Spell Kahoot! Participating in a spelling bee is not just about fun and games; being a competitor develops and improves your overall sense and efficiency within a particular language. Preparing for and participating in a spelling bee also enhances some important traits:
English: Funny and Mysterious
From the language’s weird spelling rules to its complex grammar laws, it can be a struggle trying to structure sentences that are correct. Common sense would dictate that you could would write a word the way its pronounced, or pronounce it the way it is spelled and for it to be correct. But not in English! How on earth do the words “cough,” “though” and “through” don’t rhyme but “pony” and “bologna” do!? It appears to make no sense at all. The struggle in learning its rules is real but gradually and eventually it could be mastered through tough thorough thought, though. Did you take a while to read the last sentence? If yes, then you understand the complexities of the English language!
Before we even try to comprehend rules of any language, it’s essential to understand its origin and etymology. English is a part of the Indo-European language family and its words share common roots with German, French, Russian, Hindi and Persian. It has borrowed extensively from various languages and has kept evolving ever since.
Pronunciation is Key
That has led to the bending of lot of rules and sometimes goes by no logic at all. Just when you think you’ve got the pronunciation of “womb” and “tomb” correct, there will be a “bomb” to perplex you.
It becomes especially crucial to get your pronunciations right if you’re preparing for a spelling bee competition where every word will be spoken by the announcer. But, with the right set of strategies and directions, anyone can ace a spelling bee challenge. The key is to know where to start. Go through the following tips and even take it a step further by doing your own research as well.
Now that you’ve gone through all tips, tricks and e-booklets; it’s your turn to put your “spelling antennas” on and ace this competition. Trust me, it’s not just hard work and perseverance that will bring you success; but excitement and determination from within will play an equally important role in bringing you victory. Register for Spell Kahoot today and bring some competitive fun into your life!
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