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US spelling competition ends in a tie 2016.06.03
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DO you know how to pronounce or spell ‘Feldenkrais’? How about ‘gesellschaft’? Do not worry if you do not, because they are really difficult words! But if you want to win the national spelling competition in the United States (美國) – called a spelling bee (拼字比賽) – you have to spell them right because these were the final words that two little boys spelt out right before they won the competition together.

Yes, this year ended, as it has for the past two years, in a tie. And it is the ninth year in a row that the contest was won by South Asians (南亞裔人士). The two boys Big Dee ASK who won this year were only 13 and 11.

(This article is published on Goodies on 6 June 2016)


1. pronounce (v)
    讀出

2. spell (v)
    拼字

3. worry (v)
    擔心

4. national (adj)
    全國的

5. tie (n)
    平手

6. in a row (adv phr)
    連續

7. ninth (adj)
    第九的

8. contest (n)
    比賽





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  1. How many boys and girls won the spelling competition this year?
    one boy, one girl
    two boys, no girls
    no boys, two girls

  2. What creature do we use to call a spelling competition?
    bee
    bear
    beetle

  3. In the last _____ years, the competition has been won by South Asians.
    eight
    nine
    ten

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