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Are the National Spelling Bee Results Becoming More Predictable?

The Scripps National Spelling Bee Finals unfold this week, and the Associated Press has just published an interesting article that suggests it is becoming easier to predict who will win the famous competition. Here is some food for thought: Spectators who follow the National Bee closely also watch the competitions that lead up to the finals. This gives them a better insight into who the top performers are. It is undeniable that spellers who participate in the North South Foundation preparation program end up doing better on the finals stage. This nonprofit foundation hosts national competitions for Indian-Americans in a

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A Spelling Star Is Born!

When the Scripps National Spelling Bee takes place in 2 weeks’ time, a lot of eyes will be on Ananya Vinay. Ananya is a 12 year old student from Fresno, California, who has just won her third consecutive State Spelling Bee. According to the Associated Press, the winning word for Ananya was “Dipsomaniac”. For the record, Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the noun “dipsomania” as “an uncontrollable craving for alcoholic liquors.” So apart from glory, what will Ananya be competing for on May 31st and June 1st of this year? The Scripps prizes that are up for grabs are as follows:  

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Meet The Spellers!

  The 2017 Scripps Spelling Bee Final is just around the corner, and almost 300 passionate spelling bee competitors will be taking part in the event. For snapshots of the competitors visit http://spellingbee.com/meet-the-spellers/2017 Some interesting statistics: Grades represented run from K through to 8. Competitors are aged between 6 and 15, with Edith Fuller from Oklahoma being the youngest. The states with the most competitors are Illinois and Ohio, followed closely by Texas, New York and California.   Europe – 1 American Samoa – 1 Canada – 7 Ghana – 1 Bahamas – 1 South Korea – 2 Jamaica –

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Cool Things To Know About The National Spelling Bee Finals

The 2017 Scripps Spelling Bee Final is just around the corner. Here is some cool trivia about the event.   Youngest Ever! This year’s finals will feature the youngest contestant ever. Edith Fuller is a 5 year old from Oklahoma who beat more than 50 other children in Tulsa to advance to the finals. Annie Fuller, Edith’s mother, said family members learned Edith was gifted last summer when she spelled “restaurant” correctly on her first try. Edith breezed by spelling words like odori, colloquial and sevruga, according to Tulsa World. Her final word, jnana, means knowledge acquired through meditation, according to

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Get Excited! Contest rules are now available for the upcoming Scripps National Spelling Bee

Every year, spelling enthusiasts converge on Washington DC to participate in and watch the Scripps National Spelling Bee. This year’s competition will air live, and will take place on May 31 and June 1.   Scripps has just released the contest rules for this year’s competition. These can be viewed at downloaded at http://spellingbee.com/.   According to Scripps, here are the 3 most buzzworthy changes from last year’s rules:   The spelling portion of the Preliminaries Test will be handwritten. For the spelling portion of the Preliminaries Test, spellers will handwrite their spellings on Bee-formatted test forms, which will be

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Spelling Bees – How To Do You Practice for One?

  SPELLING BEES – How To Do You Practice for One? A spelling bee is a competition in which contenders are asked to spell a wide determination from words, generally with a differing level of difficulty. These competitions are mostly held in schools as a way to test or improve their students. It is also held between schools in district, state and national competitions. A lot of students get nervous when spelling bee competitions are around the corner. Are you one of those students? Then this article is for you. In this article, we are going to discuss how to practice

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50 most difficult words to spell

50 MOST DIFFICULT WORDS TO SPELL What are the top 50 hardest words to spell? So, isn’t this a fun thing to think about? What makes a word in English difficult to spell? Most words are difficult to spell because they arrived in our English vocabularies from a language very much different from our own, like the Afrikaans, Sanskrit, Welsh, etc. also, they can be difficult because most word pronunciation don’t obviate their spelling. It can also be difficult because the word or phrase has one, or two, or three silent letters. A word can be difficult to spell because

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How to spell in English

HOW TO SPELL Spelling words or terms of the English language has always been a complicated matter for individuals trying to learn English language.  While the English language vocabulary continues to grow every day, the origin of English words includes almost all language in existence some of which are no longer regularly spoken!  Most identical sounds are spelled differently as different words and out of 90 basic English spelling patterns 84 spelling patterns have exceptions.  It’s no surprise that spelling bee can be a competitive event. Spelling events have been in existence for more than a decade.  Nevertheless, there has

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Spelling Bee fact sheet

The Spelling Bee A spelling bee is an event in which participants are asked to spell an extensive selection of words, usually with varying degrees of complications. The idea is thought to emanate in the United States, and spelling bee competitions, along with other versions, are now held around the world in several countries. The very first individual to ever win an official National Spelling Bee also known as The Scripps National spelling Bee was Frank Neuhauser in 1995, Washington D.C at age eleven. The History of the word ‘Bee’ in Spelling Bee The term ‘bee’, as used in the phrase “spelling bee”, is one of those puzzles in

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Big guys hate small studios

Anti Virus Issues It came out that some anti virus software are flagging SBN website and installation file as potentially harmful. Or worst they state our software contains malware. Of course this is not true. Our software is perfectly LEGIT and does not contain any harmful code. We are the SpecialOne Studio and our apps are used by hundreds of thousands of users worldwide. Many small publishers are struggling because of this issue. It looks like modern anti virus algorithm just flags as risky the softwares they don’t know about. Funny if we think about all the concerns about the AI

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