English language http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/53982/all en Youths vie for top US spelling honor http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/tourism/130528/youths-vie-top-us-spelling-honor <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The 86th annual National Spelling Bee kicks off Tuesday with 281 youngsters from eight nations putting their ability to spell some of the most obscure words in the English language to the test.</p> <p>Sponsored by the Scripps media group, the three-day competition at the Gaylord National Resort outside Washington is an American institution that's been won for the past five years by teenagers of South Asian heritage.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/tourism/130528/youths-vie-top-us-spelling-honor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> English language Scripps National Spelling Bee The E.W. Scripps Company Tourism Tue, 28 May 2013 12:51:02 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5847382 at http://www.globalpost.com Youths vie for top US spelling honor http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/health-and-home/130528/youths-vie-top-us-spelling-honor <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The 86th annual National Spelling Bee kicks off Tuesday with 281 youngsters from eight nations putting their ability to spell some of the most obscure words in the English language to the test.</p> <p>Sponsored by the Scripps media group, the three-day competition at the Gaylord National Resort outside Washington is an American institution that's been won for the past five years by teenagers of South Asian heritage.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/health-and-home/130528/youths-vie-top-us-spelling-honor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> English language Scripps National Spelling Bee The E.W. Scripps Company Health and Home Tue, 28 May 2013 12:51:42 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5847385 at http://www.globalpost.com Youths vie for top US spelling honor http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/entertainment/130528/youths-vie-top-us-spelling-honor <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The 86th annual National Spelling Bee kicks off Tuesday with 281 youngsters from eight nations putting their ability to spell some of the most obscure words in the English language to the test.</p> <p>Sponsored by the Scripps media group, the three-day competition at the Gaylord National Resort outside Washington is an American institution that's been won for the past five years by teenagers of South Asian heritage.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/entertainment/130528/youths-vie-top-us-spelling-honor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> English language Entertainment Scripps National Spelling Bee The E.W. Scripps Company Tue, 28 May 2013 12:52:45 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5847388 at http://www.globalpost.com Youths vie for top US spelling honor http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/well-being/130528/youths-vie-top-us-spelling-honor <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The 86th annual National Spelling Bee kicks off Tuesday with 281 youngsters from eight nations putting their ability to spell some of the most obscure words in the English language to the test.</p> <p>Sponsored by the Scripps media group, the three-day competition at the Gaylord National Resort outside Washington is an American institution that's been won for the past five years by teenagers of South Asian heritage.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/well-being/130528/youths-vie-top-us-spelling-honor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> English language Scripps National Spelling Bee The E.W. Scripps Company Well being Tue, 28 May 2013 13:30:58 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5847429 at http://www.globalpost.com U.S. spelling bee starts with a new challenge : definitions http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130529/us-spelling-bee-starts-new-challenge-definitions <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Ian Simpson</p> <p>OXON HILL, Maryland (Reuters) - Sometimes-nervous contestants in the United States' Scripps National Spelling Bee launched two days of competition on Wednesday, facing the new challenge of not only having to spell obscure words correctly, but also knowing what they mean.</p> <p>A total of 281 contestants aged 8 to 14 from across the United States and other countries took to the stage for a preliminary spelling round in the spelling bee. The finals are on Thursday night.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130529/us-spelling-bee-starts-new-challenge-definitions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> English language Evaluation Scripps National Spelling Bee Thomson Reuters Wed, 29 May 2013 19:19:29 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5848215 at http://www.globalpost.com Youth beats 'German curse' to win US spelling title http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130531/youth-beats-german-curse-win-us-spelling-title <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The US-born son of immigrants from India overcame his longstanding problem with words of Germanic origin Thursday to win the 86th national spelling bee.</p> <p>Arvind Mahankali, 13, from New York City, correctly spelled knaidel, a type of dumpling also known as a matzah ball, to become the sixth youth of south Asian heritage to win the coveted title in as many years.</p> <p>He is also the first boy to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee since 2008.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130531/youth-beats-german-curse-win-us-spelling-title" target="_blank">read more</a></p> English language Food and drink Jewish culture AFP Fri, 31 May 2013 05:01:30 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5849236 at http://www.globalpost.com Ricky Martin to debut "Spanglish" version of "Come With Me" http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130715/ricky-martin-debut-spanglish-version-come-me <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>San Juan, Jul 15 (EFE).- Puerto Rican artist Ricky Martin will launch at the next Premios Juventud gala the "Spanglish" version of his latest song, "Come With Me," his publicist said Monday.</p> <p>Martin, whose new single has risen to top spot on radio stations in Australia and Latin America, will sing his Spanglish number July 18 at Miami's BankUnited Center.</p> <p>"Come With Me" marks Martin's return to recording after his performance in the Broadway revival of "Evita" and the success he scored on the jury of Australia's version of "The Voice."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130715/ricky-martin-debut-spanglish-version-come-me" target="_blank">read more</a></p> English language Latin American culture Ricky Martin The Potbelleez Agencia EFE Mon, 15 Jul 2013 18:36:04 +0000 Agencia EFE 5884560 at http://www.globalpost.com Nerves, tears, song on stage in U.S. National Spelling Bee http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130529/nerves-tears-song-stage-national-spelling-bee <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Ian Simpson</p> <p>OXON HILL, Maryland (Reuters) - The young contestants in the United States' Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday relied on coping strategies from prayer to song to cool their nerves as they tackled some of the more obscure words in the English language.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130529/nerves-tears-song-stage-national-spelling-bee" target="_blank">read more</a></p> English language Scripps National Spelling Bee The E.W. Scripps Company Thomson Reuters Thu, 30 May 2013 02:33:23 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5848450 at http://www.globalpost.com 'How you dey?' Nigerian pidgin use ruffles purists' feathers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140116/how-you-dey-nigerian-pidgin-use-ruffles-purists-feathers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The chatter is fast-paced and the laughter infectious in the studios of Lagos radio station Wazobia FM.</p> <p>Programmes at the station are broadcast only in pidgin -- the English-based patois that's fast becoming Nigeria's lingua franca.</p> <p>In a country of 170 million, with hundreds of local languages and dialects, pidgin, rather than official Standard English, is the glue that increasingly binds disparate communities.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140116/how-you-dey-nigerian-pidgin-use-ruffles-purists-feathers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> English language Krio language Nigerian Pidgin AFP Fri, 17 Jan 2014 04:32:11 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6045479 at http://www.globalpost.com Tricky dog names test US spelling bee contestants http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140528/tricky-dog-names-test-us-spelling-bee-contestants <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The best young spellers in the United States and beyond faced a torrent of tricky dog names Wednesday as the 86th Scripps National Spelling Bee got underway in earnest.</p> <p>Borzoi, dachshund, Keeshond, Schipperke, schnauzer and Weimaraner were among the breed names that tested the spelling wits of the 281 contestants on stage at the National Harbor outside Washington ahead of Thursday's finals.</p> <p>"There were a lot of those," acknowledged the bee's official pronouncer Jacques Bailly, a classics professor in Vermont who won the championship in 1980.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140528/tricky-dog-names-test-us-spelling-bee-contestants" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dog breeds English language Scripps National Spelling Bee AFP Wed, 28 May 2014 23:35:47 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6160581 at http://www.globalpost.com There's a fun buzz around National Spelling Bee http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140528/theres-fun-buzz-around-national-spelling-bee <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Ian Simpson</p> <p>OXON HILL Md. (Reuters) - Pressure-busting one-liners were on full display as the tension-packed Scripps National Spelling Bee got under way on Wednesday.</p> <p>Asking for the word in question to be used in a sentence is standard for the 281 youthful spellers, and presenter Jacques Bailly has built the routine into a low-key stick in which the contestants repeatedly say: "Do you have a funny sentence?" </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140528/theres-fun-buzz-around-national-spelling-bee" target="_blank">read more</a></p> English language Scripps National Spelling Bee The E.W. Scripps Company Thomson Reuters Thu, 29 May 2014 01:36:02 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6160700 at http://www.globalpost.com Teens become first joint US spelling champions in 52 years http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140530/teens-become-first-joint-us-spelling-champions-52-years <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Two young American teenagers of South Asian heritage made spelling history Thursday when they became the first co-winners of the Scripps National Spelling Bee since 1962.</p> <p>Ansun Sujoe, 13, and Sriram Hathwar, 14, hoisted the gold cup after they saw off 10 other finalists and then spelled their way through the demanding final list of 25 words.</p> <p>Hathwar would have been the champion after correctly spelling stichomythia, meaning a dialogue of altercation in Greek drama, the penultimate word on the list.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140530/teens-become-first-joint-us-spelling-champions-52-years" target="_blank">read more</a></p> English language Scripps National Spelling Bee The E.W. Scripps Company AFP Fri, 30 May 2014 05:18:14 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6161881 at http://www.globalpost.com Teens become first joint US spelling champions in 52 years http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140530/teens-become-first-joint-us-spelling-champions-52-years-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Two young American teenagers of South Asian heritage made spelling history Thursday when they became the first co-winners of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in more than half a century.</p> <p>Ansun Sujoe, 13, and Sriram Hathwar, 14, hoisted the glittering gold cup together after they saw off 10 other finalists before taking turns to exhaust the competition's demanding word list.</p> <p>In the nail-biting finale, Hathwar correctly spelled stichomythia, meaning a dialogue of altercation in Greek drama.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140530/teens-become-first-joint-us-spelling-champions-52-years-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> English language Scripps National Spelling Bee Spelling bee AFP Fri, 30 May 2014 12:18:01 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6162155 at http://www.globalpost.com Co-winners declared after National Spelling Bee faceoff http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140530/new-york-texas-students-co-champs-scripps-national-spelling-bee <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Ian Simpson</p> <p>OXON HILL Md. (Reuters) - A tense championship faceoff at the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee ended in a tie on Thursday, with co-winners declared for the first time in 52 years.</p> <p>Sriram Hathwar, an eighth grader from Painted Post, New York, and Ansun Sujoe, a seventh grader from Fort Worth, Texas, battled head-to-head through six rounds before judges ruled the contest a tie.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140530/new-york-texas-students-co-champs-scripps-national-spelling-bee" target="_blank">read more</a></p> English language Scripps National Spelling Bee The E.W. Scripps Company Thomson Reuters Fri, 30 May 2014 05:20:43 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6161905 at http://www.globalpost.com