Spelling Success

by Staff writer on July 20, 2013

VIVE Katerin attended Franklin’s 2011 Global Spell Event Competition held at the Marriot Marquis in New York City on August 17th. This international spelling bee is unique in that each of the contestants are non-native English speaking students who have already won a regional or national level English-language spelling bee in their home country. The competition featured 15 students from across the globe including such diverse regions such as United Arab Emirates, Brazil, Turkey, Senegal, Italy and Chile.

When winner Yeo Jin Jung of South Korea received (and correctly spelled) the word “triumph” mid-way through the competition, perhaps it was foreshadowing of her victory to come. Ms. Jung won the spelling competition in the 9th round against Jiri Fof of the Czech Republic and earned a $10,000 scholarship prize. Her winning word was “repetitious”, which she spelled correctly, while “audacious” was the word that tripped up Mr. Jiri. All the students are winners already and in the glare of the bright lights of New York City did remarkably well.

At the conclusion of the event, VIVE Katerin interviewed Barry Lipsky, the CEO of Franklin. Franklin produces language translation software and launched the Global Spell Event Competition three years ago. Franklin partners with TESOL, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages to host and moderate the spelling events.

Videography credit: Rich Romero, courtesy of Loran TV.

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