Fourteen-year-old Karthik Nemmani of Texas won the Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday night. His victory was a surprise – even to him.
I didn't really think I'd be able to do it, he said softly. I had confidence that I could, but I honestly didn't realistically think it could happen.
The competition took place in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
Many people had expected another student, Naysa Modi, to win. She had competed and done well in four other national spelling bees. In fact, she had beaten Nemmani earlier this year at a spelling event in Texas. But at the national championship, Modi misspelled "Bewusstseinslage," a word from the German language.
So Nemmani had the final chance to win. He did – by correctly spelling the word koinonia.
The two competitors did not appear to have any hard feelings, however. We weren't against each other. We were against the dictionary, Nemmani said.
By winning, he will take home more than $42,000 worth of prizes.
And Modi, who is only 12, will have one more chance to win the national championship next year. After she finishes the 8th grade, she will be too old to complete.
In addition to the surprise winner, the 2018 National Spelling Bee was unusual in other ways, too. It was the biggest in the 93-year history of the spelling bee. More than 500 children, ages 8 to 15, participated. That is over 200 more than in any other year.
Nemmani's victory also shows the power of a new industry of spelling coaches. Nemmani thanked his, a former competitor who is only 16 years old herself.
But there is at least one way in which Nemmani is not unusual. He is the 14th spelling bee champion from an Indian family in each of the past 14 years.
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1. appear to do sth 似乎，好像
There appear to be plenty of others like him.
2.in fact 实际上
In fact, we already have the technology to do so.
3.do well in 擅长
Do you believe that only boys do well in science?
4.expect sb/sth to do sth 预计……，预期
The number of attacks is expected to rise as the seas become calmer after the summer monsoon season.
5. U.S. President Donald Trump says a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will take place
take place 发生，进行
How many of you believe that there are meetings that take place without you?
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6. I didn't really think I'd be able to do it, he said softly.
be able to do sth 有能力做某事
So, theoretically, this person might be able to do something and you wouldn't notice!
But I also feel very blessed to be able to do what I do.
我真的觉得自己无缘冠军，他轻声说 。我不是没有信心，但说实话，我没想过这件事真的会发生 。
很多人都看好另一位学生，她叫莫迪 。莫迪在另外四场国家级拼字比赛中取得了不错的成绩 。实际上，今年年初，在德克萨斯州举行的一个拼字比赛上，莫迪还打败了卡西克 。但在本次的国家级锦标赛上，莫迪拼错了Bewusstseinslage这个单词(意识、状态)，这个词来源于德语 。
正因如此，卡西克才有最后的机会得胜 。他借助这个机会得胜——最终拼对了单词koinonia(联合作用) 。
不过，这两位参赛选手并没有厌恶彼此的情绪 。我们不跟对方较劲，只跟字典较劲，卡西克如是说道 。
而年仅12岁的莫迪明年还将有一次机会赢得全国锦标赛冠军 。但是读完8年级之后，她的年龄就不够参赛资格了 。
除了这两个让人意想不到的赢家之外，2018年的全美拼字比赛在其他一些方面也尽显与众不同 。这次比赛是93年历程里规模最大的一次 。有500多名8-15岁的儿童参加了比赛 。比任何一年都多了200多人 。
卡西克的获胜也表明，拼字指导教练这个新生产业的巨大力量 。卡西克感谢自己的教练，这位教练是他昔日的对手，只有16岁 。
卡西克至少有一个方面是与众不同的 。他是过去14年来获得拼字比赛的人中第14位来自印度家庭的选手 。
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