Can non-Indians win spelling bee?


Can non-Indians win spelling bee? Beats me too, How can Indians learn million languages of their own and learn English additionally to an extent of winning spelling bee? Apparently they do, with “yemm..wo..wo and then yenn”.

If you look at other side of this, Spelling bee cannot be conducted in any Indian languages. Only English (I think) have this privilege.  None of them have this “disability” of “not spelling what is pronounced” and “not pronouncing what is written”. In other words, almost all Indian languages (with has script e.g Hindi), any word can be pronounced only one way and written too, no ambiguity. I heard rest of the Asian languages are designed this way too, Arabic, Chinese etc.

Anyways, enjoy this Young Turks video on latest spelling bee.

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ರಾಮೇಶ್ವರಕ್ಕೆ ಹೋದ್ರೂ…


“ನಮಸ್ಕಾರ ಸಾರ್”

“ಹೆಲೊ..???”

“ನಾನು ದಿವಾಕರ್ , ಕನ್ನಡಿಗ ಸಾರ್.. ನೀವು ಬೆಂಗ್ಳೂರಾ?”

“ದಿವಾಕರ್ …?? ಯಾರು ಗೊತ್ತಾಗ್ಲಿಲ್ಲ”

“ನಿಮ್ಮ ಕಾಲರ್ ಟ್ಯೂನ್ ಕನ್ನಡ ಕೇಳಿ , ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರು ಅಂದ್ಕೊಂಡೆ.. ಡಿಸ್ಟರ್ಬ್ ಮಾಡಿದ್ನಾ ಸಾರ್?”

“ಇಲ್ಲ ಪರ್ವಾಗಿಲ್ಲ… ಏನು ಬೇಕಾಗಿತ್ತು ಹೇಳಿ”

“ಸಾರ್ , ನಿಮ್ಮಲ್ಲಿ … ಐಸಿಐಸಿಐ ಕಾರ್ಡು ಇದೆಯಾ ಸಾರ್”

” …???”

Keep your words sweet


Keep your words sweet – you may have to eat them sometime.

There is one very similar subhashita in Sanskrit, which always been my favorite.

प्रियवाक्यप्रदानेन सर्वे तुश्यंति जंतवः | तस्मात्तदेव वक्तव्यं वचने का दरीद्रता ||

(To read: priyavAkyapradAnEna sarvE tushanti jantavah tasmattadEva vaktavyam vachanE ka darIdratA )

All living creatures love listening to you, if you talk sweet. So why poverty of sweet words ?