Friday, June 10, 2005

That's one theory
Tunku Varadarajan has a theory that five of the past seven National Spelling Bee winners have been Indian-American because of their cultural heritage. As I said, that's one theory, but I have another.

Maybe they do so well at it because they've had so much practice with their own last names. Think about it: Varadarajan, Nyenanajad, and so on. These are not easy things to spell in English (I have no idea how complicated they are in Hindi). These kids are exposed to such names at an early age, and therefore have early practice at phonetics. They are probably better at reading, and so their vocabularies and ability to figure out the spelling of complicated words are also boosted.

Yeah, maybe it's cultural; but maybe it's all in the name.

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