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【R1U5L2】 1 2岁的拼单词比赛冠军

  
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  11斯克里普斯,霍华德美国拼单词比赛进行了两天,现已接近尾声。
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  1 It was the end  of the second day of competition at the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee.
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  2随着其他的参赛者都被淘汰出局,年仅12岁的乔迪,安妮·麦克斯韦成为唯一留在赛台上的选手。
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  All the other  spellers had been eliminated. Jody-Anne Maxwe112, aged 12, was the last one  left.
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  3不过她还得再拼对一个单词才能拿到冠军。9 x( w7 |& b; E& u
  
  But the  championship was not hers yet. She still had to spell one more word.
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  4考官读出一个单词,接着给出词义:! ]4 J: I3 _# ~/ y
“该词指的是在绘画时善于运用明暗对照法营造出纵深幻觉艺术效果的画家。”
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  The spelling bee  official read the word, and then the definition: “An artist who uses the  treatment of light and shade in a painting or drawing to produce the  illusion   of depth. ”& z  W/ A' b: |* _
  
  
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  21乔迪·安妮重复了一下这个词,接着拼道:     “c_h_i_a_r_o_s_c_u_r_i_s_t.”  : N* A6 Z: K* K/ C7 g" {
  
  2 Jody-Anne  repeated the word and spelled, “c_h_i_a_r_o_s_c_u_r_i_s_t.”
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  2可怕的提示错误的铃声没有响。她) x4 n# n7 e4 t
  
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  3她赢了!& q1 k! G+ |; ]* ]
  
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  4第一次参加美国拼单词大赛,乔迪·安妮就夺得了桂冠。" n& G# U8 h- K& [/ \9 n
  
  And it was the  first time she had ever entered the contest.
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  31这个“第一”可不仅仅是来自牙买加金斯敦的八年级女生乔迪·安妮的“第一”,而且还是牙买加人第一次在美国拼单词比赛中夺冠,是非美国本土选手第一次在该比赛中夺冠。. Z2 A5 w6 @7 ]; W
  
  3 And that’s not  the only first – Jody-Anne, an eighth-grader from Kingston,  Jamaica, is also the first  speller from her country and the first speller from outside the U.S.  to win the contest.
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  2本次比赛中,另外有248名优秀选手与乔迪·安妮同台竞技,他们的年龄从9岁到1 5岁不等,分别来自美国、墨西哥、美属维尔京群岛、巴哈马(群岛)、美属萨摩亚岛、关岛和欧洲。
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  She competed  against 248 spellers, aged 9 to 15, from the U.S., Mexico,  the U.S. Virgin Islands,  the Bahamas, American Samoa, Guam,  and Europe! ~' o& {6 a* ]0 _% ^
  
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  41乔迪·安妮早在1996年底就开始准备这次大赛了。
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  4 Jody-Anne  began preparing for her big day in late 1996.  v) P4 c- P+ R# X+ a+ a
  
  
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  2在教练格伦.OJ.·阿切尔牧师的指导下,她学习了整整一本词典里的词根及其原义。# A4 a6 C) @. l& S
  
  She and her  spelling coach, the Reverend Glen O.J. Archer, studied using an entire  dictionary, the root words, and their original meanings.
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  3持之以恒的付出终于有了回报。乔
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  4乔迪,安妮先在学校所在教区的拼单词比赛(相当于县级拼词比赛)中获胜,后又于1 9978月在有三四千孩子参加的牙买加全国拼单词比赛中获得冠军。6 v" Z  Q7 I! o% G# i' E1 G
  
  She won the  spelling bee in her school parish (similar to a county spelling bee). About  3, 000 t0 4, 000 kids competed in the Jamaican national spelling bee in  August 1997. And Jody-Anne won!; \/ {/ M1 O1 Y+ P# h% R" F* O* [
  
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  51经过两个月的休整,阿切尔教练开始训练乔迪·安妮和另外两个女孩,这两个女孩后来也一起参加了在华盛顿举行的第71届斯克里普斯,霍华德美国拼单词大赛,其中的海蒂·林多(11)住在蒙特哥海湾,贝蒂娜·麦克利恩(11)住在奥乔里奥斯,因为相隔遥远,她们每两三星期才能聚到一起进行专门的练习活动。
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  5 After a  two-month break, coach Archer started drilling her and the other two girls  who also went to the 71st Scripps Howard Bee in Washington, D.C.  They had to meet together every two to three weeks in special workshops  because they lived far apart. Haydee (pronounced Heidi) Lindo,11, traveled  from Montego Bay, and Bettina McLean11, came  from Ocho Rios.3 E; `1 C# q+ u1 b0 k& [
  
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  2八个月的时间里,她们背熟了《韦氏最新国际词典(第三版)》和拼单词比赛的正式词汇表。& R* w8 R. u2 B. n& B
  
  For eight months  they studied Webster’s   Third New  International Dictionary and the official word list for the spelling bee.
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  61翌年5月,她们踏上了赴华盛顿参赛的征程。
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  6 Then came the  big trip in May to the bee in D.C.
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  2这次比赛中,乔迪·安妮夺得冠军,而且贝蒂娜也获得了第六名的好成绩,拿到了750美金的奖金。
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  Not only did  Jody-Anne win the bee, but Bettina came in sixth place and won $750.
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  3前十名得主里竟然有两名选手来自牙买加!
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  Two of the ten  spellers came from Jamaica!
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  4乔迪·安妮凭借出色的表现贏得了10 000美金的现金、一只漂亮的奖杯、一块拼单词比赛纪念手表、一套百科全书,还有美国航空公司赠送的任选目的地的国内双人游。
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  For her spelling  perfection, Jody-Anne won $10 000   in cash, a beautiful trophy, a spelling bee watch, a set of  encyclopedias, and a trip for two from U.S. Airways to any destination in the  U.S.
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  71赛后接受采访时,乔迪·安妮说,比赛过程中出现过几个单词她并不会拼,但是“上帝只把那些我知道的词赐给我考”。
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  7 When  interviewed afterwards, Jody-Anne said that there were several words in the  bee that she did not know how to spell, but that “God gave me the words that  knew.”- o1 C9 |" h7 [( ?( d- Z& N4 M' ^
  
  
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  当问及给其他选手有何建议时,她的回答是:, ?+ l' K5 U( v/ s
“相信上帝,拼命努力,永不放弃。”
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  阿切尔教练对此表示赞同,他说:6 I0 g$ i) R' }" ~
“我们坚信灵感加汗水是一道绝妙的公式。
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  Coach Archer  agrees. “We believe that inspiration plus perspiration is a   marvelous formula,” he says.
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  81激励还来自贾妮斯,乔迪·安妮四个姐姐中的一个,她曾是1990年牙买加全岛拼单词比赛的冠军得主。
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  8 One of her  four sisters, Janice, was also an inspiration. She was the 1990 All- Island  Spelling Champ of Jamaica.) w  }8 s. ~- n
  
  
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  2安妮说:
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  “She was the one  who encouraged me to enter and helped me, too,” says Jody-Anne., a8 {. i* [# b% V7 `  Y
  
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  她最喜欢这次拼单词比赛的地方是可以“坐着回答问题”,而“在牙买加国内决赛时,我们要站着比7个小时呢”。5 [8 {; r) j; S7 M" P3 L" B
  
  Her favorite  part about the spelling bee was the sitting down part,” she says. “Because at  the national finals in Jamaica,  we had to stand for 7 hours.”
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  安妮说她还很喜欢拼词赛场上那种轻松有趣的氛围。
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  91回到牙买加时,乔迪,安妮受到了隆重的欢迎。
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  9 When Jody-Anne  came home, she got a royal welcome.
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  2牙买加政府在首相府邸前架起布告牌祝贺她获奖,政府还答应负责以后安妮在金斯敦阿登中学的学费。+ y6 j, h6 h9 ]
  
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  3牙买加大学向乔迪·安妮发出邀请,提供全额奖学金,专业任选。
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  4美国的好几所大学还提出要为她提供研究生奖学金,专修公司法。5 Q3 K; I6 f9 k1 K% _
  
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  5乔迪·安妮说,她想当一名律师的想法已经有好几年了,而且她的姑妈也是一名企业律师。
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  She has been thinking  about becoming a lawyer for a couple of years now, she says, and her aunt is  also a corporate lawyer.
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  6据阿切尔教练说,加勒比地区酒店行业协会和另一个组织为安妮感到骄傲,所以联合发给她11000美金作为奖励。8 H6 y8 E. W+ K4 U& [
  
  The Caribbean  Hotel Association and another group were so proud of her, said coach Archer,  that they gave her a combined award of $11,000
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  101拼单词冠军的称号给乔迪,安妮带来的好处还不止这些呢。5 \0 H3 w5 R2 z
  
  10 Jody-Anne did  get one other benefit from being a spelling champion.
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  2金斯敦阿登中学校方考虑到,鉴于她在拼单词大赛获奖后会格外忙碌,因而做出决定:全优生乔迪·安妮期末考试免考。6 B8 _& V9 W" j* l, m
  
  Because she was  so busy after the spelling bee, her school excused the straight-A student  from her final exams.  t9 Q# X; N& N- v( D
  
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  3没有比这更美的事了!
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  It doesn’t get  much better than that!
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  --- from InspirationPlus Perspiration: Jody-Anne Maxwell, 1998 National Spelling Bee Champion
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