Chris & ErickParent of Contestants
Just a note to thank you and the Shivashankars for evangelizing on the spelling creed to our children and bringing a contest such as this to the UAE.
Erick has been a part of the SB for the past 2 years and it has benefitted him tremendously as a student and us as a family and I am sure in the long run this will benefit him more than the value we set on it today!
...keep up the good work!
Dhruv SahaParent of Contestant
The Finals of Danube Spelling Bee 2014 will be a very memorable experience for my son Dhruv Saha(Cambridge High School, Abu Dhabi).The Organizer’s of Spelling Bee were exceptionally good. Each member of the Exquity event was outstanding.
My son's Autism came in the way of his social acceptance. This was handled efficiently by the organizer’s at the competition. They never behaved differently to Dhruv but gave that extra attention to the fact that he is different.
Nargish KhambattaVice Principal
With Mr. Chappells close involvement our children have grown to enjoy preparing for the Spelling Bee Championships.
From the feedback we have received, it is an event that is organized very well.
Kudos to you and your team.
Prabha VarmaPrincipal - The Indian High School
We would like to thank you for successfully conducting the Spelling Bee Championship 2011-2012.
We are proud of the fact that many of our students took part in this Championship and 5 of them emerged as winners with 1 boy being declared as the Spelling Bee Champion.
Mary MathewHeadmistress - Abu Dhabi Indian School
We were privileged to be able to participate in this year’s Danube Spelling Bee Championship. The entire team coordinated very well from the commencement and were prompt in all their dealings and arrangements. We are grateful for their cooperation and timely responses.
We at, Abu Dhabi Indian School, are grateful to our Principal and the Management for all the support rendered in facilitating the participation.
Ms Vandana MarwahPrincipal - Delhi Private School
This is to put on record my sincere and heartfelt gratitude to the organizers of the Danube Spelling Bee Championship 2014.We appreciate the thorough professionalism and prompt response from the distribution of entry forms to the conduct of the preliminary ,semi finals and finals. Your support and guidance ensured that the competition was conducted smoothly and efficiently.
The entire competition was conducted in a very fair and transparent manner.
Varughese AbrahamVice Principal - The Cambridge High School
It was indeed a pleasure to have you and your team introduce Spelling Bee to our school. The management, staff and students of The Cambridge High School, Abu Dhabi were very impressed by your efficient and dedicated team and the professional attitude that they had when they conducted the preliminary round in our school.
The end-objective of the Spelling Bee is not to learn by rote, i.e. memorization, as that is very limiting! It is impossible to learn the entire dictionary!
However the Spelling Bee is aimed to empower students and teach skills that will expand vocabulary a “thousand-fold” by learning the rules, the exceptions, the patterns, origins, foreign words etc.
This also aids student in learning the process of analysis and thinking... More
1. The letter q is always written with u and we say, "kw." The letter u is not a vowel here. (quiet)
2. /c/ before e, i, or y says, "s" (cent, city, cycle).
3. /g/ before e, i, or y may say, "j" (gentle, get).
4. Vowels a, e, o, u usually say, "ā", "ē", "ō", "ū" at the end of a syllable (belong, protect, futile)
- Start wherever you are
- Work on your level of words until you are ready for the next.
- For words like which and witch, receive and accommodate,you just have to memorize how to spell them. They are like other words (stitch, rich, itch, sandwich, etc.), but there’s no great secret.