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Spelling Bee

Vocabulary Bee

As per the old adage, "Practice makes one perfect".
Practice words are accessible on the site. To learn them, you have to consult a dictionary. Further, in order to test your spelling skill, you have to silently spell each word to yourself or spell in front of your parents. Most parents print the words and ask their children to practice. While many children find it exciting initially, they pretty soon find it laborious and monotonous. Many continue to practice them grudgingly under pressure from their parents.

To overcome this barrier, North South Foundation has developed an Online Spelling Bee Word Game to improve English skills of children of the Indian American community. This is an interactive game providing a challenging and rewarding experience. The objective is to make it a fun in learning.

The game has the following unique features:
  1. It emulates the actual spelling bee environment: computer pronounces a word; you can ask it to repeat the word; alternatively, you can ask for a definition, root, or sentence.
  2. It allows you to choose words among six categories ranging from beginners to advanced.
  3. Words are given randomly so that you don’t get the same sequence of words in each session. This will eliminate monotony and boredom.
  4. As you learn words, the computer will suppress them so that you will not be annoyed with the words you already know.
  5. You will see your scores and the improvement you make over time. As a result, you will gain more confidence in your own capabilities.


Please read each step very carefully to ensure that getting access to the game is smooth and not onerous.

  1. The registration fee for game access is $50. Two-thirds of the registration fee is a tax-deductible contribution. Please note that the registration fees for contests, workshops, online coaching or Prep Clubs do not provide access to the game. The access is for one game for one child for one year. The access is not transferrable to another child or another game.
  2. If your child participates in the NSF Dollar-a-Square (DAS) program and collects $100 or more, you are eligible to acees the game. The access is for one game for one child for one year. The access is not transferrable to another child or another game.
  3. To register log in as a parent and then click on Register for Game on the Parent Functions Page. Follow each screen carefully.

      a) Update your profile to keep it curent. Also upadate each child's profile to keep it current. Make sure the grade and date of birth are correct.

      b) For each child, select the game(s) you like to access. Submit your selections. Once all selections are made, press Pay Now button. Continue until you see the payment page and pay using your credit card.

      c) After successfully completing your payment, you will receive an email confirmation stating that you have successfully registered your child.

  4. The system will prompt you to provide an userid and password for each child registered so that the child can access the game. Once paid, the registration fee is non-refundable.
  5. Renewals can be requested by the same process by clicking on Register for Game. If there are any problems with registration or game access, please send an email to nsfgame@gmail.com with detailed explanation of the problem you encountered.
  6. If the registration fee of $50 is a hardship for you, please send a detailed explanation of your hardship to nsfgame@gmail.com. You might be eligible for getting access to the game for free or at a lower price.

Can I see a demo version before I sign up?
Yes, you can see a demo version of the game on the game login page.

What do I need on my computer to use the game?
You need a good set of speakers and recent versions of Real Player & Internet Explorer. We did not test the software with other browsers like FireFox.

I can't hear the words?
Make certain that your speakers are turned on and the volume is properly set. We have done our best to get audio files for most of the words. If you have problem with a specific word, submit your feedback using Comments button. We will take your feedback and take appropriate action to improve the game.

Do I get the same words I use in Game in the contests conducted by NSF? Are all the practice words there in the game?
Most of the practice words are available in the game. Further, we have added a lot more to enhance your vocabulary. This is a learning tool to improve your English Language skills irrespective of whether you participate in the contests.


  1. Go to the home page: www.northsouth.org
  2. From the Home Page, select Youth Corner and in the dropdown, click on Online Bee Games.
  3. Enter Login id and Password
  4. You will see Games Function page. Click on Spelling.
  5. Now you will get a Menu. Select the appropriate category you want to play.
  6. After you hear the word, you can type the spelling or ask for more information (Definition, Sentence, Language Origin or Parts of Speech.)
  7. Once you type the word, click Submit Word.
  8. The result will be shown on the next screen.
  9. To move on, click Next Word or if you are done, click End Session.
Do’s and Don’ts
  • DO NOT use your browser's BACK and FORWARD buttons to navigate. You may get wrong results.
  • Your results for a session will not be saved if you attempt less than 10 words. You can always try more words (no maximum): 20, 40, 50, 100 or more!
  • To End a Game click End Session button, otherwise your results for this session will be lost. This button will appear once you spell a word. Once you finish a session, you can start another session or quit.

Problems
If you couldn’t make out a word the first time, you can click on Repeat Word, which can usually take a few seconds to replay the word. If the word is hard to hear, you can click Comments/Feedback and report the problem.


As per the old adage, "Practice makes one perfect".
English vocabulary is vast. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary boasts 450,000 words. Nobody can learn vocabulary overnight. It takes years of learning and practice. Context and parts of speech are extremely important in English. Many words are unique in the English language, and even a good synonym will not convey the same meaning. For example, even simple words like simple, lucid, elicit, corral and dormant do not possess good replacements in certain contexts. Most of the Indian Americans who were born and educated in India have limited vocabulary, because English is not their native language. Naturally, it is extremely hard for them to improve the vocabulary of their children. Thus special effort is required on the part of their children to overcome this limitation.

Practice words are accessible on the site. To learn them, you have to consult a dictionary. Further, in order to test your vocabulary skill, you have to recite the meaning to yourself and compare to the one in the dictionary. Most parents print the words and ask their children to practice. While many children find it exciting initially, they pretty soon find it laborious and monotonous. Many continue to practice them grudgingly under pressure from their parents.

To overcome this barrier, North South Foundation has developed an Online Vocabulary Game to improve English vocabulary skills of children of the Indian American community. This is an interactive game providing a challenging and rewarding experience. The objective is to make it a fun in learning.

The game has the following unique features:
  1. It emulates the actual vocabulary contest environment: computer gives you a word along with multiple meanings; you are asked to choose the one that is closest in meaning.
  2. It allows you to choose words among three categories ranging from beginners to advanced.
  3. Words are given randomly so that you don’t get the same sequence of words in each session. This will eliminate monotony and boredom.
  4. ) As you learn words, the computer will suppress them so that you will not be annoyed with the words you already know.
  5. YYou will see your scores and the improvement you make over time. As a result, you will gain more confidence in your own capabilities. .


  1. Go to the home page: www.northsouth.org
  2. From the Home Page, select Youth Corner and in the dropdown, click on Online Bee Games.
  3. Enter Login id and Password
  4. You will see Games Function page. Click on Vocabulary.
  5. Now you will get a Menu. Select the appropriate category you want to play.
  6. You will get a word and a number of choices. You need to check the one choice that has the closest fit to the word given
  7. Once you make your choice, click Submit Word.
  8. The result will be shown on the next screen. You will also see the meaning of the word. It is a good practice to study the meaning and make up a sentence in your own words to solidify your understanding of the meaning.
  9. To move on, click Next Word or if you are done, click End Session.
Do’s and Don’ts
  • DO NOT use your browser's BACK and FORWARD buttons to navigate. You may get wrong results.
  • Your results for a session will not be saved if you attempt less than 10 words. You can always try more words (no maximum): 20, 40, 50, 100 or more!
  • To End a Game click End Session button, otherwise your results for this session will be lost. This button will appear once you spell a word. Once you finish a session, you can start another session or quit.

Problems
If you couldn’t make out a word the first time, you can click on Repeat Word, which can usually take a few seconds to replay the word. If the word is hard to hear, you can click Comments/Feedback and report the problem.

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