The youngest contestant to participate in this year’s National Spelling Bee was Akash Vukoti, a 6 year old Texan who made it to round 3 of the competition. In this video from Vox, Vukoti explains what contestants are allowed to ask — alternate pronunciation, language of origin, definition, part of speech, hearing the word used in a sentence, and for the word to be pronounced again — in order to help them decode how the word might be spelled.

He also spells his favorite word and the longest word in a major dictionary: pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanocon­iosis.

Related reading: A viewer’s guide to the 2016 National Spelling Bee.

Next, TED Ed’s Making Sense of Spelling and the UK’s longest place name: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.

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