Date published: Thu 29 Mar 2018
Author: S. Lawson
Congratulations to Whitgift Upper Fifth Former, Julian Cheng, who won Silver prize in the Nutty Tilez competition. This international contest challenges students across the globe, to an online vocabulary battle stretching across 56 hours. Sound exhausting?
Participants play against each other in an attempt to be the first in their language to reach the end of Level 50 (having initially qualified in Round 1 by getting to Level 15). Each milestone level (10, 20, 30, 40, 50) requires students to have mastered another 200 pieces of vocabulary.
Julian did very well to come second in the Spanish language competition, out of 1,652 students who took part in the UK Spanish competition, successfully getting to Level 50 within around 5 hours. He was just 1 hour 39minutes behind the winner, and 29 minutes faster than the third place candidate. Julian was awarded an Amazon voucher along with a personalised certificate.
Julian commented on his experience: “Whilst the Nutty Tilez competition significantly put my typing skills to the test, I felt that the core of my progress throughout the competition lay in the constant repetition of vocabulary that each level required. Each level started off difficultly with new words and phrases, but after having to redo each level multiple times, the vocab began to become drilled into my knowledge, allowing me to drift through word after word with confidence and speed. At many points of my strenuous, five-hour long journey through the fifty levels, I faced hardship and frustration, but I made every effort to stay relaxed and motivated. Not only has this competition given me a sense of accomplishment, but most importantly, it has helped me expand my knowledge of Spanish vocabulary which I will continue to use in my future pursuits in the language.”