When Akash Vukoti was about 1½ years old, he reportedly spelled his first word, “spoon,” after his uncle handed him the utensil. Today, the 6-year-old Texan is a pint-sized prodigy who most recently competed in the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Akash was the event’s youngest contestant, and made it to the competition’s third round. He didn’t end up winning, but his talent caught the attention of Vox, who recently interviewed Akash about what it’s like to compete in the prestigious annual contest.

Akash explains how participants spell particularly tricky words, and for good measure, he also spells the longest word in a major dictionary: pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanocon­iosis. Watch the wunderkind show off his skills in the video above, and while you're at it, take some time to learn a thing or two about the English language.

[h/t The Kid Should See This]

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