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Kristyna Ng with Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek
A woman who learned English as a child by watching Jeopardy! has fulfilled her dream by becoming a contestant on the game show. Kristyna Ng, who moved to Canada from China when she was eight, appeared on the game show some 30 years later.Although she came in second place, she said: “I feel like I won the lottery just by being on the show.”She has watched the programme nearly every day since she was a little girl, and it was one of the things she and her husband initially bonded over.”Jeopardy! has been the soundtrack of my life,” she told the BBC.Ms Ng did well on Tuesday’s episode, trailing front-runner Danyelle Long-Hyland by just $600 (£460) before going into the Final Jeopardy, where contestants place bets on whether they get the correct answer.She said she began watching the show when she was a child and had just moved to Canada with her family. She did not speak a word of English, and watching Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune, which played back-to-back every weekday, helped her figure out some of the language’s trickier quirks, like the difference between minute (a measure of time) and minute (very small).She said Jeopardy! was especially helpful, because it helped her learn things about a wide variety of subjects, from music to sports.”It helps you build a stronger vocabulary, but it also helped me build a lot of cultural contexts and general knowledge to be not only a fully participating Canadian citizen, but also a global citizen,” she said.