Do you think you have what it takes to out-spell them all? People love spelling bees and contests of all kinds because they test a unique sort of mental power. It's always interesting to see who can spell like a champion under pressure and who will crack open and be unable to take the heat! The English language is unique, which can make learning all of its tricks a real challenge. There are a lot of rules to remember, but many of these rules have a ton of exceptions. It can be hard to master something which barely follows its own set of rules.
English is also tricky for another reason. Many languages are phonetic or close to it, meaning that once you know their rules, most words sound roughly how they are spelled, which makes spelling far easier. Many languages, such as French and Spanish, also use different accents to indicate how vowels are stressed and how certain consonants are pronounced. English has none of that to help spellers. English words do not always sound like they look, and English does not make use of accents.
If you think that you are a master speller ready to take English on, put your skills to the test with this quiz!
"Musician" is the word "music" with the suffix -ian attached. It is considered a junior high school level spelling word.
December is the 12th month of the year. In the English language, months are always capitalized.
"Century" is a noun. This is considered a 5th-grade level word.
Many European nations use the euro. These include Germany, France and Italy.
This word is easy when you break it apart. Col+league=colleague.
"Sarcastic" is the correct spelling. This word has its origins in Greek.
Obedient is an adjective. It means submissive or willing to comply with requests.
Many English words have silent letters in them. The T in mortgage is silent.
There are two solstices a year. These occur when the sun crosses the plane of the earth's equator.
"Mysterious" is easy to remember how to spell when you break it down. You take "mystery," drop the Y and add "ious."
"Gauche" is an adjective. It describes something or someone that lacks social grace and finesse.
To be "incognito" means that your identity is hidden. This word makes use of both the long and short I sounds.
A chromosome is a thread-like strand of DNA which contains genes. All living things have them.
"Cinema" is spelled correctly. This is considered an 8th-grade level spelling word.
"Nervous" is the proper spelling of the word. It is considered a 7th-grade level spelling word.
"Biography" is spelled correctly. This is considered a junior high school level spelling word.
This word is only the word "obvious" with the addition of the common suffix "-ly" on the end. It is an adverb.
"Catastrophe" is a synonym of "disaster." It is considered an 8th-grade level spelling word.
You might hear "kernel," but it's spelled "colonel." Spelling is fun!
Favorite can be used as an adjective, noun or verb. It is considered a 7th-grade level spelling word.
Technology may be controversial and constantly evolving, but there is only one correct way to spell it. Remember "techno+logy."
"Advice" is considered a junior high school level spelling word. It's just "ad+vice."
"Interrupt" is a verb. It is considered a junior high school level spelling word.
This is a common adjective. Its root word is "religion."
This noun is considered a fifth-grade level word. "Journal" is the correct spelling.
"Chaotic" is an adjective. This is considered a 9th-grade level spelling word.
"Insurance" is a noun. This is considered a 9th-grade level spelling word.
"Persuasive" is the correct spelling. This word has its roots in medieval Latin.
"Umbrella" is spelled correctly. This word has its roots in the Latin word "umbra."
The number of vowels in this word can make it tricky, but splitting it up makes it easy to remember. It's just "im+migrate."