Are ten-year-olds everywhere tormented with spelling tests?
January 16, 2012 7:58 PM Subscribe
Do spelling bees or tests exist in languages other than English?
posted by catesbie to society & culture (19 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
A two-part question about language. Firstly: do spelling bees (or spelling tests) exist in non-English languages? I'm thinking it's probably fairly pointless in a really phonetic language - but are there languages besides English where being able to spell correctly is enough of a skill to be worth testing?
Anyway, thinking about this has also got me to a second question: if spelling isn't much of a challenge, do other languages have public competitions similar to spelling bees that test kids' understanding of something that IS a complicated part of their language? Verb-conjugation bees? Noun-declension bees? Distinguish-the-meaning-of-these-otherwise-identical-tonal-words bees?