Spell Check – American or Indian?

nNaEPkqDo you follow the British English spelling or the American one?

My granddaughter, aged about six years entered the Spelling Bee contest in her school.

My daughter trained her at home. She taught her to spell a list of possible words that might be asked of a first standard student.

When they were learning words like ‘neighbour, honour and colour” my daughter told her child that the Americans spelt these words differently, while in India we followed the British English spelling.

At the completion my grand-daughter got one word wrong and that word was, “PARLIAMENT.”

When the answer sheets were handed back to the competitors, my disappointed grand-daughter said sadly: “Mama, they have spelt the word Parliament differently. They have spelt it as Parli -A –ment.”

Pointing to the saree clad judges she said thoughtfully:

“Mama, I think the judges are all Americans!”

Story by Tara.  Written By : Gulsum Basheer @ talkalittledo

Photo Credit: http://www.rgbfreestock.com

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3 Responses to Spell Check – American or Indian?

  1. Mala says:

    This has been my dilemma for the last 20 years. I was born and raised in India and then moved to the US 20 years back. I cannot get myself to drop the “u” in neighbour and colour.

  2. English being a phonic language, it’s always a challenge to master spelling in the beginning, But smart kids take it in their stride and manage it.

  3. TBM says:

    Ah, that’s cute. I was never a good speller and now that I’m an American in London, things are getting more difficult.

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