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Why so many British can't spell ?


Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163  
14 Jan 2008 /  #1
They usually don't know any foreign languages, so couldn't they at least learn their own... ? Any comments ? Are they just stupid or that's something else ?
osiol 55 | 3,922  
14 Jan 2008 /  #2
The English spelling system is amongst the silliest in the world.
I make a few spelling mistakes occasionally. I usually spot them and put them right. That's usually a result of typing too fast.

As for other people, some people have genuine problems with spelling - my brother, for example, has very bad spelling and always has. That is a form of dyslexia, which occurs more amongst English speakers than speakers of languages with a more phonetic orthography. I have met one or two 'dyslexics' whom I wouldn't categorise with my brother, who is, believe it or not, possibly more intelligent than me.

Some just never bothered to learn to spell properly when they were at school and somehow still get away with it later in life. Some people are just plain stupid.

It's not just spelling - punctuation seems to cause even more problems.

i blame poal's

I just added that for a bit of fun.

By the way, Irish Gaelic seems to have quite a silly spelling system, and don't get me started on French!
telefonitika  
14 Jan 2008 /  #3
They usually don't know any foreign languages,

Schools in the UK start teaching French (Modern Secondary language) at the age of 8/9 which is Years 4-6 dependant on the primary school attending .... this language continues being taught in secondary school until the child leaves at 16

At Year 9 which is when a child is 13 years old they have the option to take on a further language subject usually Spanish or German and study this for the next three years until leave school

Other languages are taught in selected schools like Latin, Polish, Italian etc etc but primarily these are studied at evening classes at a local college that is running them due to demand ....

... In what way do the British not know how to spell ??

Each Region of the country has its own dialect and its own language if you like and thus spellings and written english differs based on the geographical location :)

You will only find the QUEENS ENGLISH spoken or written near the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk or anyone associated to the Queen ... for anyone to believe the Queens english is what the rest of the country speaks is utter ridiculous :D
AvJoeUK  
14 Jan 2008 /  #4
I try lol bt its quit ard cus ppl fink dat tlking lyk dis iz cool l8ly, I duno y cuz I fink dat itz mch quiker.
osiol 55 | 3,922  
14 Jan 2008 /  #5
this language continues being taught

this language continues to be taught
Sorry.

They took me out of French lessons for being naughty, so I had to sit in the library with two of my mates instead.
telefonitika  
14 Jan 2008 /  #6
AvJoeUK

Yeah namely my 12 year old niece ... 15 year old brother and 16 year old sister lmao
OP Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163  
14 Jan 2008 /  #7
This is BW on PF day 2 If somebody didn't know...
Shawn_H  
14 Jan 2008 /  #8
BW

Bubbawoo?
Brit Wars?
Bloody Wankers?
Big Willies?
Being Wascally?
Boisterous Wenches?

Sorry I missed Day 1...
isthatu 3 | 1,164  
14 Jan 2008 /  #9
This is BW on PF day 2 If somebody didn't know...

We need a week? Is this to get over our infey..infairyo...enferitry...infrreeorirty...our complex's?

They usually don't know any foreign languages,

Rubbish. Parle francies G'? panjemajo russe? Habla Espanol? We just dont all bang on about how smart we are.
AvJoeUK  
14 Jan 2008 /  #10
We need a week? Is this to get over our infey..infairyo...enferitry...infrreeorirty...our complex's?

Eh Eh Eh!
osiol 55 | 3,922  
14 Jan 2008 /  #11
Grzegorz, do you fancy a cup of milky tea?
isthatu 3 | 1,164  
14 Jan 2008 /  #12
Its a wonderous thing but no one has brought up that story from todays metro about Poles scoring 15.2 out of 25 on a Test of Britishness and Brits scoring 14.6 .........
scarbyirp  
14 Jan 2008 /  #13
Polish are the new British.
AvJoeUK  
14 Jan 2008 /  #14
Its a wonderous thing but no one has brought up that story from todays metro about Poles scoring 15.2 out of 25 on a Test of Britishness and Brits scoring 14.6

Do you know what the test consists of or where to find it?
osiol 55 | 3,922  
14 Jan 2008 /  #15
They usually don't know any foreign languages

What's a foreign language? Is it something like Yank?

Polish are the new British.

milky tea?

I prefer coffee. Sometimes black. Never instant.
But my flatmate seems to have been converted to drinking the dreaded milky tea.
But he is one of the few amongst the many.
I also feel like one of the few. Almost unique.
miranda  
14 Jan 2008 /  #16
G - do you have any statistics avaliable?

Ho, ho, ho..........
osiol 55 | 3,922  
14 Jan 2008 /  #17
BW on PF

I'm giving my poncho a shake-down ready for Mexican fortnight. Can't wait!
Krzysztof 2 | 973  
14 Jan 2008 /  #18
G - do you have any statistics avaliable?Ho, ho, ho..........

Exactly, miranda.
Grzegorz_, can you prove it? Or is it just another piece of garbage you read in the Anglophobic press?

that gives me an idea for a game, everyone changes his forum persona for a day and tries to post in the way someone else does (prove it, Puzzler :)
JustysiaS 13 | 2,240  
14 Jan 2008 /  #19
i suppose it is a bit tricky because the words "look" different than they sound. but then im not a native English speaker and my English spelling is pretty darn good. better than many English people's i know. so im not sure how you Brits can explain yourselves? :P
scarbyirp  
14 Jan 2008 /  #20
Do you know what the test consists of or where to find it?

Where's no immagination, when you need him?
telefonitika  
14 Jan 2008 /  #21
I prefer coffee. Sometimes black. Never instant.

and do you add vodka to it?
Shawn_H  
14 Jan 2008 /  #22
See, the Poles are the smart ones... The answers were written on the bottom of the page! They Saw the answers!


  • Citizenship Test
osiol 55 | 3,922  
14 Jan 2008 /  #23
my English spelling is pretty darn good. better than many English people's

True.

Where's no immagination, when you need him?

There are too many Glasgow gutters to list here.

I want to get a dog and call him (or her) Ough.
scarbyirp  
14 Jan 2008 /  #24
There are too many Glasgow gutters to list here

I didn't think Rangers were playing tonight. Maybe he is recovering in hospital after getting stabbed by someone wearing camouflage trousers who was sleeping in a toilet?
PolskaDoll 28 | 2,105  
14 Jan 2008 /  #25
Here you go, try this

bbc.co.uk/testthenation/english - English Language Test
Frank 23 | 1,183  
14 Jan 2008 /  #26
Why so many British can't spell ?

trolling again Greg..aaawwwwwwwwww
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
14 Jan 2008 /  #27
so im not sure how you Brits can explain yourselves? :P

you probably spent a lot longer studying english than the average brit
miranda  
14 Jan 2008 /  #28
that gives me an idea for a game, everyone changes his forum persona for a day and tries to post in the way someone else does

I am in.
osiol 55 | 3,922  
14 Jan 2008 /  #29
you probably spent a lot longer studying english than the average brit

good observation, e e cummings
JustysiaS 13 | 2,240  
14 Jan 2008 /  #30
you probably spent a lot longer studying english than the average brit

suppose we studied more grammar and stuff, but spelling - not so much tbh. i was always the brightest cookie in my class anyway :P

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