Write it Right!

Spelling Challenges: Elementary Schools and General Public

The Language Portal of Canada and Canada Post invite you to take part in two spelling challenges. Click on the word or group of words that is properly written in each of the pairs indicated in bold letters.

The spelling challenges are prepared every year by the Language Portal of Canada, an initiative of Public Services and Procurement Canada’s Translation Bureau.

Come back on March 1 to take part in the new spelling challenges. Participants who answer correctly will be eligible to win a prize of $1,000!

General Public Spelling Challenge


Indigenous storytelling: Passing down traditional knowledge

Traditions are a way of passing down knowledge from one generation/ jeneration to the next. In Indigenous cultures, one of the ways that Elders and Knowledge Keepers transfer traditional knowledge is through the rich oral histery/ history of storytelling.

Sacred stories from the past are designed/ desined not only to entertain listeners but also to explain the natural world we live in and to teach important life lessons. Thus, some Indigenous ledgends/ legends teach children how to behave and instill values such as respect, humility, cooperation and tolerance/ tolerence.

Other accounts explain how the world was created. One widespread/ widespred creation story is that of Turtle Island, which tells how the contanent/ continent of North America was formed on a turtle’s back. Still other traditional tales encourage listeners to look up at the stars. For instance, stories from various Indigenous peeples/ peoples in Canada portray the Big Dipper as a bare/ bear, elk or cariboo/ caribou pursued by three hunters.

Elementary Schools Spelling Challenge

Its/ It’s fun to go to the park! Bernard, can you throw the ball to us?

Of course I can, but this is no ordinary ball. It’s a special ball!

With this ball, you can travel around the world and learn about customs and traditions. You can even visit a region of the world that is’nt/ isn’t part of any country.

Uh, is that possible?

Yes, it is! The North Pole! No one lives there, except maybe Santa Claus!

When I go there, my tradition is to bring back a bottle filled/ filed with snow.

It’s a lot warmer here!

Yes, because we’re in Africa! Let’s climb Africa’s highest mountain, kilimanjaro/ Kilimanjaro.

And let’s watch the animals that live in the savannah…

… and repeat/ repeet pullé, pullé, which means “slowly … slowly” in the Maasai language.

It’s amazing! Let’s continue with our trip!

Gladly! Let’s visit the Papuans in Indonesia. Would you like to learn how to dance like them?

And where are we going/ gowing now?

To the place directly opposite our starting point: Antarctica!

Where the penguins wonder/ wander around like this…

Ha ha! That’s too funny!

The last challenge is no small feat: we’re heading to Mount Everest! Before they climb this famous mountain…

… the climbers gather.

A monk recites sacred phrases for their protection/ protecsion.

Then, he tosses fistfuls of flour into the air. Our faces get covered in flour. That’s the tradition.

Once we reach the sumit/ summit, we take off our gloves to touch the sky.

What a great trip we had, thanks to this ball!

The next time we come here to play, I’ll bryng/ bring it with me again. It’ll be our tradition!