When I was in school, we were always taught that spelling was one of the most important language skills. As a youngster, I had a spelling quiz almost every day and our school had monthly "spelling bees" where the best speller would get a small prize. However, I recently received an email (text below) suggesting that, in fact, spelling is not all that important in terms of communicating. What do you think? Is spelling thought of as important in your educational system? Do you think that spelling an over-rated skill in your country? If the paragraph below were translated and "reworked" in your language, could native speakers still read it? Cna yuo raed tihs? i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!