Dictionary.com iPhone App Tests Your Spelling Skills
Article by George Norman
On 30 Apr 2009
Earlier this month we were reporting that Dictionary.com issued a free iPhone app that lets you look up definitions and synonyms to words you are not quite sure what they mean (details here); that iPhone app may come in handy from time to time, but it is not exactly what you would call fun. Well, dictionary.com has now released a new iPhone app that is fun – Miss Spell’s Class.

“Miss Spell’s Class is an original word game that lets players test their spelling skills against the most commonly misspelled words on Dictionary.com. Players must quickly decide whether each of 20 words is spelled correctly or incorrectly, as speed and accuracy count to get to the top of the class!” says the official description of this $0.99 iPhone app.

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The purpose of this educational game app is a simple one: you are provided with a list of misspelled words and you must provide the accurate spelling; for each mistake you will receive a 10 second penalty. Some words are indeed misspelled, while others are spelled correctly – but do you have the skills to quickly realize which is which? Getting it wrong and receiving a time penalty will result in you getting a lower grade in Miss Spell’s Class (the pun was intentional).

There are a few downsides. First of all Miss Spell Class costs money, which is strange since the Dictionary.com iPhone app comes free of charge. Then there is the fact that you are not provided with definitions (and perhaps a pronunciation guide) to the words you get wrong - you are presented with the correct spelling only. There are no different skill levels, nor are there different play modes and different skins – but we are trespassing into wish list territory, so we’ll leave it at that. On the upside, the game comes with 10,000 words and the option to save highscores.

I have to say that Miss Spell’s Class is quite amusing, it is the kind of game that you believe you will have no problems acing, but moments later your find yourself marveling at how you managed to get thing’s wrong (damn you AutoCorrect feature).

If you would like to get Miss Spell’s Class, an iTunes download location is available here.





Tags: Apple, iPhone, Dictionary.com, Miss Spell’s Class
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