English is an adaptive language, having (by some counts) no less than 1,000,000 separate words! But having that much flexibility comes at a price: spelling is a mess! Just when you think you've got a handle on some simple rules of thumb, English insists on throwing a curveball exception (or five!) at you. The fact is that the best way to learn the language is not through rule following, but by jumping into the deep end of the pool: full immersion! You need to read voraciously: books, newspapers, articles, blogs, anything you can get your hands on! By making reading a constant habit, you will gradually gain a mastery of English spelling and vocabulary, and picking up new words will become second nature to you.
....at least, until this quiz! Because, you see, once you get into the spelling of words with distinct foreign origins, all bets are off. They need to be painstakingly learned on an a la carte basis, one at a time if one is ever to hope to become truly adroit. But that's no news to you; you're a person of the world, and these country names roll right off of your tongue onto the page, perfect and pristine. Right? Prove it! We've gathered here a vast array of place names, see if you can match your skill against some of the toughest spelling challenges around!