You may have noticed that even with the good locales and the Gnome interface being all translated in your language, the spell checker utility included in various software (Gedit, Pidgin, Bluefish, etc) only supports english. Here is how to add languages to this spell checker - orthograph utility.
The spell checker utility is aspell. More precisely, software as Gedit depends on libenchant1c2a (Enchant unifies spell checking software in Linux), which depends on libaspell15, wich depends on aspell. For other software as Pidgin, there is another level of abstraction : they use the libgtkspell0 library, which depends on libenchant1c2a, etc.
To add new languages and dictionnaries for spell checking, just use your favorite package manager (as Synaptic or apt-get) to install the package aspell-yourlanguage. Example :
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sudo apt-get install aspell-fr
Hope that can help !