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#1
Probably the most amazing thing ever created:

http://freerice.com/

How does playing the vocabulary game at FreeRice help me?

Learning new vocabulary has tremendous benefits. It can help you:
  • Formulate your ideas better
  • Write better papers, emails and business letters
  • Speak more precisely and persuasively
  • Comprehend more of what you read
  • Read faster because you comprehend better
  • Get better grades in high school, college and graduate school
  • Score higher on tests like the SAT, GRE, LSAT and GMAT
  • Perform better at job interviews and conferences
  • Sell yourself, your services, and your products better
  • Be more effective and successful at your job

After you have done FreeRice for a couple of days, you may notice an odd phenomenon. Words that you have never consciously used before will begin to pop into your head while you are speaking or writing. You will feel yourself using and knowing more words.


How does the FreeRice vocabulary program work?

FreeRice has a custom database containing thousands of words at varying degrees of difficulty. There are words appropriate for people just learning English and words that will challenge the most scholarly professors. In between are thousands of words for students, business people, homemakers, doctors, truck drivers, retired people… everyone!

FreeRice automatically adjusts to your level of vocabulary. It starts by giving you words at different levels of difficulty and then, based on how you do, assigns you an approximate starting level. You then determine a more exact level for yourself as you play. When you get a word wrong, you go to an easier level. When you get three words in a row right, you go to a harder level. This one-to-three ratio is best for keeping you at the “outer fringe” of your vocabulary, where learning can take place.

There are 50 levels in all, but it is rare for people to get above level 48.


How is the difficulty level for each word determined?

The program keeps track of how many people get each word right or wrong, and then adjusts each word’s difficulty level accordingly. So the words at the easiest levels are the ones that people most often get right. The words at the hardest levels are the ones that people most often get wrong. As more and more people have played the game, these levels have become increasingly more accurate.


Who pays for the donated rice?

The rice is paid for by the advertisers whose names you see on the bottom of your vocabulary screen. This is regular advertising for these companies, but it is also something more. Through their advertising at FreeRice, these companies support both learning (free vocabulary for everyone) and reducing hunger (free rice for the hungry). We commend these companies for their participation at FreeRice.


If FreeRice has the rice to give, why not give it all away right now?

FreeRice is not sitting on a pile of rice―you are earning it 20 grains at a time. Here is how it works. When you play the game, advertisements appear on the bottom of your screen. The money generated by these advertisements is then used to buy the rice. So by playing, you generate the money that pays for the rice donated to hungry people.


Does FreeRice make any money from this?

No, it does not. FreeRice runs the site at no profit.


Couldn’t I just write a computer program to play all day and give a lot of rice that way?

There are two problems with this. First, it overloads our servers so that real people can’t play and learn vocabulary. Second, without real people playing and buying products, it is no longer cost-effective for companies to advertise. Without advertising, we cannot give any rice at all.


Who distributes the donated rice?

The rice is distributed by the United Nations World Food Program (WFP). The World Food Program is the world’s largest food aid agency, working with over 1,000 other organizations in over 75 countries. In addition to providing food, the World Food Program helps hungry people to become self-reliant so that they escape hunger for good. Wherever possible, the World Food Program buys food locally to support local farmers and the local economy. We encourage you to visit the United Nations World Food Program to learn more about their successful approach to ending hunger.


Will the rice I donate make a difference?

The rice you donate makes a huge difference to the person who receives it. About 25,000 people die each day from hunger or hunger-related causes, most of them children. To a mother or father watching a loved child die in their arms from hunger, the rice you donate is more precious than anything in the world.


What is being done to end world hunger?

There is great progress being made to end world hunger. Many organizations across the globe are involved in this struggle. Each day, hundreds of thousands of ordinary men and women work for these organizations. Through their efforts, millions of impoverished people have food to eat, learn skills and find hope for the future.
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#4
Hehe...they're starving, and I gots me food.


On a serious note, that's a noble, epic, incredulous, stupendous cause.
Albeit a topic that Mother Teresa would post in a forum.
#5
who cares if it is old, it's nice and useful
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#6
I've donated 2000 grains of rice

EDIT: 3000 now...
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#7
I just did 3,200. Learned a lot of words.
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#8
I'm going to aim for 1000 grains a day for at least a week. I've got plenty of spare time lately and I don't think there's a better way of putting it to good cause.
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#9
I already donated 20.000 grains. I rule :P
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#13
couldn't get passed level 40
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couldn't get passed level 40



can't get past 14..


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#17
this is too easy, like even if i dont know the meaning of the word or answer i get it right...
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who cares if it is old, it's nice and useful
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#20
I've seen this thread like 4 times in the last 2 months, but I'd MUCH rather see something overposted for a good cause like this, instead of something incredibly stupid
#21
40's my best. Maybe that's the top score?
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well i get on the net and chat with hot chicks alot.
most of them want to see me naked.. and they are over 18..
#22
This thread is old BUT it is for a good cause so I've no objections of a new thread for this. Now TS, go find the thread with the links to the various websites you click once a day and it gives money to a charity. GO!
#25
This is cool. I can't get past level 30 though. I'm only 16 so screw you guys that got to 40 I'm gonna play this instead of other online games now.

Good thread

(yes you needed me to say it's a good thread)
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This is cool. I can't get past level 30 though. I'm only 16 so screw you guys that got to 40 I'm gonna play this instead of other online games now.

Good thread

(yes you needed me to say it's a good thread)


i'm on 33 and i'm 16...
#27
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i'm on 33 and i'm 16...

Fuck your couch. I never work on my vocabulary as much as i should. Oh well.
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#29
If anyone does more than i did, they get a cookie:

“Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are part of nature and therefore part of the mystery that we are trying to solve.”


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#30
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This is cool. I can't get past level 30 though. I'm only 16 so screw you guys that got to 40 I'm gonna play this instead of other online games now.

Good thread

(yes you needed me to say it's a good thread)


I got to 40 and I'm only 17
#31
I got to level 41. I donated about 1000 grains of rice too. Hungersite is better if you actually want to give people some rice, but this is more fun.
#32
woooo! 41!!!

then i ****ed it up, was sent hurtling back to 39, and gave up.


edit:

43! get in, get down.

ready to take on all challengers.
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#33
well i donated 2000 grains of rice before getting annoyed with their bastardised english. lots of the words were spelt incorrectly, or just slightly twisted. it was annoying.
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#34
I reached level 40

*stuck*
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#35
Well i did 500 grains
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#36
Mmm.

I never played it that much before. I may now.
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#38
I got t level 40, no further.

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41! Booyah!

Oh, it's on!
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