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  • What I said before

giving…doing… learning…

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Ha it all works together…there is a place that you can go to where you can learn (expand your vocabulary, show what big words you know) and not be in competition with anyone but yourself…and earn grains of rice that are then donated to those in need…”for each word you get right, we donate 20 grains of rice through the UN World Food program to help end world hunger…hmmm helping others doing something good for you with little or no effort on your part…HUH why wouldn’t you. You can’t be that lazy….

“171,434,440 grains of rice donated yesterday”

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

so where…where can you do all this…

FREE RICE

and a few more words about the program… from NPR

John Breen, a computer programmer, developed the Internet game FreeRice.com to teach vocabulary and help fight hunger.FreeRice.com is quickly becoming all the rage for school children as well as immigrants learning English.

Breen said the idea came to him one day in his kitchen in Indiana. He was sitting with his two teenage sons, preparing the older for the SAT.

“The younger one made a mockery of the situation. He kept saying, ‘he doesn’t know this word, he doesn’t know that word,'” Breen said. “So I decided to do something on the computer to help my son learn vocabulary words.”

What Breen came up with was a word game that he thought others might like to play on the Internet. He was already operating the Web site Poverty.com to inform people about hunger. So, he merged the two, and FreeRice.com was born.

Here’s how it works: Contestants are offered four definitions for a word; by clicking on the right definition, a donation of 20 grains of rice is made to the U.N. World Food Programme. The U.N. distributes the rice worldwide.

English teacher Michael Hughes puts the Web site up on a large interactive screen and uses the game to warm up his classes at Alice Deal Middle School in Washington, D.C.

Hughes’ class raised 280 grains of Rice during a short session.

While that’s hardly enough for a daily ration for a starving child abroad, it still adds up, said World Food Programme spokeswoman Jennifer Parmelee.

“FreeRice.com is up to more than 8.2 billion grains of rice, which is one heck of a lot of rice and more than enough to feed 325,000 people for the day,” Parmelee said.

The Web site earns money from advertising and gives cash to the Word Food Programme. Some $100,000 has already gone to buy rice to feed survivors of a recent cyclone in Bangladesh.

Parmelee said the Web site offers a greater gift – the gift of awareness about world hunger. In just two months, FreeRice.com has driven the most Internet traffic to the World Food Programme site.

“We are all kind of dazzled by the power of a great idea — an idea that seemed to have come completely out of left field,” she said.

Breen said he has hired a dictionary company to put some more words in the game, which adjusts as you are playing to different levels from zero to 50.

“I myself can’t get much above level 45, and it is rare to get above level 48. But there are some people who cruise right up to level 50. So for them we are going to add some super, really ultra, tough words,” Breen said.

And, he said, his son’s vocabulary “has improved markedly.”

Breen said e-mails are coming in from around the world from people trying to learn English to teachers and college students. He wants them to take away something more than just a few new words.

NOW GET OUTTA HERE AND GO LEARN AND HELP FIGHT HUNGER

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One Response

  1. I love that site. I was really addicted for awhile and have it linked on my sidebar. Thanks for reminding me!

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