Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Hungry for Words? Feed the World With Them!

FreeRice.com is a fun, addictive online vocabulary game with a wonderful change-the-world twist. For each vocabulary word that you get right (and who can resist a quick and easy online word game?!), the site -- bolstered by advertisers like Macy's, Toshiba, and Liz Claiborne -- donates 10 grains of rice to the United Nations to help end world hunger.

When the site launched just a few weeks ago on October 7th, 830 grains of rice were donated; yesterday, 26,881,930 grains of rice found their way to hungry mouths around the world. And for each grain of rice donated, someone's ability to speak and use English words correctly has improved.

(It seems to me that it's only a matter of time, assuming this is as wildly successful as I hope it will be, that new world languages are added to the site. How cool is that?!)

I love words (especially slutty ones), remember? So you can bet that I'll sneak onto the site repeatedly today, between reading Eat, Pray, Love (trust me, you simply must read this book!) and real-life responsibilities.

I made it to level 39 last time, missing the word "vaquero" (which is a cowboy). How did YOU do?

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Anonymous said...

I made it to level 40, although, to tell the truth, I guessed at a couple of words.

Goofball said...

I am fluctuating between level 18 and 21 so far .

Princess Cat's Pajamas said...

I made it up to 48 (1 question away from 49, dangit! So close!)

Hi. I'm Kitty, by the way. I'm a 23-year-old expat translation student in Switzerland. I found you through DixiePeach, and I've spent the past couple of days reading through your archives. :)

vailian said...

Thems some purty obscure words!!Well, on the first try I made it up to 50 but slid back to 47. Donated 600 grains. should be enough for a curry.

blackcrag said...

I donated 1700 grains. I made it up as far as 46, though I mostly fluctuated between 42 and 44.

I had to stop because my show, Top Chef, is on.

Goofball said...

eumm the longer I played the lower I ended. at 1000 grains I was at 12. Ooooopsie.

Oh well, more potential to improve ;).

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