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November 8th, 2007 by Dave · 5 Comments

FreeRice is a new website that combines vocabulary learning and hunger relief. It is a neverending vocabulary quiz. For each word you get right, 10 grains of rice are donated through the U.N. to hungry people. The number of grains donated was 830 on the first day (October 7) and was 73,566,480 yesterday.

Update: “An internet word game has generated enough rice to feed 50,000 people for one day, the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) has said.” (article)

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.

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.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 shanie // Nov 10, 2007 at 1:37 am

    1 word 10 grains, 5 words 50 grains, I got 10 grains today on freerice. pretty cool site!

  • 2 shanie // Nov 10, 2007 at 1:42 am

    Will try harder of learning vocabulary.

  • 3 shanie // Nov 10, 2007 at 1:49 am

    God, I just got the meaning of the freerice!!! utterly will get more pepole to there to make more donate for the hunger place!!!!

  • 4 shanie // Nov 10, 2007 at 2:55 am

    I donate another 100 grains of rice :DD

  • 5 Dave // Nov 10, 2007 at 7:27 am

    That’s great!

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