Friday, November 16, 2007

Give Free Rice to the Poor

Let's be happy. Let's digress from brooding over losing Google Page Rank and things of that sort (like I'm a victim from PR3 to PR0) and happily concentrate on doing some charity by playing the FreeRice game.

The interesting game has two aims:
1) Provide English vocabulary to everyone for free
2) Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free through the UN.

This is made possible by the sponsors who advertise on the FreeRice site.

Whether you're a rich high-flying executive or a poor deprived child in a remote Third World country, by improving your vocabulary you open new doors in your life.

More important is the investment your donated rice makes in hungry humans, enabling them to be alive and productive. Somewhere out there in the world, someone is eating rice that you helped provide. Thank you.

After playing FreeRice for a couple of days, you will find that you're using new and more effective words to think, speak and write, which you have not thought of before.

FreeRice has a database of words of varying levels of difficulty, suitable for people first learning English and also those that will challenge scholarly professors. There are also varying levels in-between.

FreeRice automatically adjusts to your level of vocabulary. To start off, it will give you words of varying difficulty, and then based on how you perform, assigns you an approximate starting level. As you go along, you will determine a more exact level.

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 will keep you at the outer fringe of your vocabulary, where learning can take place.

The instructions say there are 50 levels in all, but it is rare for people to get above level 48. Personally, for a start, I can get up to level 38 no problem without a dictionary, donating about 300 grams of rice. You can also use a dictionary but the tricky answers make you not always right.

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