Beware! This game can become addictive!
As a lover of languages, of words and their many meanings, an ESL teacher, and as a world citizen who would like to help others more, I found this idea fascinating. It’s a fun idea that can help you (or your students, or your kids) and help others at the same time. How? Play this game to help feed the poor and improve your vocabulary, and thereby your education, at the same time. People around the world can play, and people around the world are benefitting.
If this word appears while you’re on FreeRice.com, you’ve answered a question correctly and also donated 10 grains of rice to a hungry person somewhere in the world.
With FreeRice, you can enrich your vocabulary while fighting world hunger, so killing two birds with one stone. You can also hear the word pronounced by clicking on the speaker symbol to the right of the word.
FreeRice is a non-profit website run by the UN World Food Program. The ingenious idea behind FreeRice came from John Breen in October 2007 as he was trying to help his son study for the SAT, a college entrance exam in USA. A computer programmer, Breen developed a computer-based multiple-choice quiz to help his son build vocabulary. The quiz is designed to adjust to the user’s vocabulary level so that questions are challenging yet not too difficult.
Breen, also passionate about ending world hunger, soon realized that putting the quiz online could aid this important cause, and he donated the game to the UN in March 2009.
FreeRice has two goals: to provide education to everyone for free, and to help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free. This is made possible by the generosity of the sponsors who advertise on the site.
FreeRice donates 10 grains to the U.N. World Food Program for every correct answer. The program has extended over the years and now you can also answer other types of questions in other categories: Math; Geography; Art; Chemistry; and Language Learning that covers English Grammar, German, Spanish, French, and Italian.
To date, over 90 billion grains, or about 3 million kg. of rice have been donated, to many countries, for example, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Uganda, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmur. Refugees in many countries have also been helped.
The World Food Program executive director once stated: “Every grain of rice is essential in the fight against hunger.” So…Your correct answer and those 10 grains of rice DO make a difference.
The site also offers updated news, and has a blog you can subscribe to.
Give it a try!