Freerice is a non-profit website that is owned by and supports the United Nations World Food Programme. Freerice was founded in October 2007 by John Breen. In March 2009 Mr. Breen donated the site to the UN World Food Programme. In making the donation, Mr. Breen expressed his hopes that Freerice will be able to grow over the coming years, helping to feed and educate as many people as possible throughout the world.
Freerice has two goals:
1. Provide education to everyone for free.
2. 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.
Perhaps even greater is the investment your donated rice makes in hungry human beings, enabling them to function and be productive. Somewhere in the world, a person is eating rice that you helped provide.
In the middle of the Freerice Home page you will see something like:
To play the game, click on one of the four definitions ("little", "old", "big" or "yellow") that you think is correct. If you get it right, Freerice donates 10 grains of rice to help end hunger. In the example above, you would want to click on "little", which means "small". When you select the correct answer, you earn 10 grains of rice - your donation is automatically counted without any further action required on your part. You will then get a chance to play another question in the same way. You can play as long as you like and donate as much rice as you like. To track the rice that you earn and to join/create groups, please sign up.
Freerice has a custom database containing questions at varying levels of difficulty. There are levels appropriate for beginners and levels that will challenge the most scholarly professors. In between are levels suitable for students of all ages, business people, homemakers, doctors, truck drivers, retired people. everyone!
Freerice automatically adjusts to your level. It starts by giving you questions of increasing 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 question wrong, you go to an easier level. When you get three questions in a row right, you progress to a harder level.
Learning new vocabulary has tremendous benefits. It can help you:
- Better formulate your ideas;
- Write more effective papers, emails and business letters;
- Speak more precisely and persuasively;
- Comprehend more of what you read;
- Read faster because your comprehension improves;
- Get higher grades in high school, college and graduate school;
- Increase your scores on tests like the SAT, GRE, LSAT and GMAT;
- Improve your performance at job interviews and conferences;
- Sell yourself, your services, and your products more effectively;
- Be more successful in your job.
After you have played Freerice for a while, you may notice a strange phenomenon. Words that you have never consciously used before will begin to pop into your head while you are speaking or writing.
But if you get tired of vocabulary, click on the Subjects link near the top right of the page to see a list of all subjects available at Freerice. There is math, science, geography, art history, foreign languages and more. The goal is to provide knowledge that is useful and interesting for you.
PLAY AND FEED HUNGRY PEOPLE!