Monday, August 25, 2008

Free Rice

FreeRice is a site that builds up your vocabulary while playing a game and on top of that, donates rice to the hungry and poor masses of the world for each word you play.

"FreeRice has two goals:

1. Provide English vocabulary 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 this site.

Whether you are CEO of a large corporation or a street child in a poor country, improving your vocabulary can improve your life. It is a great investment in yourself.

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."

The premise of the game is basically a vocabulary test. It displays a word and gives you a list of four possible synonyms for that word. For each word you get correctly, 20 grains of rice are donated to a charity. The words start simple but get increasingly difficult difficult the higher your "vocabulary level" is. Each word you get correct increases your vocabulary level slightly (it takes 3 correct words to get a single level) and each one you get wrong decreases your level by 1. The lowest you start out with (that is displayed) is 40, which you get after about 3 correct words. Highest I've managed to get is 47. There are 60 levels in all, but it is rare for people to get above level 50.

Play it - it's incredibly addicting and fun. And you don't have to feel guilty for playing games because you're donating food to people! It's brilliant.

Great idea for a game to get people to spend time doing "charity" and a very nicely done website : A+ interwebs, A+

(From Guy du Blag)


bluesky said...

Another great charity site is It donates money to children in need through World Vision.

Check it out at

Tom said...

Freerice is excellent! They have different subjects available now, too. I think that started just a few days ago.

A free charity word game site to try out is It's got crossword puzzle questions and it donates drinking water to communities in need.