Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Play Free Rice, and feed hungry people.

This is a very cool game that helps improve your vocabulary, while reducing world hunger.

Thanks JDH!

18 comments:

LOSTbean said...

my "vocab level" was at 29 when i stopped. i guess it goes to 50. not terrific, but i am quite sure that score is better than the one i got for the "vocab" portion of any standardized test i've taken over the years. it's a wonder i can communicate with people (with any level of intelligence) at all based on previous scores. ;o)

Greybishop said...

Geez that's addictive!

I've donated 6000 grains of rice (and developed a craving for Chinese food along the way...) and am currently at vocab level 44. I had it up to 48 for a word or two, but then reality kicked in.

Between 38 and 45 is where I hover, but I'm an English-oholic...

Lady-in-Gray said...

I'm running between 38 and 42. Got tired of playing at 200 grains....

Greybishop said...

10000 grains (any idea how much that is?) at level 47...had it up to 48 a few times, but haven't managed to crack 49...
I'm hopelessly addicted.

Sawsee said...

Very impressive folks!

GB and Lady are our resident geniuses.

I had it up to 40 but 38 was about my average.

I believe this is the acceptable kind of addiction!

Greybishop said...

I'm not sure where they're culling their definitions from, and I actively disagree with a few of the "correct" answers, but overall it's very interesting. I get the greatest pleasure out of learning about language, since it really is the window to the universe for our brains. Many of the terms (animacule - a very early term for micro organisms, intifada - an arabic term and a few others) are not commonly used in English these days. Great site.

Anonymous said...

I got 50 using my computer dictionary. But I was 37-40 with a high of 44.
JDH

Sawsee said...

Here is a cool site, that explains the 'roots' of words.

http://www.espindle.org/roots.html

Greybishop said...

My buddy Victor got to 49. I'm jealous.

Sawsee said...

49! Wow! I'll have to give it another try to see if I can break 42.

I wonder if the questions are random. or do they re-set to the beginning every time?

Greybishop said...

I think they're random, but after a while you start seeing the same words pop up more than once....

Lady-in-Gray said...

I have a highly active boredom gene. I just can't stick with this long enough to get it above 42.....(sigh)

Greybishop said...

Ok, I'm still unable to get past 48, but my buddy Victor hit 50 a COUPLE of times! Grrr.

Sawsee said...

50! That is amazing! I tried again this morning and began with a 36, and then slowly recovered to a 40; along way 48 or 42!

I'll try again once I've had my coffee...

Lady-in-Gray said...

hmmm....

The competitive male gene seems to be highly active today....
:-D

Greybishop said...

Competitive? Me? Nah.

I'm more not competitive than anyone!

;o)

Lady-in-Gray said...

riiiigghhtt.....
:-D

Greybishop said...

Ha! Made 49! Then it spanked me down to 45 in four turns...

Have I mentioned that this thing is addictive?