Improve Your Vocabulary by Feeding the Hungry
January 2, 2008
As bloggers, we should be constantly trying to improve the quality of our writing so that our grammar, spelling, and overall English are better. But to have truly great and impressive articles that stand out, we have to have a fantastic vocabulary as well. Without knowing a vast amount of words, our posts will turn out being quite bland.
But improving your vocabulary doesn’t have to be a boring task. In fact, it has been made into a game – and one that actually helps feed the hungry – for free. I’ve been using FreeRice.com for a couple of weeks now, and this isn’t a sponsored post. I would really like to get the word out about this site, because it’s great for everybody.
FreeRice is a nonprofit organization, a site that donates 20 grains of rice for every vocabulary word you define correctly. This is made possible by their sponsors, who pay for the rice when their ads show on the page.
Once you guess three words correctly, you move up a level. If you get a word wrong, you go down a level. There are 50 levels in all, but most people do not pass level 48. FreeRice has a system that quickly learns what kind of words you know and which ones you don’t; it stays right on the outer fringe of your vocabulary, so you’ll always be learning new words.
FreeRice is not only extremely fun to play, but you’re learning new words at the same time. I use it on a daily basis, and I’ve already found that throughout the day words pop into my mind that I didn’t know before – I’ve actually learned quite a bit. And the very best thing of all is, while having fun and learning, you’re actually helping to feed the hungry. FreeRice is a site I’m going to be using for a long time.