Build vocabulary and feed the world!

A friend pointed me to FreeRice, a site that donates 20 grains of rice to the UN for every vocabulary analogy you get right. Maybe the ETS (of SAT and GRE fame) should team up with these folks! In the meantime, you can study for your standardized exams and feel warm and fuzzy for your efforts. Or if you’re like me, you’ll get hungry and need to go fix yourself a bowl of rice.

Neat twist: The site doesn’t just run you through a gamut of random words; instead, it adapts to your progress by ratcheting up the difficulty until you start getting words wrong. As a result, I learned several new words today (it shows you the correct answer when you get them wrong):

  • captious: hypercritical (a lucky guess)
  • bunco: swindle (another lucky guess)
  • rodomontade: bluster (what, again?)
  • icteric: jaundiced (missed that one)
  • aperient: laxative (ugh!)

  • .. and so on. Go try it out yourself! Enjoy!

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    1. LearningNerd said,

      December 3, 2007 at 6:35 pm

      (Learned something new!)

      That’s such a great combination of nerdiness and philanthropy! Thanks for sharing this link.

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