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FreeRice is a nonprofit website with two goals. One of these goals is shared with Duolingo: provide free language learning to anyone. Its larger goal is to earn rice to distribute among the hungry people of the world through the United Nations World Food Programme.

How does it work? FreeRice earns the money to purchase the rice through its ads (so should you choose to join the site, you should disable your adblocker if you have one). Its learning system is similar to that of a basic trivia game. It will provide you with a question and a set of answers to choose from (i.e., it may give you "el pared" and you must select the correct English definition for the word). If you get the answer correct, you will have earned 10 grains of rice. If you get it wrong, it will show you the right answer and the same question will pop up again a little later for you to try again. As you get more questions right in a row, you earn more and more rice and ascend through its set of 10 levels. If you start getting answers wrong, you'll descend back through the levels.

FreeRice will keep track of the total amount of rice you've earned since joining. On your profile, it will even graph the differences of the amounts of rice you've earned over time (i.e., it will show you that you earned more in January than September, etc.), as well as whether the members you've followed are online and how much rice you've earned for a particular group.

Groups are pretty much exactly what it says on the tin. You can create them and name them or join them. It's a few or more members working together to earn rice for their group. You can select a group before playing to earn rice, and all the rice you earn will count for the selected group (as well as count for your overall total of all the rice you've ever earned).

I believe that FreeRice is a perfect way to use what you've learned on Duolingo to make a difference. To join FreeRice, go to www.freerice.com. To join my Duolingo group, go to http://freerice.com/content-group/duolingos-earners-while-learners.

If you have any questions at all, check out FreeRice's FAQ page, or just include them in a comment below and I'll try to help you. You can also click the links below to learn more about the site. Thank you for reading!~


Witness rice earned by the site being distributed to hungry people in Bangladesh: http://www.wfp.org/videos/freerice-reaches-bangladesh

A WFP article about FreeRice and its benefits: http://www.wfp.org/content/freerice-web-phenomenon-games-new-school-term

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/IvoryLizzy1

Wow, I forgot all about that website!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Devokan
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Same here. I like the concept, if they're doing what they say. I have a problem with ads though...no, it's not just that they're a nuisance and an attention thief, but they're also privacy and security hazards. Not the least of these hazards are infected ad servers spewing malware. So far I'm just seeing a WFP banner, though.

2 years ago

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I suspect malicious ads are blocked by my security program (Avira).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Devokan
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I also use Avira, it's one of the better anti-virus programs. That being said, AVs don't catch everything and shouldn't be relied on as the only defense, not with all the garbage floating around. If you have time, do a search on malvertising and malvertisement. Often times you don't even have to click on the ads to become infected; viewing them is enough.

I mean, I feel bad for the sites that rely on advertising to survive, but I clean up enough infected PCs. I'm not doing that when I get home too.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_-C1-_
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You have a great job, then! I don't think it's all I have. It's my dad who keeps my computer safe by downloading antivirus programs, so I'm sure that he would know. I do get popups from other antivirus programs sometimes.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cswrawr
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I love this website, another way to make it a bit more difficult for advanced learners, on the top right you can change the language of the site. It only has French, Spanish, Italian, and Korean. But then it will give you a word in your target language and you have to pick out the definition in the target language.

2 years ago

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Thank you, I'll try that!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gingerninja3148

I have used this website although I never knew about the joining groups thing. I think it is a really cool idea.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/raans
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Thanks for the reminder. It was popular here for a while some time back. There is already a Duolingo group: http://freerice.com/content-group/duolingo. But I looks like most have abandoned it.

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2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_-C1-_
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No problem! Mine is pretty inactive too, but that doesn't stop me ^^

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Delta1212
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Wow, I haven't thought about that site in years. I didn't even know it was still around.

I was still in high school when they first launched.

2 years ago

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I forgot about it for a while too, sad though it is for me to say it. I'm IN high school, so I'm not really sure how long it's been up. xD But now I'm active on it again. It's really fun!

2 years ago