Big news from the UN World Food Programme (WFP) about their online computer game called Free Rice. It is now in Italian and French versions! Read their press release below for details. And keep playing Free Rice whether it’s the English version, Spanish version, or the French and Italian. It’s a great computer game and helps feed the hungry. For every correct answer 10 grains of rice are donated to WFP via advertisers. Currently the funds raised from the game feed school children in Cambodia.
Here is the text of the WFP press release:
Do you know the meaning of the French words: “argent-vif”, “banban” and “argousin”? And even if you guessed that “pastasciutta” and “stracotta” have something to do with Italian cooking – would you know exactly what they mean?
Did you know that by improving your French and Italian vocabulary and general knowledge skills you can feed a hungry child?
Hundreds of millions of French and Italian speakers and language students worldwide can now test their vocabulary and knowledge in art, chemistry and geography in a fun and challenging way, and help to feed hungry children around the world, thanks to Freerice Français (www.freerice.com/fr), and Freerice Italiano (www.freerice.com/it), following their launch on Wednesday by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
“Whether you are a French or Italian speaker eager to enrich your vocabulary or an avid language student, Freerice engages players in a fun and challenging way that helps the hungry,” said Nancy Roman, WFP Director of Communications, Public Policy and Private Partnerships Division.
How does Freerice work? Players face increasingly difficult vocabulary questions and for every correct answer, they earn ten grains of rice donated to WFP and paid for by advertisers of the site. Freerice is also an exciting and innovative social media tool, giving players the ability to create online groups with their relatives, friends and co-workers, taking vocabulary game play and interaction to a new level.
Originally launched in English in 2007, Freerice.com became an instant viral phenomenon. In its first month, the game had raised enough rice to feed over 50,000 people for a day. Its designer, John Breen, says the programme started out as a simple word game to help his teenage sons prepare for their college entrance exams. Today, Freerice attracts 40,000 players daily (1.3 million per month) who take the fight against hunger online. They have raised almost 100 billion grains of rice, enough to feed 4.8 million people for a day in countries like Haiti, Uganda, Pakistan and Cambodia.
The French and Italian versions follow the successful launch, last June, of the Spanish version, while other language versions including Chinese and Korean are underway.
“Freerice is a truly innovative concept that has taken the Internet by storm over the last few years. From Paris to Montréal, and from Hanoi to Dakar, French speakers and learners around the world can now actively participate in this online viral phenomenon and help save millions of lives,” said Marina Catena, Director of WFP in France.
Note from the Free Rice Team:
Recently we launched Freerice Español. We’re following this with Freerice en française and Freerice italiano.
The language sites are great for native Italian, French or Spanish speakers, but also offer the opportunity to deepen your knowledge if you are a second language speaker with a much more challenging language section and translations of other subjects like “Famous Paintings”.
If you are already registered on the English or Spanish site: don’t worry, your login credentials work on all the current language versions. And the rice you raise one version counts towards rice raised on another version. So, for example, if you raise 10 grains of rice on the English version and another 10 grains on the French version, your overall total is 20 grains (and both version will show this total).
If you’re in Italy and attending the Internazionale Festival in Ferrara, you can join us (and the tournament) there: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=119640621473812
We also have a Chinese version launching in October, so stay tuned to this blog.
Giochiamo! Jouons ensemble!
Freerice is maintained by and supports the United Nations World Food Programme, the world’s largest humanitarian organisation fighting hunger worldwide. To find out more go to WFP.org