Thursday, November 29, 2007

Improve your vocabulary.

I was on the Clinton School of Public Service blog yesterday and found the neatest thing: is a click to donate or CTD site with twist: vocabulary lessons. Each time you correctly select the meaning of the given word, 20 grains of rice are donated to the World Food Programme. When you get the definition right you get a harder word (and the WFP gets rice). Get it wrong an you get an easier word. It's addictive, so be careful. As with other CTD sites, advertisers donate money for rice based on how many visitors test and improve their vocabulary. Yesterday 369,007,280 grains of rice were donated.

Every little bit helps. So visit and learn a little to give a little. It's a win-win! Have fun!

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Karama said...

Words from my most recent session:
tautology = redundancy (I missed this one)

Grains of rice donated: 200

Karama said...

Here's the story from the Christian Science Montitor. It is perhaps not surprising that the developer of is the same guy who did the quintessential CTD site:


Karama said...

Want more ways to improve your vocabulary? Check out the ideas here. Now imagine how much rice you'll be able to donate! Have fun!

Anonymous said...

Improve your vocabulary.

maria said...

I love

I discovered it a few months back and since then I have learned hundreds of new words and given thousands of grains of rice.


Karama said...

Excellent Maria! It's win-win. Thanks for your comment and for reading. Please come back again soon, and spread the word.

bluesky said...

Another great charity site is It donates money to children in need through World Vision.

Check it out at

Karama said...

Thanks BlueSky for the link to I'll do a post on it soon.

I hope you enjoyed your visit to So What Can I Do. Please come back again soon, and spread the word!

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way4thesub said...

Research has shown that the best way to learn vocabulary is to see the word used in context many times. Each time we encounter a word, we incrementally build word knowledge. After many encounters, we find that we naturally understand the word.

There's a site that mimics the natural way the brain learn words. It's called dictionarysquared and the homepage is a cool reference that finds contexts. The vocabulary building program is now only available in the SAT's, but check it out anyway, there are words on it I've never even heard of.