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Oct. 23rd, 2007

If you haven't seen FreeRice, it might be worth a look. It's a vocabulary quiz which adapts to the level of the player. Some of the words are definitely imported directly from other languages, and sometimes the answer is close, but not entirely accurate. The FAQ says "There are 50 levels in all, but it is rare for people to get above level 48." I've made it up to level 50, briefly, but my true level seems to be around 46-47.

It also claims to be donating rice through the UN, sponsored by unobtrusive advertising. There are undoubtedly better ways of performing charitable works, but it does make me feel marginally better about wasting my time.


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(no subject) - oidhche - Oct. 23rd, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 23rd, 2007 04:04 pm (UTC)
Same here. After playing for a while, I've found that I am fairly consistently correct at level 44, level 45 and 46 I can get most of, level 47 I get about as many wrong as right, and if I get higher than that, it's either through lucky guessing or else words that I think should be easier.

Apparently the levels of the words also change over time, based on how often the players guess them wrong.
Oct. 23rd, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
I seem to be around a 41, although there have been a few words I disagree with all the choices for. Interpolate, for one. I know what it means, and none of those choices were it.
Oct. 23rd, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC)
I've found one - I forget which - where the choice that I thought was closest was not correct. If I run across it again, I may try a few dictionaries.
Oct. 24th, 2007 01:12 am (UTC)
I seem to have gotten stupid. My AP vocabulary's gone, and I d efinitely read less. I found this t he other day, and I was hovering between 36 and 42!
Oct. 26th, 2007 12:46 pm (UTC)
I like this game. Thank you. My level isn't a high as I like (you definitely have a better vocabulary than I), but I figure if I play often, maybe mine will improve. It's also interesting what you can figure out from knowledge of root meanings or similar words-anatomy classes & Shakespeare have been most useful. Plus, some of the words are most entertaining. My favorite for sheer ridiculousness is hemidemisemiquaver (means 64th note). Because obviously 64th note was too long to say and we needed a better word.
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