The French language can Also be Nutritious!

On this Journée internationale de la Francophonie, why not help humanity and have fun in the processes. This March 20th, the FreeRice program's website challenges us to use our knowledge of the French language to fight against world hunger. Come on, let's play!

This virtual game, proposed by the United Nations’ World Food Programme, provides us with the opportunity to enrich our vocabulary and our general knowledge about the French language and culture.

The idea is simple: by correctly answering various questions concerning synonymous of the French language, a grain of virtual rice will be added to your bowl. Your bowl will be filled by correctly answering a certain amount of questions. Rice grains collected will then be converted into concrete donations to be used to feed the hungry.

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According to its creators, FreeRice is highly suited for teaching French and is a fun and original tool in conveying the French language to students.

Launched in September 2011, the French version of Freerice.com benefits from the global popularity of the game. Since the creation of its English version in 2007, the site quickly became a phenomenon. No less than 1.3 million visitors come to play every month. Program officials estimate that the game has collected enough grains of rice to feed nearly 5 million people during a full day.

March 20th, 2012

Today, the Organisation international de la Francophonie (OIF), invites Francophones around the world to express themselves on their theme "Le français est une chance." Visit the 20 mars website and social networks to express yourself! Don’t forget, this theme sets the stage for the Forum mondial de la langue française, organized by the OIF in partnership with the Quebec government, which runs from July 2nd to 6th in Quebec City.

According to the OIF, there are 220 million French speaking people worldwide and 60% of Francophones are under the age of 30. Let’s celebrate our language and culture on all continents and spend a great day together!

Philippe Daoust