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Below we’ve listed 12 awesome skills to learn for free online compiled from across the web. If you have any relevant links yourself then please do comment below and exchange your experiences with online learning and education.

1. LEARN A LANGUAGE

With Duolingo, you can learn Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, or English (from any of the above or more). There’s a mobile app and a website, and the extensive courses are completely free.

View Duolingo Course

 

2. START READING FASTER

Spreeder is a free online program that will improve your reading skill and comprehension no matter how old you are. With enough practice, they claim to double, triple, or even quadruple the speed at which you read passages currently, which is basically like adding years to your life.

Use Spreeder

 

3. LEARN HOW TO CODE

Highly recommend Code Academy for their breadth and innovative program. If you want to try a more traditional route, Harvard offers its excellent Introduction to Computer Science course online for free.

Code Academy   EDX Course

 

4. LEARN PSYCHOLOGY

Knowing the basics of psychology will bring context to your understanding of yourself, the dynamics of your family and friendships, what’s really going on with your coworkers, and the woes and wonders of society in general. Yale University has its Intro to Psychology lectures online for free.

View Free Lectures

 

5. START PRACTICING YOGA

Most cities have free community classes (try just searching Google or inquiring at your local yoga studio). If you’re more comfortable trying yoga at home, YogaGlo has a great 15-day trial and Yome is a compendium of 100% free yoga videos. If you’re already familiar with basic yoga positions but you need an easy way to practice at home, I recommend YogaTailor’s free trial as well.

View Yogaglo   View Yoga Meditation Home   View Yoga Tailor

 

6. START DRAWING

All kids draw — so why do we become so afraid of it as adults? Everyone should feel comfortable with a sketchbook and pencil, and sketching is a wonderful way to express your creativity. DrawSpace is a great place to start. (I also highly recommend the book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain if you can drop a few dollars for a used copy.)

Try Draw Space

 

7. MAKE A MOBILE GAME

If you’re not interested in coding anything other than fun game apps, you could try this course from the University of Reading. It promises to teach you how to build a game in Java, even if you don’t have programming experience!

View Future Learn

 

8. IMPROVE YOUR PUBLIC SPEAKING

You can take the University of Washington’s Intro to Public Speaking for free online. Once you learn a few tricks of the trade, you’ll hopefully be able to go into situations like being asked to present at a company meeting or giving a presentation in class without nearly as much fear and loathing.

View EDX Public Speaking Course

 

9. MAKE YOUR MUSIC

Learn how to play guitar: Justin Guitar is a fine and free place to start learning chords and the basic skills you’ll need to be able to play guitar

Free voice lesson from Berklee College Of Music. Have you always thought you had an inner TSwift? Berklee College of Music offers an Introduction to Songwriting course completely for free online. The course is six weeks long, and by the end of the lesson you’ll have at least one completed song. Lifehacker’s basics of music production will help you put it all together once you have the skills down! You’ll be recording your own music, ready to share with your valentine or the entire world, in no time!

Free Guitar Lessons   Free Voice Lessons   Free Song Writing   The Basics of Music Production

 

10. LEARN TO NEGOTIATE

Let Stanford’s Stan Christensen explain how to negotiate in business and your personal life, managing relationships for your personal gain and not letting yourself be steamrolled. There are a lot of football metaphors and it’s great.

The Art of Negotiation Course

 

11. LEARN PHOTOGRAPHY

Lifehacker’s basics of photography might be a good place to start. Learn how your camera works, the basic of composition, and editing images in post-production.

View Life Hacker Course

 

12. LEARN HOW TO USE PHOTOSHOP

Tutorials are the best way to learn in my experience. Choose even the outcomes you don’t like and you’ll learn a wider selection of techniques and tools.

View Photoshop Course View Photoshop Course 2

 

Start the Experiment

Choose a skill and get started

“All life is an experiment, the more experiments you make the better” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
We challenge you to get involved and explore through experience.

We’ve written about how you can learn any skill in 20 hours. So, choose a skill/topic you’ve been putting off learning and dedicate 45 minutes a day to it. Do this for one month and let us know how you get on. Deciding for yourself, through your own experience whether a new skill can be learnt in just 30 days.

Already tried this experiment?

Are there any tips that have worked for you? What’s your experience with this technique?

Thanks for reading.

  • Nadia

    This is really helpfull! Thanks! For sharing!
    I’ll try all, to improve myself 😉

  • Alex

    Found this awesome website this week, couldn’t help but share as your talking learning:

    Learn to write
    http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com

  • Sander

    I seriously love this website. Another awesome article! Just like Nadia i’ll try all of them! Great work!

    • Sander

      Oh, and I forgot to mention that I already learn with Duolingo every day for a couple of month now. Sometimes it’s hard to stay motivated, but keep going! I can really see progress in my French learning skill!

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  • Kenn Gaither

    I would also add that learning to prepare one complete meal is a skill that everyone should master. It has given me a greater appreciation for many things. It is also an amazing expression of love and caring you can share with family and friends. A meal created with love and passion is beyond nourishment. It takes me back to my childhood when dinner was an event and experience.

  • Phil

    Did you just take all of this from Buzzfeed? Because it’s pretty much word-for-word the same exact suggestions.

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