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5 Great Things You Can Learn For Free On The Internet

Updated on February 22, 2017
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Erin has been a writer for over a decade, writing about various topics concerning natural beauty and health tips as well as Pagan/Wicca info

In A Lull?

I love learning new things! But I don't exactly have the financial means or the time to register for the many classes as I would like to. Thankfully the internet exists and it offers up more information than you can even imagine. The internet is a great place to get you started on anything you're interested in learning. Though it may not offer up the social interaction with others that may drive you even more to pursuit but what it does offer is a quick and cheap alternative to a one on one class. If you're anything like me who has sudden bouts of interests at any time of the week then you know that your curiosity can get expensive.

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1. Dance

Maybe you have a special event coming up and you need to improve your moves for the dance floor or maybe it's been a life long dream to learn a certain type of dance. Perhaps you would like to start dancing to get some exercise. There are thousands if not millions of videos posted online demonstrating how to do certain dances. From beginners dance to veteran, all you have to do is narrow down your dance choice, go to YouTube or any other website dedicated to online videos and get to dancing. Even Amazon Prime offers some free-to-watch dance videos with Prime membership.

At the moment, I am attempting belly dance. It has always intrigued me and it is great exercise for your entire body. But I've found that belly dancing is one of the MANY types of dances you can look up and learn from free instructional videos online.

From what I have browsed past in the history of me browsing I have noticed a lot of hip hop dance videos, line dancing, square dancing and even twerking. And in my history of trying out a few of these different videos (even the twerking) I've decided that the most essential thing you can ever need for learning how to dance at home is having a full body mirror. It helps out a lot with knowing what you look like and how you can improve your moves. Full body mirrors can get pricey if you're basing your purchase purely on looks or brand but they can also be very inexpensive if you're just looking for a mirror. Walmart tends to have full length mirrors from between $7 to $12 which I have personally bought in bulk to fill up a wall in my room. But you don't have to go overboard like I did and buy out the store. One or two will do the trick nicely and should really be the only necessary expense to learn something new. Later on you may feel the need to purchase some accessories involving the type of dance you want to learn. For instance, if you want to learn how to tap dance you'll probably want to buy some tap shoes. If you want to learn ballet, there are some other necessary things you'll most likely need to accomplish certain moves. Most importantly... HAVE FUN! Don't be put off if you don't get it right away or you're the type of person that does better in a class full of people. Keep telling yourself that you're learning this for you. Learning this to broaden horizons and to become the best you that you can be.


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2. Cooking

Cooking is a universal language. You could be in a room full of people that speak a completely different language than you do but when you bring in food everyone seems to speak the same language. Food is nourishing for the body and the soul and when you are the one who prepared the nourishing meal it feels so cathartic. You don't have to have a passion for cooking to feel successful by preparing a delicious meal for yourself or other people. To me it is a necessary skill for survival. Cooking keeps you away from the foods you know you shouldn't be eating and allows you to learn a lot of other little skills within the process.

I started pretty young. It's easy to do when you grow up with a southern grandmother who teaches you that a way into a man's heart is through his stomach. And though I learned a lot from her there was still so much more I wanted to know. Sure I knew how to correctly fry chicken and make dumplings, but there was a whole world of food out there waiting to be discovered. I've found that I love Greek food! Greek recipes were definitely not something I learned from my grandmother so I had to learn it myself. The first and only Greek cookbook I have ever bought was "The Food and Wine of Greece - More than 300 Classic and Modern Dishes from the Mainland and Islands of Greece" by Diane Kochilas. It's an amazing book that not only gives you the recipes but also discusses facts and history about when some of the traditional dishes came about. Another perk was that I only bought it for $1 on Amazon.

The great thing about learning how to cook is that you can learn it from anywhere. You can learn it from recipes that you find in books, TV or online. The internet offers up so many websites dedicated to cooking such as Allrecipes.com, FoodNetwork.com, and BettyCrocker.com.

Cooking in itself can get pricey depending on what you've decided to cook. You'll need the appropriate cookware for certain things. For example, if you want to make beef stew for 8 people you're going to want to invest in a large stock pot or crock pot. Keep in mind that these appliances are investments and you can continue to use them for years as you dive into the world of cooking. Many stores online and on location will offer up individual appliances as well as appliances in a set. In my experience it's best to go with a brand that you know has a good reputation. If you're unsure you can look up user reviews before you make a purchase so that you can be sure you're getting exactly what you want. Another wonderful thing about the internet.

As you begin cooking and; believe me, there will probably be a lot of trial and error; you'll start discovering the science and the art of it. You'll determine what you like and what you don't like and your skill will only strengthen as you go. Anyone can be a chef! All you have to do is push the boundaries of microwavable food and fast food restaurants.

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3. Foreign Languages

Foreign languages are a little bit trickier to find inexpensively online and having accuracy at the same time. Then you have to take into consideration that everyone learns in different ways. Some people need visual learning aids. Others rely on audio learning aids. Some just like to submerge themselves into the topic in order to catch on. There is software such as Rosetta Stone that takes this into consideration, but it can burn quite the hole in your pocket. Luckily now, with the rise of smart phones and apps to go along with them there are a few different choices you can make that are free a costs just a few dollars. One of them being; and this is one of my favorites so far; is Duolingo. It teaches you different languages similarly to the way Rosetta Stone does and the choices don't end with just French or Spanish They even have Klingon lessons. Duolingo offers courses on:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Dutch
  • Swedish
  • Irish
  • Turkish
  • Danish
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Hebrew
  • Esperanto
  • Ukrainian
  • Vietnamese
  • Welsh
  • Hungarian
  • Greek
  • Romanian
  • Swahili
  • Czech
  • Hindi
  • Korean
  • Klingon
  • Indonesian

The app is completely free with in-app purchasing. As you complete lessons you earn little gems called "lingots" that are used to purchase new lessons and other features within the app. The app also keeps track of your progress that you can retake at your leisure if you feel like doing multiple sessions will help with your memory retention. The app also isn't strictly and tirelessly teaching you a new language. Duolingo has made it into sort of a game that keeps you on schedule which helps you to obtain your goals. You can even learn multiple languages at the same time. At the moment I am attempting Italian and German and I am hoping some day soon Duolingo will incorporate Hawaiian lessons.

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4. Playing an Instrument

Just like the first couple of suggestions you can find a video on practically any instrument you can think of and also find tutorials on how to play that instrument. You can learn how to read chords and sheet music. You can learn how to keep a rhythm. Learn hand and finger placements. Anything you may be interested in.

I started learning how to play the guitar at 14, by myself, without the use of the internet. As the years went by I was able to somewhat perfect my skill by watching videos on Youtube. I actually started watching bass guitar instructional videos so I can figure out finger placements a little bit better and incorporated it into my acoustic guitar playing. I have also learned how to play a few songs on the piano thanks to Youtube.

Other than Youtube videos, there are plenty of other sites and apps that offer up tutorials on how to play an instrument such as checking out WikiHow.com, Soundslice.com (which isn't all free but offers up some great lessons.), Chordify.net which turns any song into sheet music so you can play the songs that you love, or if you are someone who needs some one on one time with an actual teacher you can check out LessonFace.com that allows you to interface with real people there to teach you how to jam. LessonFace isn't free either, but pretty inexpensive depending on the teacher that you choose.

There are also plenty of apps on IOS, Android and Amazon that teach you how to play certain instruments. Guitar Chords (Free), Guitar Tutor Pro, Real Piano Free, Instrutorials, Learn How to Play a Real Piano, Yousician and so on.

The most money you'll spend on teaching yourself how to play an instrument will most likely be the instrument itself. I bought my Stagg acoustic/electric guitar on Amazon for a pretty good price. You'll just have know where to look and put in some research time until you find out what you need.

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5. Photography

In this day and age it has never been easier to take awesome, beautiful pictures. We have all kinds of every day devices that comes with photo and video editing applications that make it look like you know what you're actually doing. There are even applications that will pay you for your photos such as Clashot and Foap.

But before you start snapping pictures you may be more interested in figuring out the mechanics of taking a great picture so that editing wont be so necessary. There are all kinds of things to consider. Lighting, resolutions, angles, etc. You can hone in on your photography skills by visiting sites such as Photographycourse.net, BestPhotoLessons.com and LearnBasicPhotography.com. All three of these websites offer up tips, tricks and information on how to perfect your photography for free.

And I think it can go without saying but you can easily find tutorial videos on Youtube or other online streaming website that can help if you're more of hands on or visual learner.

The most expensive thing you may purchase for this skill is a camera, lenses, tripods and other accessories if you choose to. These items can get very pricey, but if you are really interested in photography and want to expand your photograph horizons; maybe want to make some side cash by taking pictures at events; these items are definitely money well spent. I would suggest going with a brand that has a good reputation such as Canon, Panasonic or Nikon but every camera offers a variety of specs and stats that are to be determined by the person making the purchase. It would probably benefit you to learn more about photography from the sites I have listed so you know exactly what to look for when making a big camera purchase.

But if you are only interested in learning about angles and lighting using a cell phone or tablet camera can be your calling and you wont have to spend anything given you already have a cell phone or a tablet.

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      Erin K Stewart 11 months ago from Hemet, CA

      Thank you very much! I am in the process of starting a new website and I am planning on writing much more. I appreciate your comment!

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