New skills, new you

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The world is at a standstill, but that doesn’t mean your learning should be. If you’re looking to beat the boredom of social distancing and get productive, then read on.

Make the most of all the unexpected extra time that we have on our hands, and what better way to do this than learning a new skill. Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, we’ve had a search around for you.

Here are some fun online guides that you can get stuck into from the comfort of your sofa - whether it be baking, painting or learning to play a new instrument.

Learn a new language

There’s never been a better time to become bilingual. Brush up on your GCSE French or go rogue and try something new. One of the best free websites for this is Duolingo. With 94 different languages and fun lessons, you’ll be chatting in Français in no time, mon ami.


Blow your own horn

It might be *slightly* annoying for your housemates, but picking up a new instrument is an amazing way to spend your time. Don’t have the money to splash on a new guitar or piano? Why not try a harmonica? Available to buy from Amazon from as little as £6.99 (with free delivery), start ‘harping’ and give a visit. Hundreds of free online lessons from an ‘award-winning harmonica professional.’


Cocktail making

Bring the Bottomless Brunch to your house and learn how to make the perfect Espresso Martini or Pina Colada. How? A London bar has created videos on their Instagram showing how to make your favourite cocktails with easy-to-find ingredients. Watch here, or check to see if your favourite bars are doing something similar.


Bake it ‘til you make it

Ever wanted to learn how to bake bread or know how to make the perfectly poached egg? This is your moment. Not only are there plenty of YouTube tutorials or Instagram videos to hand, but the internet is filled with free classes to turn you into a baking maestro. Why not check out our #homegrownhobbies Episode 1. Learn how to make delicious vegan chocolate chip cookies - perfect for spicing up your #foodstagram account.


'Brush up' your creativity

Lastly, get creative! A peaceful way to unwind and relax, learning to paint doesn’t have to be expensive. With just a few simple art supplies, you could be creating beautiful watercolour art pieces in no time with free online lessons, like this watercolour course. Also a great gift for friends and family.

Those are our suggestions. As well as relaxing and staying safe, make sure you make use of this time to enrich yourselves. If you have any skills you’ve picked up, we’d love to hear about them!


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