The Internet is a really great tool that most everyone uses everyday for some reason or another. One of the most important things you can do with it is also one of the most underutilized: the internet is a fantastic tool for teaching yourself new skills. What’s even more wonderful about it is that most of the things you want to learn on the internet can be learned 100% for free. Here are four great ideas for things you can learn online at no charge whatsoever.
– Learn a foreign language – http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/
The BBC is now providing 100% free courses on their website in languages like French, Spanish, Greek and Portuguese. There are both audio and video language courses available in over 10 different languages right now, and with a little Google searching or a trip to your local library, you can find plenty of written companion pieces that will help the real language nerd in you pick up on all of those sneaky little grammar rules.
– Speed Reading ‘” http://www.free-speed-reading.com/
The one thing that I recommend everyone work on is speed reading. If you can read stuff faster, then you’ll get to read more books and spend a lot less time working, no matter what kind of job you do. This site has all kinds of cool tools, from free downloadable software and ebooks to a test you can take that measures how fast you read so you can mark your progess as you learn how to speed read.
– Touch Typing – http://www.sense-lang.org/typing/
With computers as prevalent as they are today, touch typing is an essential skill you need if you plan on advancing your career. Visit this site, and you can play a touch typing game that will help hone your skills in less than five minutes per day. There are four or five different options for you on that site, and it’s got as many practice materials and games for you to work on as most paid software applications you’ll find at a local electronics store, so why not use it!
– How to Swim – http://www.swimlessonsuniversity.com/
It always astonishes me how many people in the world grow up without learning how to swim. This basic survival skill is so necessary, and who knows, one day it might even save your life. Even if you’re not interested in taking a cruise or going deep sea fishing, though, learning to swim opens up a whole new world of summer-time fun at the pool or beach, and even offers you a refreshing new workout option at your gym’s indoor pool. This site will teach you the basics of different strokes at home, and while it’s up to you to practice, it will save you tons of money over hiring a gym coach, or embarrassing yourself at lessons at your local pool designed for little kids.