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Lockdown learning - not just for kids?

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Lordfrontpaw Sun 29-Mar-20 12:10:00

I feel that I’d like to learn a new skill to do something during this period of enforced stayathomeism. I can’t think what though. I jokingly told DH that I was going to learn mandarin! My usual hobbies can’t really be done in the house - research and sketches - but I don’t have a blowtorch!

Is anyone else planning to brush up on a skill or learn something new?

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Suzanne12 Sun 29-Mar-20 18:58:39

Why not Mandarin if that's what interest you? It could be anything really. Sewing or knitting? Baking/cooking? Any other language?

I think homeschooling is a new skill in itself

Lordfrontpaw Sun 29-Mar-20 19:00:59

I am so hopeless at languages (so it was a bit of a jokey suggestion!) - I’m much better with my hands!

I’d like to at least be able to look back and say ‘I learned/did that during that period’.

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blamethecat Sun 29-Mar-20 19:02:46

I'm going to teach my DP how to read the electric meter hmm
I'd love to learn a language.

SimonJT Sun 29-Mar-20 19:10:15

Why not try some BSL?

My boyfriend is teaching me some Swedish, in return I’m teaching him some Urdu.

parrotonmyshoulder Sun 29-Mar-20 19:11:24

I’m doing some online courses - excel and some other work related things.

DaisyDaisydoo Sun 29-Mar-20 19:13:05

I’m using my daily exercise to do couch to 5k

NinetyNineRedBalloonsGoBy Sun 29-Mar-20 19:16:15


1. using duolingo to learn Spanish

2. Using an app (free) called Yousician to learn to sing in tune

3. Doing Joe Wicks 9am exercise class on YouTube each day

4. Completing a paint by numbers picture

I'm terrible at all of these btw blush

june2007 Sun 29-Mar-20 19:16:38

Getting aquanted with my sewing machine is my challenge at the mo.

Herpesfreesince03 Sun 29-Mar-20 19:17:46

I’m learning just trying to teach my kids. I struggle just with my year 4 daughters work 🙄😂

blackberrysoup Sun 29-Mar-20 19:18:06

I'm trying out new recipes and keeping on top of washing up and housework, ideally I do some open learning courses and so on but it's not happening.

JemimaPuddleCat Sun 29-Mar-20 19:21:20

I've been learning a language with Duolingo for the past couple of months, so am continuing that.

Am a keen crocheter and would love to learn how to do some basic knitting.

Have a couple of sewing projects to do if I can get to grips with my machine

Dozer Sun 29-Mar-20 19:22:23

Future Learn has varied content.

dyscalculicgal96 Thu 09-Apr-20 21:19:02

Check out the Open University site. Lots of good options on there.

Margo34 Tue 21-Apr-20 19:25:30 is a good platform to find online language teachers /language exchange partners. For a whole host of languages! is good, particularly so for supporting recognition and recall of Mandarin Chinese characters when you start to learn to read them. 加油!

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