Eight new things you should learn in 2019

Hands up if one of your resolutions was to learn something new this year?

OK, so we can’t make sure you stick to your ‘New Year, New You’ mantra, but we can give you over 30,000 courses to choose from – and all of them are guaranteed to boost your skills in 2019.  Without having to break the bank.

To help inspire you, here are just eight new things you should definitely learn this year:


Learn a new language

Vowed to learn a new language in 2019? Now’s your chance.

With a wide range of language courses on the site, learning anything from Italian and German to Russian, Japanese, and even British sign language, could be well within your grasp.

In fact, some allow you to gain skills in just 3 minutes a day. Don’t believe us? This Learn French in 3 Minutes a Day course provides you with bite sized chunks of knowledge on a daily basis – making it perfect for a beginner with absolutely no previous knowledge of the language.

Toutes nos félicitations (etc.)

Perfect for: People who want to understand what ‘toutes nos félicitations’ means, without having to look it up.

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Learn about nutrition

OK, we get it. Last month likely involved eating your weight in turkey and consuming any food within close proximity (we’re looking at you, office Quality Street).

Luckily, we’ve got a number of health and nutrition courses designed with your New Year’s resolutions (see also: your diet) in mind – whether you want to learn about healthy eating, fitness, food hygiene, or anything else.

For example, this Nutrition course provides a comprehensive overview of concepts, practices, and science behind great nutrition. Not only does it teach you everything you need to know about leading a healthy and happy life, it also debunks all of the myths surrounding good eating habits.

Perfect for: People who need help sticking to their post-Christmas diet.

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Learn to code

When it comes to current, lucrative, and in-demand skills, coding is one of the best. And what better time to learn than right now?

Not only is an ability to code something that’s expected of the future workforce – it’s also becoming a part of everyday life.

But if Ruby only makes you see red? Don’t panic. Many coding courses are designed for beginners with no previous experience of coding.

This Coding for Beginners course in particular is a great introduction to the field, teaching you the core foundations of coding, including Javascript, operators, languages, and more.

Trust us, this type of Python is nothing to be scared of…

Perfect for: People who want to speak in code.

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Learn public speaking

2019 is all about facing your fears. And, for some of us, that means speaking out loud in front of a room full of people.

But whether you want to improve your technique to be better at your job, or you’re looking to boost your confidence in general, we’ve got the course for you.

Teaching key strategies to ensure you can give confident and comfortable presentations, this Presentation and Public Speaking Bundle is guaranteed to make stage fright a thing of the past.

Not only will you learn how to control your breathing, volume, and pacing, you’ll also receive advice on delivering engaging presentations through creative storytelling.

Perfect for: People who aren’t having any success with ‘imagining the audience is naked’.

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Learn how to play an instrument

Always wanted to be that person who always pulls out a guitar/violin/harmonica at social gatherings? Of course you have.

This Learn an Instrument Bundle includes three courses to help you develop a wide range of musical skills. Each course is designed for beginners, and covers the key techniques needed to learn the ukulele, violin, and harmonica.

Not only will you learn how to play, you’ll also be taught basic songs for each instrument – from hot cross buns to jingle bells. Well, that’s one way to prepare for next Christmas.

Perfect for: People who want to march to the beat of their own drum (literally).

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Learn Excel

Not only are Excel skills something that everyone should have, the Microsoft programme is also one of the most widely used in the world – whether it’s relied on to analyse data, track hours, finances, and invoices, amongst a whole host of other things.

This Microsoft Excel course for Beginners will teach you a basic overview of Excel, including how to calculate sums, averages, totals, and cells, along with everything you need to know about learning formulas pivot tables, and more.

And it’s not all about spreadsheets.

With a number of courses to help you learn everything from basic office admin to how to become a receptionist (e.g. the Office Skills and Receptionist course), broadening your skillset with a qualification could be the best way to boost your employability.

Perfect for: People who hate the paperclip.

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Learn about animals  

If your 2019 goals mostly involve being able to pet more cats (or dogs, or horses, or guinea pigs…you get the picture), we’ve got the course for you – whether you’re looking for a career in animal care, or you just want to learn more about animals.

Teaching everything from animal breeds and their history, along with how to look after them, basic animal health, treatments, and more – this Animal Care Level 3 course will give you all the knowledge you need to be a successful animal carer.

Still not convinced? Think of it this way…it might be exactly what you need to persuade your partner/parent/housemate to let you get a cat.

Perfect for: People don’t mind everything being covered in fur.

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Learn something for free

OK, we get it. December was not kind to your bank balance. Luckily, that’s where free courses come in.

Yep, you read it right. With a number of totally free courses live on the site, in everything from health and care, IT, and and HR, all the way through to marketing, teaching, and accountancy, you could be able to study a wide range of subjects without breaking the bank.

So whether you’re looking to add a new qualification to your CV, or you just want to learn something new this year – there’ll be something to suit you.

And because you won’t have to pay to study, you can do as many courses as you want. All of your resolutions = resolved.

Perfect for: People who want to learn on a budget.

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