5 surprising skills you can master from home

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Being stuck at home doesn’t mean you have to sit around bored, twiddling your thumbs. In fact, now is the perfect opportunity to add an extra string to your bow in the form of a new skill. Here are 5 of the more surprising ones you can master:

1. A new language (or two)

French flagBe it French, Hindi, German or Japanese, lockdown is the perfect time to learn a new language. Although learning a language is far from easy, it is an incredibly rewarding skill to have. Plus, being dual lingual will make anyone’s CV look more considerably more impressive.

Language books are one way to learn, or you might try a smartphone application such as Rosetta Stone or Duolingo. If you can afford to, paying for lessons where you can practice conversing with a native speaker of that language is a great way to learn too. Combining a variety of learning methods is likely to be very effective.

2. Become a novelist

If you’re a keen or aspiring writer, you might use this time to study aspects of creative writing, or even write a novel. For new writers, The Open University has a free course titled Start writing fiction that can get you on your way. However, there are many other online courses available to writers of all levels, some free and others which you have to pay for, such as this one from Margaret Atwood.

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3. Start your own home brewery

The Home Brew Shop has beer, wine and cider making kits that you can use to start your very own home brewery. By finely crafting your own beverages, you needn’t pop out to shops to pick up any booze either – perfect for abiding by social distancing measures!

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4. Build your own website

Have you always wanted to start an online blog or business, or are you an aspiring web developer? Well, you can do learn to do either from the comfort of your own home. Online hosting services like Hostinger will host your website and they offer a range of website builder tools including WordPress that you can use. They also offer deals where they throw in a free domain name.Website code

For those who prefer to build their own, there are loads of online courses you can take to get started in web development. Take a look at this blog on 8 of the best free web development courses for beginners for course ideas.

5. Learn CPA and First Aid

CPR is an incredibly useful skill that has been the difference between life and death for many people. Knowing it and First Aid will make you great to have around should accidents occur, whilst they are also a requirement for certain job and volunteer roles.

First aid

This 30-hour, CPD Certified course on Reed.com costs only £10 (down from £119!) and you can study it at your own pace.

Are you looking to improve your home? Contact Sheerwater Glass today for any home improvement enquiries. We offer an extensive range of windows, doors, conservatories and glass products and we are available to call on 01932 344 415.

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