Is there a skill or other thing you wanted to learn this year?

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  1. Vanidor

    Vanidor Well-Known Member

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    Since it is February and most people have already given up on resolutions I'm curious, was there a skill or other thing you wanted to learn this year? I'm personally slowly learning some Mandarin.

    After thinking about it I briefly scanned torrent sites for the top results from 'learn pack' and got the following, but are any of these ones you have worked on in the past?
    1) German
    2) Guitar
    3) Japanese
    4) How to Draw
    5) Graphic Design
    6) Web Development
    7) German
    8) Japanese
    9) French
    10) Math

    German being on there twice surprises me and I admit I'm curious who is trying to learn it. I'm shocked Spanish isn't up there.
     
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  2. Ophious

    Ophious 〖Rank 2 - Elemental Mage〗〖The Fool〗

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    Kinda wanted to learn how to either sew or knit
    seemed fun but school is preventing me to
     
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  3. Little Potato

    Little Potato Sexiest Potato Alive (and uneaten)

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    I've personally dabbled in German, Guitar, Japanese and Graphic Design Classes before. (Spanish isn't on the list, but I've dabbled in it too)

    For this year, I'm trying to make some time to improve Japanese and I've just signed up to take Korean classes too. (So many webtoons waiting for me to read rawwww :blobmelt:)
    I also want to learn CSS and other coding stuff but again time management is a bitch. I can't wait to retire :blobangel:
     
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    German, Guitar and Japanese. But why is there 2 German there?
     
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  5. Vanidor

    Vanidor Well-Known Member

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    Different packs, one is about 2 Gigs and the other is 13 Gigs.

    Edit: To be clear I was sorting by Peers so as to try and guess which skills/languages or other things might be popular.
     
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    I have already done 4, 5, 6, 9, and 10, though that last one is more a perpetual thing I have to do. I've decided to learn a new coding language this year. Two if I can build up the motivation.
     
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    I'm actually shocked every time I find out some younger person like a coworker is into it. My mom knitted when I was a child in the 70's and I think that cemented my impression that it is something older women do, but I've ran into a few people who picked up or planned to pick up knitting recently.
     
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    German due to the sudden rise of helpers and caretakers there.

    We got a lot of free slots in the philippines for work there.

    As for what I want to learn skills,

    Maybe not to eat 8 times a day...
     
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  9. imK

    imK Artful Dodger

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    1. German - not actively. I have a German friend who sometimes teaches me bits and pieces, but it's informal.
    2. Guitar - I can play a couple of my favourite songs, but that's it. Haven't made the time to learn it properly.
    3. Japanese - yep. Slowly learning it part-time along with Korean, since I'll be heading overseas at the end of next year and I need a basic command of the language. Google translate and charades won't get me through what I'm doing.
    4. Drawing - Just picked it up in November. I was originally supposed to release a novel in January, but the work I paid for with the covers was so mindf- terrible I had to push back the date. I've since commissioned a different artist and I decided to take up drawing because the original cover art was that bad I'm convinced I can do better if I work at it.
    5. Graphic Design - Nope. Probably not ever.
    6. Web Development - Rather pay someone else.
    7. French - Most of what I picked up of French was from French porn in the 00s and random bits of useless sentences I'll never use. Have put it on my "Do-at-some-point-but-not-now" list.
    8. Math - Not something I need.

    Also surprised Chinese/Spanish/Arabic aren't in the top 10 given that there's so many native speakers of each and you could make a lot of money if you were fluent in any of those. I don't really make resolutions. Prefer just starting something when I'm ready to and then completing it. If I have to wait 'til New Year to do it, it probably isn't that important to me.
     
  10. Vanidor

    Vanidor Well-Known Member

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    Btw, there's a lot of different lists you can create based on searching what people are trying to learn on various platforms or with different keywords on torrents. For example if you search a more buzzword term like "MasterClass" you get:
    1) The Art of Negotiation - Chris Voss
    2) Cooking by Gordon Ramsey
    3) The Art of Storytelling by Neil Gaiman
    4) Martin Scorsese Teaches Filmmaking

    I don't think you can sort Skillshare by popularity but I don't have an account and can't check. I think it would be interesting though to see what topics people are willing to pay to learn there.
     
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  11. Ophious

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    Well I mean it seems like a calming thing to do
    plus if I can't think of a present for someone then I can always just knit them something like a scarf or mittens
     
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    Hmm I need to pick up French again. I should probably stop being obnoxiously lazy and finally study to take the JLPT N3 test too.
    Other than that, I just started a new work out plan since I gained some weight ;;
    I already worked with Graphic design and I graduated from Architecture School so I have a passable level of freehand sketching and design-related software know-how but I haven't used much lately since I was working with translation for the past 3-4 years.
    I wanted to pick up watercolour but I have little motivation right now as I don't want to spend extra money buying the proper tools for it.
    I personally have more interest in voice projection and singing lessons than musical instruments but I would like to be able to read a musical score.
    u_u I need to find a new job soon too... can't be a neet hikikomori forever...
     
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    mir 『Has a Bad Memory』『Idiot』

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    How to not be an idiot, would be nice.
    Also better Spanish and digital drawing.
    And relearn some math.
     
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    joey183 The Mysterious Entity

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    Japanese is on there twice too.
    For me, I'll like to learn Japanese and Guitar as they are both interesting to me
     
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    Wanted to practice guitar, draw hentai, make a game(?), but haven’t got the time yet:blobcatblush:
     
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    AliceShiki 『Ms. Tree』『Ophi-kun's Survival Teacher』

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    I wanna learn how to sew! \(^^)/
     
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    mir 『Has a Bad Memory』『Idiot』

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    What kind of sewing do you want to learn?
    Creating clothes(by hand? or with sewing machine?), fixing tears/attaching buttons, needlepoint/embroidery, or stitching wounds?

    I know a tiny bit from trying to learn embroidery and stitching as a kid, I can give some super basic pointers if you want? Like how to avoid tangles, undo mistakes, poke the needle right at the spot you want, how to make the back a little less messy, etc.
    For certain stitches, I dunno how. I'm 80% self taught for those so I know barely any and dunno if I can even remember them that well.

    I know zero about using machines or creating clothing tho, and only what I've read or seen others do for the rest.

    Let me know if you want to. I have good memories being taught and struggling through trying to learn, so it'd be nice to pass some of it to someone.

    Though online resources are probably better.....
    Come to think of it, I tried learning knitting before and YouTube has some really great instructional videos. I'm sure there are a ton on sewing too.

    But I had to really try alot of them before finding someone who went slow enough that I could tell what they were doing. Sometimes the teacher being too skilled makes it impossible for the student, because they are too used to just automatically doing certain actions and don't realize anymore that these intermediate steps need to be taught too *shakes head*
     
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  19. AliceShiki

    AliceShiki 『Ms. Tree』『Ophi-kun's Survival Teacher』

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    I wanna try learning how to make clothes from scratch tbh... Because like, I always have a terrible hard time finding the kind of clothes I want in stores, they never seem to cater to my tastes... T.T

    Probably using a Sewing Machine, but I don't own and tbh I am completely clueless on how to use them... I still wanna try though~
     
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    mir 『Has a Bad Memory』『Idiot』

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    I want to learn that too, but same situation. Don't have machine and when I was able to borrow one, the manual made no sense to me :blobsweat_2:
    If you find any good online resource for it, please remember me and pass me a link.
     
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