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I want to learn new life skills. Starting points?

I am looking to learn or become better at skills that would make life easier for me (fixing a car, cooking, DIY, things like that). To that end, I'd like to learn of some starting activities for various skills which could act as training wheels so I don't feel overwhelmed by all of the things there are to learn. Enjoyable hobbies (like chess, drawing, etc.) are more than welcome as well. An example of what I am looking for plus some extra details inside. [more inside]
posted by BuddyBoo on Jul 24, 2014 - 14 answers

Help us with a good title and decor for 4th grade science fair project

We can't figure out a good title for my daughter's Science Fair Project. The school wants the 4th grade children to basically do the whole project at home with guidance from the parents. My daughter's experiment is on why apples turn brown and she is learning about why the lemon juice worked (learning about acids and bases, etc.) The poster board we will use will have a title on it. The teacher wants us to think of a good title, and it does not necessarily have to be the question, "Why do apples turn brown". It can be a clever, or interesting title that goes with the experiment. At first we thought about, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." But then we thought it was too long, and it also might be presumed that her project is about apples and how they are healthy. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Apr 24, 2014 - 20 answers

Daveyyyy! Davey Crochet! (Get it? If you pronounce it phonetically...?)

I can crochet... sorta. I have made mittens and slippers and hats and scarves, I even made a Dispicible Me Minion hat and scarf for my step son (impressing the pants off of him), but they are all winged. I have no idea about stitches and I have no idea what I am actually doing. Things just seem to work out (so far). I want to learn how to crochet for real and make awesome things. (Or should I try knitting again?) [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Feb 19, 2014 - 21 answers

Skilled skier seeks ski sites

What are some websites or books about skiing? [more inside]
posted by shothotbot on Jan 26, 2014 - 6 answers

How would an adult even begin brushing up on their basketball skills?

26 year-old wanting to learn basketball fundamentals basically from scratch in NY. How do I even start? [more inside]
posted by windbox on Jan 7, 2014 - 13 answers

Help me find the right Master’s Programme specialising in Oil in Germany

Hi there, I’m in a conundrum - I hold a Bachelors Degree in Physics and I am currently searching for a Master’s Programme at a German University specialising in the management of Oil resources and/or the relation to Oil and Physics that I studied. [more inside]
posted by theTrap on Dec 20, 2013 - 3 answers

Progressively Challenging Hindi Literature for the Novice Hindi Reader

I'm looking for Hindi books that progressively increase in difficulty. I'm a Hindi speaker that learned from my parents conversationally, but I have no grasp of the Devanagari script. I thought I could teach myself the script by rote, then work my way up through books of increasing difficulty similar to how I have read books in grade school in the USA. [more inside]
posted by brocrastinator on Nov 11, 2013 - 3 answers

Podcasts for German language learners?

I'm taking an introductory German course and am looking for some good podcasts that will supplement what I am learning and help me get to fluency quicker. What should I be listening to? [more inside]
posted by _DB_ on Sep 29, 2013 - 6 answers

Need statistics to convince my students they should learn to touch-type.

Please help me find statistics to convince my high school students they should learn how to touch-type. [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Sep 11, 2013 - 38 answers

what kind of job is this?

Hi Everybody, I'm new here. I'm trying to identify my next steps in life and am looking high and low for options, ideas and answers. I'm still working, but have also taken on more than a couple volunteer roles to try out a different industries. I found MetaFilter a few months ago and tho I haven't posted much, I've been reading and I thought it would be a good idea to put it to you. I want to apologize in advance for any newbie mistakes. And say thanks in advance for taking a minute to read this. Here goes. [more inside]
posted by round_four on Apr 9, 2013 - 14 answers

My manager always teach a specific individual within my department?

My manager always teach a specific individual within my department. I find this unfair and annoying at random times. Am I too sensitive/jealous about this situation? What advice do you have for me? Anyone experience the same situation? Anyone here know what my manager is planning to do? Is it time for me to look for a new job? [more inside]
posted by Mountain28 on Feb 23, 2013 - 2 answers

What can I learn in two weeks?

I'm feeling a bit burnt out from my job, and will be moving soon, so I've requested (and was approved) for two weeks of vacation at the end of February. Originally, I thought I'd be taking a university course, but I'm not. I'd rather not waste these two weeks, so I'd like to learn something completely new. [more inside]
posted by ethidda on Jan 14, 2013 - 8 answers

Wait, what IS economics anyways?

I read this article and I'm fascinated by the effects of current events on how money moves through the world and how money seems to affect other money. I've found a new interest! But, I don't even know what it's called! How can I study this? [more inside]
posted by windykites on Nov 8, 2012 - 8 answers

Learning more about China - where do I start?

Can you recommend me podcasts, books, TV documentaries, articles or journals (in English) where I could learn more about China, such as Chinese politics, history, culture and other important things?
posted by EatMyHat on Oct 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me find the right "learn Spanish" app!

I spend a lot of time sitting around waiting, with my iPhone. I also spend a fair amount of time having very similar conversations, in my very poor conversational spanish, with native-speakers who (usually due to tragic life circumstances) lack education in their own language. What I don't do is expand my vocabulary or learn proper grammar. As a consequence, while I can usually understand the gist of what people say and make myself generally understood, I don't understand the details, can't express myself precisely, and I'm not getting any better at any of those tasks. [more inside]
posted by Nx on Oct 6, 2012 - 13 answers

App to Familiarize Myself With a Word List?

I have a list of several hundred words that I know and like, but often forget to use in conversation or in writing (I compiled it by jotting down words I find myself fishing around for). I'd like to better familiarize myself with them, so that they're more in the "front of my mind" for regular use. Can anyone suggest an appropriate iOs app or Web app I can access on my iPhone? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Oct 4, 2012 - 11 answers

#wrapper { smart-level= 0% }

Please help me overcome this weird language hump I have with CSS. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Oct 1, 2012 - 26 answers

Looking to learn to make chocolates

I want to learn to make some serious chocolates, like the kind you buy in a heart shaped box but even tastier. I need technique and recipes to take me from learning to properly melt chocolate to making the creamy insides. Do you have books, videos, or websites that could help me?
posted by Foam Pants on Sep 24, 2012 - 8 answers

Make me a master of (free) time!

How do I make the best use of my free time? [more inside]
posted by Tevin on Sep 10, 2012 - 12 answers

checkButton1 = Tkinter.Checkbutton(master=root, command=lambd GAH FORGET IT I GIVE UP

I'd like your recommendations for online learn-to-touch-type software! [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Aug 22, 2012 - 4 answers

Do I listen to 8 year old or let her read quietly for summer homework?

Should I let my 8 year old read out loud to me for summer reading comprehension? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Jul 6, 2012 - 20 answers

How can I teach myself feng shui? Any books worth recommending?

How can I teach myself feng shui? Any books worth recommending? [more inside]
posted by jpritcha on Jun 30, 2012 - 3 answers

Kindle/Nook and learning Spanish

Kindle (or Nook) and Spanish books+Dictionary [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on May 31, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me learn how to draw simple comic style drawings.

I'm writing a book. I want to draw very simple black & white comic strip style cartoon drawings to go with it. PROBLEM: I can't draw. Heck, I don't even doodle. But I can learn! What books/websites/iTunes U/online classes/etc are out there? Got any advice or knowhow to pass along? Help me get started! [more inside]
posted by Mr Ected on May 19, 2012 - 10 answers

Where can I find studyblue alternatives?

My favorite study website removed its note-taking feature. I want to find another virtual backpack service with as many options as studyblue used to have. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by mekko on May 11, 2012 - 5 answers

How to teach myself Latin?

I want to teach myself Latin. Where should I start? What are some good resources? Is it feasible? [more inside]
posted by moons in june on Apr 29, 2012 - 15 answers

How to obtain recent Foreign Service Institute learning materials?

How do I obtain newer Foreign Service Institute language learning coursework and education materials? [more inside]
posted by andendau on Mar 31, 2012 - 3 answers

A tutti piace l'odore dei gatti. Ragni.

I'm starting to learn Italian. Can you give me any tips and/or resources that helped you learn Italian? Preferably online/free; examples inside. Also, please give me fun Italian pop! [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Mar 12, 2012 - 13 answers

Help a skateboarder understand skateboards

Please explain skateboards to me. Decks, bearings, trucks, bushings, wheels. Hardness, softness, size, other attributes, etc. [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume on Jan 15, 2012 - 7 answers

Help with the music

My little almost-4-year-old loves music and singing. I think she'd enjoy learning to play an instrument. 1) What would you instrument would you recommend? 2) What instruction method is best (most enjoyable and effective)?
posted by leotrotsky on Jan 6, 2012 - 29 answers

Cranium is not a sufficient learning tool

What are your favorite clay sculpting beginners' resources? [more inside]
posted by xqwzts on Dec 20, 2011 - 2 answers

Web resources for student pilots.

Student Pilot Filter: can you recommend web resources for a student pilot: forums, blogs, podcasts, websites. (Et cetera.) [more inside]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop on Dec 14, 2011 - 2 answers

I know how to X! Can I help you with that?

What should I learn to become a better and more-helpful person? [more inside]
posted by Kippersoft on Dec 12, 2011 - 36 answers

When should I let my child pick her own books if I disagree with them?

When should I let my child read Harry Potter and Diary of a Wimpy Kid?? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Dec 12, 2011 - 60 answers

How to learn social guitar in eight weeks?

I'm going to practice guitar half an hour a day for the next 56 days. I've never played an instrument before, and I'd like to learn basic social guitar. What goals make sense for that timeframe, and how should I practice? [more inside]
posted by jhc on Nov 6, 2011 - 20 answers

Considering buying an old pickup truck (Hilux), and teaching myself how to maintain/repair it. Where to begin?

Considering buying an old pickup truck (Hilux), and teaching myself how to maintain/repair it. Where to begin? [more inside]
posted by MetaMonkey on Sep 3, 2011 - 9 answers

How can I learn more about the technology of my industry?

How can I get more tech-y? [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game on May 13, 2011 - 9 answers

Any tips for an older learner driver (UK)?

I'm going to learn to drive a car. I have never driven a car before (unless you count, like, dodgems). I'm in my late 30s, and have recently moved to a town on the edge of nowhere (in Wales). The idea of driving is beginning to make me nervous. It's a combination of the "it's hard to learn when you're old" thing, the "rural place so no dual carriageways" thing, and the "oh my all those cars seem to go so fast" thing. What can I do to make this easier? Are there any "learning to drive for dummies" books that are worth getting? Or should I just stop panicking, bite the bullet and book myself some lessons?
posted by handee on Apr 17, 2011 - 38 answers

How can I learn to like dancing?

I'm a guy. I'm 31. I live in San Francisco. I've never really liked dancing in any sense of the word--how can I change this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 27, 2011 - 21 answers

The Power of Excel Compels You!

Help me pass a test using Excel (special snowflake banking industry questions inside). [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Mar 24, 2011 - 8 answers

Where can I learn to play traditional instruments in Hawaii?

I'm travelling to Hawaii this summer and want to spend a couple of days learning ukulele, steel guitar or slack-key guitar in the traditional Hawaiian style. I have some music background so I'm looking for more than just a tourist novelty class. Any suggestions from local experts? [more inside]
posted by ChristopherS on Mar 7, 2011 - 6 answers

Rarely is the questioned asked: Is our Mail clients learning?

Why doesn't my Apple Mail junk filter learn? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Dec 9, 2010 - 5 answers

Let it flow

I'd like to use rap to get some kids into writing / performing. [more inside]
posted by nicolin on Dec 7, 2010 - 4 answers

ideas sought for living and working in el mundo hispanohablante...soon!

American citizen wants to spend some months living in a Spanish-speaking country and at least break even. Halp! Details within. [more inside]
posted by threeants on Nov 30, 2010 - 13 answers

How can I become more intelligent?

How can I become more intelligent? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 7, 2010 - 44 answers

Help me develop a curriculum for a Wordpress course

I'm creating and teaching a course on Wordpress. If you were paying to watch my videos, what would you hope to find in such a course? [more inside]
posted by brenton on Sep 4, 2010 - 10 answers

Games that you can learn from

Just spent ages playing a geography game (Globetrotter XL) and my understanding of the globe is now way better. What are some other great online games I might learn something from playing?
posted by MetaMonkey on Sep 4, 2010 - 10 answers

Broaden my horizons, one search at a time...

Spare 5 minutes. What do I type into Google to learn or laugh?
posted by SueDenim on Aug 31, 2010 - 14 answers

I turn the tap on and there's water there..... Yep.

I am woefully (and willfully I guess) ignorant. What's the best way to remedy this? [more inside]
posted by Small Pockets on Aug 8, 2010 - 21 answers

What's a good way to expand one's vocabulary?

What's a good way to expand one's vocabulary? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jul 16, 2010 - 23 answers

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