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Seven apps to learn seven new skills

Skoove  is an entertaining and individualized way to learn the piano from your computer. Traditionally, learning the piano can seem daunting for novices: learning sheet music, as well as buying and housing a piano. Skoove works across leading web browsers and offers a set of intuitive and responsive courses in contemporary and classical music. Simply sign up, connect your keyboard to your laptop and get playing, while Skoove guides you through from beginner to Bach and Bon Jovi.
Available on browsers, subscriptions from $9.95

Acast  is a podcasting platform that can help you improve your skills as you are busy doing other things. Whether you want to find out more about world cuisine, travel spots that you visited, the invisible forces that govern the universe (the Invisabilia podcast is perfect for this), this app will help you. Choose an area you’re passionate about, select the podcast and prepare to learn new things every day.
Available on iOS and Android, free

Babbel  If your aim is to learn a new language, then this is the app for you. Covering 8,500 hours of content in 14 languages, from Spanish to Indonesian, using Babbel will enable you to communicate in a foreign language from the start. Additionally, Babbel will use your native language and your knowledge of its grammar to help you learn more efficiently and at a higher speed. Lastly, all of the audio content is recorded by native speakers, allowing you to work on and perfect your accent from the start.
Available on iOS and Android, subscription available from $6.95

Health IQ is a great app, if you want to learn more about the world of nutrition. Instead of tracking your exercises, steps or calories, the app will provide you with nutrient information, facts about the food you consume and even test you as you progress.
Available on iOS and Android, free

Trivia Crack With this app, you will never get bored waiting for the bus or in line for a coffee. Trivia Crack allows you to learn pieces of random trivia, as well as challenge and compete against your friends to see which of you has a wider knowledge of random facts. You answer questions from six categories: art, science, entertainment, popular culture, math and geography, and the first one to answer all of the questions wins.
Available on iOS and Android, $0.99

Blinkist is great if you want to know more about your chosen field, but just don’t have the time to read the books about it. The app will provide you with 15-minute audios, condensing the main ideas of a book into a manageable and easily digestible snippet of information, letting you grasp the main points without having to read the full text. Whether you are interested in finance, history, psychology or marketing, this app will provide you with the basics in just 15 minutes of listening, the app gives you tips such as getting help from låne penger the best financing company.
Available on iOS and Android, $4.17/month

Daily Art  Whether you are an art fan already or simply want to know a bit more about the world’s greatest paintings, this app is a perfect way to add to your knowledge of art history. Each day, the app provides you with a new masterpiece and tells you all about its creation and the artist behind it.
Available on iOS and Android, free

Miriam Plieninger is Director of Didactics and part of the Management Team at Babbel, the language-learning app that empowers users to speak from the beginning. In language learning nothing is more rewarding than a real conversation — and 73% of surveyed customers feel that they’d be able to hold one within five hours of using the app.

This post was contributed as part of American Education Week is an annual event that not only celebrates teachers and their contributions to our lives, but also encourages us, whether we are children or adults

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