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It doesn’t take long after you leave school or college for you to realize that there are some skills and topics you wish you had studied. Unfortunately, once you enter the working world, it becomes almost impossible to find the time for after-hours lessons and courses.

Luckily there are a variety of apps available on Android that can teach you different skills — from more general learning apps to ones catered towards a specific skill.

Here are some new skills that you can learn using only an app on your phone.

1. Learn a New Language

Android users have a host of language-learning apps Five Free Apps to Help You Learn A Foreign Language Five Free Apps to Help You Learn A Foreign Language Whether you're gearing up to go on your summer holidays, studying for exams, or just want to expand your mind, it's always a great time to learn a foreign language. Read More to choose from. Your decision should be based on the specific language you want to learn and the way you want to learn it. Languages such as English, Japanese, Mandarin, French, and Spanish are covered by most of the major apps. You can also find apps solely geared towards a specific language.

When choosing an app, take three things into consideration: which language you want to learn, what you want to prioritize, and the quality of the app.

Memrise is an especially interesting language app, as it gamifies your learning 3 Unusual Ways Gamification Is Changing Your Life Today 3 Unusual Ways Gamification Is Changing Your Life Today Gamification is about motivation, participation, and loyalty. It is a popular trend and a powerful business strategy. But have you noticed its subtle impact on your daily life? Read More . The app also comes with an extensive catalog of languages from around the world.

Meanwhile, Mondly has a great chat bot that can recognize phrases and check your pronunciation. There is one central app, with a series of smaller apps that focus on one language each.

Duolingo is another major player in the language app sphere, and it can remind you daily to keep practicing.

Many of these apps are free, with additional in-app purchases or subscription options if you want to upgrade your experience.

Download: Memrise (Free)
Download: Mondly (Free)
Download: Duolingo (Free)

2. Learn to Code

Software and web developer skills are in high demand across the world, so it’s no wonder why many people want to dip their toes into the coding world. Unfortunately, many of us missed out on taking any traditional courses in this field.

But SoloLearn is an app that will let you learn these skills outside of the classroom. It teaches popular coding languages such as C#, JavaScript, and SQL. Rather than acting as an editor to make coding easier Top 5 Javascript Editors That Can Make Coding Much Easier Top 5 Javascript Editors That Can Make Coding Much Easier These days, there are only five editors worth your consideration when writing JavaScript. You can find dozens of alternatives, but none of them hold a candle to these, so don't waste your time. Read More , this app is intended to teach or hone coding skills.

Much like Mondly, SoloLearn also has a suite of apps. There is one central SoloLearn app and a variety of supplementary apps that focus on a single coding language each. You can start off with easier coding languages like HTML, or sink your teeth into some of the more complex ones.

Download: SoloLearn (Free)

3. Learn to Play an Instrument

Want to impress people with your music skills but forgot to learn an instrument? Well, Yousician offers a solution for those looking to learn guitar, bass, ukulele, or piano.

The app caters to every skill level — as long as you have the instrument you want to learn how to play. One great thing about Yousician is that it provides feedback after it listens to you play your instrument. This is something that a guitar book or a site for learning music theory 5 Best Sites to Learn the Basics of Music Theory 5 Best Sites to Learn the Basics of Music Theory Are you someone who loves music? Use one of these great sites to learn a little bit more about what makes music what it is. Read More usually can’t do.

It also includes tools to help you tune your instrument, and friendly instructors to guide you through tutorials.

Download: Yousician (Free)

4. Learn How to Work Out Better

Most people know how to jog or do jumping jacks, but when it comes to more specialized exercises, those of us who never set foot in a gym might find our knowledge lacking. There are always fitness tracking apps 13 Fitbit Fitness Tracking Tips You May Not Be Using Yet 13 Fitbit Fitness Tracking Tips You May Not Be Using Yet Your Fitbit is there to help you achieve your fitness goals. There are a few more things you can get out of your favorite fitness tracker. Try these Fitbit tips today. Read More — but these simply tell you how much your exercising and don’t teach you anything new.

There’s no need to go hire a personal trainer, though. The Google Play Store is packed with workout and exercise training apps 5 Free Workout Apps and Sites Guaranteed to Get You Moving 5 Free Workout Apps and Sites Guaranteed to Get You Moving Now, it's easier than ever to skip a gym membership and use bodyweight exercises to get fit. These free apps promise to get you fit in no time. Read More to get you in your best shape. While some of these apps use gimmicks (e.g. “how to get a flab-free belly”), the well-established players in the market actually teach you exercises to meet your specific goals.

For example, FitStadium will let you choose between focusing on cardio and losing weight, or strength training. You can even choose which parts of your body you want to train. FitStadium relies on user feedback to customize routines, especially if exercises are too easy or difficult.

The 7 Minute Workout Use Free 7 Minute Workout Videos To Get Into Shape [Stuff to Watch] Use Free 7 Minute Workout Videos To Get Into Shape [Stuff to Watch] There are lots of YouTube videos that can show you exactly how your workouts should be going, and they won't cost you a penny. Read More app is also a favorite for many users. The app accepts that most of us don’t have a lot of spare time to do training, so it provides high intensity workouts that take very little time.

You will just need to decide what exactly your fitness goal is and choose an app that will help you get there.

Download: FitStadium (Free)
Download: 7 Minute Workout (Free)

5. Learn About Nearly Anything

There are quite a few educational apps for learning courses 7 Best Educational Apps For Android To Learn Something New 7 Best Educational Apps For Android To Learn Something New A free education is actually readily available on Android. Let's run through all the best apps for learning new things! Read More from different institutions, but Udemy has some of the best variety. The app boasts over 1,200 topics, though some of those are locked behind in-app purchases. However, there is still a lot you can learn from the free courses.

A great feature is the ability to cast the app to different devices, such as your Chromecast. Instead of huddling over your smartphone, you can comfortably watch lessons and presentations on your television.

The topics covered by the app aren’t focused on one or two industries, as is the case with some other online learning apps. Udemy allows you to learn anything from IT to Photography. It also provides training for specific software, such as Microsoft Excel.

Download: Udemy (Free)

Which Apps Do You Use to Learn New Skills?

While this list of apps has some pretty great options, there is a vast landscape of skill-training apps in the Android world. Apps like Memrise and Yousician can give you new skills, but there are also those that expand your knowledge and even games that train your brain Exercise Your Brain With These 7 Free Mobile Games Exercise Your Brain With These 7 Free Mobile Games Looking for games that make you use your brain? These free mobile games let you put on your thinking cap. Solve puzzles, create words, and think creatively to stay mentally fit with these apps. Read More .

Thanks to the internet and app developers, you don’t need to pay tuition to learn valuable skills.

Do you use any apps to teach yourself new things? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Amy
    October 11, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Thanks for you great article!
    I've used Memrise to learn Norwegian for a few months now, and I highly recommend this app. The SoloLearns' apps looks amazing, I'll try HTML first and then keep learning. I'm also using Coursera's app to learn Digital Marketing, there are plenty of free courses available. HelloTalk is also a good app to meet people around the world and practice the language you are learning :)

  2. Andile Magwaza
    July 22, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    It's a great list, definitely will be giving a few of these a try. I find Elevate as a great learning app to touch up on English and Sworkit is shweet work out app.

    • Megan Ellis
      July 22, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      Thanks for the comment :) I've found these apps very useful. I'm especially using the language apps to touch up of languages I know but haven't used in a while, and I'm hoping to learn some Zulu too.