Ask the Readers: What New Skill Do You Want to Learn?

By Ashley Jacobs on 6 September 2016 58 comments

Editor's Note: Congratulations to MelodyJ, Elena, and Natasha for winning this week's contest!

One way to keep growing as a person is to learn new things and acquire new skills. These skills may help you professionally, socially, or financially, or they might simply add more fun to your day. No matter what, learning a new skill is hardly ever a bad thing!

What new skill do you want to learn? Why that skill? Do you know someone who can teach you, or a place where you can learn?

Tell us about a new skill you want to learn and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!

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We're doing three giveaways — here's how you can win!

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I'd love to learn cake decorating. It would save money in the future because I could just make my own cakes for family and maybe even sell some for friends.

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Karen Patterson

I would like to learn how to code.

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Mami2jcn

I'd like to learn how to paint.

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Elena

I want to learn to play piano

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Cathy

I'd like to take a drawing class!

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Jenny D

I'm still working on the latest skill I'm learning, which is raised bed gardening. I've been learning as I go for the last two summers. I've added two new beds each year so far. Some of the veggies will be repeated and some I won't regrow. I'd love to add some asparagus next year. I grew up on a farm but most of what I learned, I'd forgotten over the years. I do ask my mom for advice.

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Julie Wood

I always wanted to learn how to play the piano!

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Ernest S.

I really want to learn how to develop apps. I think it will be a nice creative and potentially income-generating hobby for me.

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Gina

I would like to learn computer programming so I can get a better job. I can learn online or take classes at a community college.

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Letticia Vickner

I want to learn how to do calligraphy! Something that never goes out of style

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Lisa

I would love to learn how to draw. I follow a few artists on Facebook and Instagram and I think it's amazing how they can create worlds. I have always said the best I can draw is Gumby but I would love to learn how to really draw. I watch on-line videos but haven't put in the time yet.

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sindaset

I want to learn to play piano !

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Olivia

Mushroom hunting. I'd have to find an instructor. It's not anything I'd want to attempt on my own.

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Natasha

I want to learn basic sewing. Enough to mend things better than currently am and make minor alterations. My local library offers a basic class to help get started.

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Kellie

I would love to learn more about photography. I have a decent eye for photography but don't know much of the technical aspects.

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Ashley S

I have always wanted to learn how to cook!

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Monique Hubert

I'd like to learn German, for fun, to challenge myself, and to use when I visit Germany. I'm hoping to use the Duolingo app and to supplement with internet resources and library books.

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Susan Smith

I would love to learn how to sew.

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Suz_Glo

I would like to learn how to sew. I have a very nice sewing machine and lots of supplies that my mother gave me when she downsized her home. I remember watching her create clothes and household items and it always seemed like magic! I hope to take a class at the community college soon. I think it could be a fun hobby and a good skill to have.

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V

Coding for websites!

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MelodyJ

I want learn how to sew. It can be hard to find clothes that fit me well. I will probably have to use online videostore both free and paid.

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Bridgett

I would love to learn how to do stain glass.

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Ashley Park

I would love to learn web design and how to make a website.

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Christina

I want to learn to type faster and more accurately, I have started practicing with free websites that give speed tests and practice drills.

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Susan P.

I want to learn how to play the guitar. I have an electric guitar that I won and now I need some lessons or online tutorials.

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Mary W

I have wanted to learn how to properly plant, maintain and harvest a vegetable garden. I just joined a group that does that so I am about to learn a lot of new things!

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Betty D

I would love to learn to do stand up paddle boarding! I would also like to learn to sew.

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Donna D

Learn to speak and understand Spanish for work.

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Liz

I would like to learn how to take better photos.

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Michelle D.

I would love to learn flower arranging and photoshop.

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Jeff

any skill that I could use to generate a small amount of income as I'm travelling around the country in retirement.

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Tracy

I would love to learn to decorate cookies. I think painting with royal icing would force me to slow down and be patient. :) A win-win, right? :)

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Susan

I want to learn how to dehydrate food and use the food in recipes. I have purchased a dehydrator and started reading a dehydrator book. I'm on my way!

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natasha

I would love to learn to play the piano!

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Summer I.

I love to bake and decorate but I am not that great. I think it would be a great skill to learn. I would love to take a class.

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Christina

I would love to learn to play the ukelele!

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Michelle G

I would love to learn all the ins and outs of photoshop- it would be great to use for fun, or for my personal business!

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Miss Kim

I want to learn how to pole dance!

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JD

I would like to learn how to play the guitar and learn Spanish

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Rebecca Ross

I would love to learn Spanish and how to draw and paint.

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Laurajj

I have always wanted to learn how to sew! I would love to make doll clothes for my niece, and quilts would be so neat to make!

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Mayur

I want to learn how to solve a Rubik's cube.

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Louly

I would love to take singing lessons and learn how to sing.

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Raina

Social skills. I'm introverted (though not shy) and tend to keep to myself. But I envy extroverts and wish I could be more like them.

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Elle

I have always wanted to learn how to play the violin.

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Matt

I want to learn how to grill.

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James

Working for a software company, I think it would be great to learn PowerShell. It seems that the trend towards cloud solutions will create an opportunity for tech workers who know PowerShell to be more in demand.

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SKB

I would like to become fluent in Spanish

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Bethany M

I want to be fluent in a foreign language.

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Tabathia B

I would love to know more about computers, be able to cook like my grandmother and able to do more crafts and have more ideas on how to do them with my kids

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BRB

I'm learning how to run and manage a small business!

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Catseye

There are so many skills I'd like to learn, I can't list them all! Right now, I really would like to learn all about cooking. I envy people who can cook from scratch.

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Maura

I want to learn to dance. It's something I've never been able to do well and have to sit out at weddings and other occasions.

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Carmen Henry

I would love to be able to afford acting classes and learn to play the piano. As a 59-year old disabled woman surviving on Social Security Disability my desires seem limited to me right now.

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Guest

One I want to continue learning and practicing is Spanish. But a completely new skill I would like to learn is to paint

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Happy Love

I want to learn sewing.

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Michael K

The new skill I would like to learn is photography.

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Guest

I am learning to write a book. I want to ensure that I have passed all the wisdom I have that my kids may find helpful in life, so I am writing a book that I will give each a copy. It will have everything from financial advice to how to conduct yourself to have a joyous life.

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Ana Lee

I would love to learn to bake better.

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An G

I would love to learn how to make furniture out of recycled wood.

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Holly Sanford

I would love to take a photography course so I could take professional pictures.

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Marcia

I would like to learn French! After studying Spanish in high school and Italian in college, French is next on my foreign language list.

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amanda sakovitz

I would love to learn how to meditate.

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Lynda

i'd like to learn hand lettering or calligraphy and coding

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CF

I want to learn how to change a tire.

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Cassidy Lopez

I want to learn how to do nail art.

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Thomas Murphy

I want to learn to be a good cook.