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The 5 Craziest Things You Can Learn Online

There are a lot of things you can learn through the Internet. Most of the time, you are merely a Google search away from the knowledge you seek. The beauty of the web is that it offers something for everyone. In fact, the range of information and new skills you can learn is practically limitless. Whether it’s conventional or not-too-usual knowledge you seek, the Internet never fails to deliver.

Here is a list of some of the most interesting things you can learn online:

1. Day trading

If you know at least your investment terminologies, this may not be unusual at all. As a matter of fact, there is nothing inherently weird about day trading. It’s just a trading style after all. But perform a Google search on the topic and you’d see that it is a little controversial.

Day trading is when you buy and sell a security within a single trading day. You’ll typically find day traders in the stock market where they take advantage of minute price changes to make a profit. It’s almost like buying a diamond ring hoping to sell it for a higher price in a few hours. Needless to say, it is a highly risky endeavor which, in the hands of an amateur, can result in huge losses.

Much of the controversy around day trading originates from how it is depicted. Many scams online portray it as an effective get-rich-quick scheme. While day trading does have its merits, you will need a full understanding of the market to reap its perks. You may also need to have a little experience in the process of trading.

There are online courses that will help you obtain a fundamental understanding of the stock market. This is great for any activity related to investing. Some courses even go deeper and more specific, helping you develop the skills to become an effective day trader. They teach you not just the process, but also the analytical skills to maximize your profits. Certain platforms, such as Warrior Trading, uses market simulations to help you practice without losing real-world money.

2. Esperanto

In a world with around 7,000 languages, how do you make yourself understood? Today, English is often considered as THE international language. That wasn’t always the case.

Over the years, there have been several attempts to answer this question and provide a solution. Polish physician, Dr. Ludwig Zamenhof, created a distinct language called Esperanto. He intended for his creation to be used in international communication. While it did not become as popular as hoped, it accomplished what others did not. It stood the test of time. Today, millions of people around the world are learning and using this very young language.

There are a number of reasons behind its continued existence. First, Esperanto is easy to learn, requiring just a quarter of the time it takes to master a national language. Its vocabulary and grammar rules are uncomplicated. Even the accent is simple. Second, it belongs to no country, which means that its use involves little to no politics. Many see it as inclusive and an effective tool in bridging gaps created by race, religion, and affiliation.

If you seek to learn Esperanto, you don’t need to go to a formal school. The internet offers some truly rich resources, some of them free. Apps like Duolingo and italki include Esperanto among the languages they have on offer.

3. The djembe

The djembe is a type of drum that originated from West Africa. Its name came from a saying that translates to “everyone gathered together in peace.” We don’t know about you, but we think that’s a beautiful name.

Today, the djembe is still used in traditional African music ensembles. However, its use has spread to other countries, thanks to its distinct sound. If you listen to artist Paul Simon or if you’re a fan of Cirque du Soleil, chances are that you have heard and experienced the djembe.

Learning this percussion instrument is a great way to gain better understanding and appreciation of African culture. Owing to its relative obscurity, not a lot of schools offer tuition on its use. If you are determined to learn, online schools like Lessonface offers djembe courses. You learn through one-on-one sessions with expert musicians and not just through video lessons. As such, the process is as immersive as a class in a brick-and-mortar classroom.

4. LOLCODE

This is a programming language inspired by lolspeak popularized by the lolcat Internet meme. One can probably say it came from spending too much time online.

LOLCODE diverges away from other common coding languages in many ways, starting from the code itself. For example, while HTML begins and ends with and respectively, LOLCODE uses HAI (“Hi”) and KTHXBYE (“OK,” “Thanks,” and “Bye”) respectively. The language is not widely used in many websites, so it’s not very popular. As such, you won’t find many online platforms offering LOLCODE courses, if at all.

If you do want to learn conventional coding languages, this is a great way to start.

5. Patience

Everything moves so fast these days and nothing reminds us of this fact better than the smartphone. It enables you to accomplish many things within seconds. Whether it’s sending emails or ordering food, your phone helps you avoid waiting.

But if you want to develop the classic virtue called patience, your phone can help you with that, too. Mindfulness apps, such as Aware, offer plenty of guided meditations with different outcomes in mind. Some help you become more grateful, while others guide you out of anger or even a mental breakdown. Aware also offers meditations that can help you develop your patience, enabling you to face your day with a winning mindset and trump any challenges that may come your way.

The Internet is a great source of information, especially if you know where to look. Whether you’re searching for conventional knowledge or something a little less common, you’re sure to find something that fits your need. All you need is an open mind and the willingness to try.

 

Text by RJY
Image by Clem Onojeghuo