Perhaps you’ve taken a year of Spanish, and you feel comfortable enough in your language skills to finally take that vacation to a Spanish speaking country. While you may be intimidated, if you have the basics down, you’ve got nothing to worry about. Spanish is Your Amigo is here to teach you ten key phrases that are great to begin a conversation, or to interject when you don’t know what else to say. Master these, and no one will guess that Spanish isn’t your native language.
Everybody was Kung Fu fighting... And soon, you will be too! In this intro lesson, Master Wong walks you through the basic moves and philosophies of Wing Chun. This close-combat Chinese martial art is a great self-defense technique. Learn some stretches and exercises to warm-up, then jump into an energy drill to practice holding the line of your body when striking and pushing. See a grab and pull that can divert your opponent, and get tips on moving your feet without losing control of your body.
Knock it out of the park with help from this power bag drill! This lesson from Performance Factory Baseball teaches you an exercise to improve the explosive power and drive of your baseball bat swing. The lesson offers tips for the stance, form, angle, and direction of your swing. This drill will also develop hand, wrist, and core strength.
If you’re hitting the beach, why not hit the waves? Part 1 of 8, this lesson from Canggu Surf School introduces you to the basics of surfing. Learn about the parts of a surfboard (nose, tail, rail, deck, din, and leash), the surf break, and different kinds of tides. See how to position your body, legs, and arms on the surfboard, and get step-by-step instructions on how to paddle. You’ll also hear about some of the common problems in surfing form and how best to avoid them.
You've set up Twitter, Facebook, blog, and Pinterest accounts for your business... so why is nothing happening? In this lesson from Lyra Communications, learn how long social media marketing takes to kick in, and why. While advertising results in a sudden spike then fall in interest, social media builds interest gradually over time, particularly for start-ups. Get estimates on how long it will take to see an impact, and find out why social media is worth the investment despite the wait.
Improve your rock climbing with these helpful hints about employing your center of gravity! This lesson from Rock Climb Tips teaches you how to find the balance point in your body, which tends to be different for men and women. Learn how to position your hand and your body around holds to keep your balance, use the diagonal of your body to maximize your reach, and compensate for any loss in balance.
If your creativity can't be constrained to a single ink color, try sponge daubing on stamps - where sponges are used to blend many colors directly onto the stamp. This lesson from Fabulously Artsy Studio reviews the different types of sponges and offers tips on how to sponge daub. Be sure to apply the lighter color first, followed by the darker colors!
Art is subjective; there are no rules, and there is no authority for what is good—other than yourself. In this wirework jewelry lesson from B’Sue Boutique, learn how to make an unconventional charm bracelet. These free-form pieces are unique to each artist, and require only balance and flow, and that you like how your creation looks. You’ll need some Beadsmith silver wire, a form to wrap around, some beads and charms, pliers, nippers, and most importantly, creativity.
There’s nothing quite like biting into a vine-ripened organic tomato—no store-bought fruit can compare! Tomatoes are not a high maintenance crop, growing quickly given adequate sun and water. But to ensure high fruit yields as well as a healthy plant, learn about pruning and diseases that affect tomatoes. In this lesson, California organic gardener Trisha teaches you when and how to prune your plant, and how to avoid common problems like cracking or leathery skin, blotchy ripening, and blight.
Do you love Greek mythology and the art of ancient Greece? Learn about a mythic monster from the Classical World, the original femme-fatale, the Gorgon Medusa. Through Greek sculpture, painting and poetry, this lesson explores Medusa’s lineage, background, and tragic curse. In this lesson, Lucas Livingston, a historian at the Art Institute of Chicago, discusses the possible origins of this haunting myth. As Lucas tells the tale of Medusa, he will also cover the Clash of the Titans, Perseus, Poseidon, and Athena.
A thesis statement is the first and most important piece of any essay—whether you call it a controlling idea or a unifying concept, your paper must have one. But a thesis doesn’t just state your position on whatever matter you are writing about; it also provides a road map for constructing the body of your essay, an outline for you to follow. In this lesson from David Taylor, learn a simple formula to create a thesis; once you have a solid thesis, your paper will be a delight to write.
Frog in your throat but a song in your heart? In this lesson from Vocal Edge, learn some emergency quick tips to soothe your throat and rescue your voice when you're sick before singing. Find out what's happening to your body when you have a cold and how it affects your larynx and vocal cords. Take an expectorant and anti-inflammatory, and drink a gallon of water each day. Try a sinus rinse, humidifier, or menthol-free cough drops. Should you be drinking black tea or herbal? Watch to find out!
Show off your slideshow skills with this tutorial in the basics of PowerPoint! In this beginner lesson from Motion Training, learn to create professional and engaging slideshows. See how to: add slides; create bullet points; write and edit text make custom slide layouts; format your presentation with themes; add images, animate your presentation; and much more. Although this lesson is specific to PowerPoint 2010, the concepts presented here can be applied to any edition of PowerPoint.
How does a law with majority support not end up getting passed? In this lesson, Hip Hughes explains what the filibuster is: where it came from, and how it is used by a Senate minority group to prevent a law from being passed. The filibuster has changed a lot since the days when Mr. Smith went to Washington; with this information, you can decide whether or not that is for the best.
Become a twinkle-toes... literally! This lesson from Boat People teaches you to brighten up a pair of old thrift store shoes by adding sparkle to the toes. This fun and easy project uses just glitter, mod podge, a brush, and some masking tape. Tape off the end of the shoe, brush on some mod podge, and apply the glitter. For added glamour, swap out the laces for a shiny ribbon!
Become familiar with the tools and materials required to solder. This lesson teaches you the proper way to cut, clean, and deburr pipe, and demonstrates proper flux application (flux is not only for the pipes you are soldering, but also for the pipe fitting). After watching Seth demonstrate with ½ in. copper pipe, you will be well on your way to safe soldering, and repairing your own plumbing in no time!
Learn how to build the main piano chords—major, minor, diminished, and augmented—that form the basis of harmony. The second in a series of seven, this lesson will teach you how to recognize and play bright and dark interval patterns to achieve musical chords that are frequently used in both the harmony and melody of songs. Once you have learned these patterns, you are well on your way to mastering any chord you encounter in piano music!
Inspired by the leading ladies of Mad Men? Achieve their classic cat eye look by following the beauty tips outlined in this lesson. Learn how to smoothly apply eye makeup to create a beautiful and subtle look that can be worn day or night. Spoiler alert! Use a counter or table to steady your hand as you apply your eyeliner - this will help avoid wobbly lines!
For more beauty and style tips, check out the Cat Eye post on Pink Pistachio's blog.
Your favorite jeans may be expensive, or maybe they just fit perfectly. But just because a hole appears in your favorite Levis or Lucky’s doesn’t mean that you need to retire them. Extend the life of your jeans (and save some cash while you are at it) by learning how to repair them. All you need is a thick piece of cloth, scissors, straight pins, thread and the zig zag stitch on your sewing machine. They may not last forever, but your favorite jeans just got a new lease on life.
Confused about why there are electoral votes in US presidential elections? Learn about the Electoral College and the part it plays in choosing the president. In this lesson, HipHughes will explain how electoral votes work, how they are allocated, and why the media pays such close attention to the election map.
Turn heads with your fabulous booty! In this lesson from Kacie Fischer, learn how to shape and tone a fabulous derrière using only a weight and a pair of good shoes. Kacie shows you how to maximize three drills that target your glutes: the single arm snatch, the reverse lunge, and squat jumps (and remember, if a drill uses only one arm or leg at a time, make the most of your workout and repeat the drill with the other arm or leg). Maximize this workout for a perfectly sculpted backside!
Do you love Korean BBQ? Now you can grill Korean style beef at home following this simple recipe - and you don’t even need a barbecue to make this delicious treat! Learn how to marinade your beef in soy sauce, sesame oil, green onion, red pepper flakes, honey, and garlic. Honeysuckle Catering teaches you how to grill your beef perfectly.
Time to hang ten, man! You've managed your surfing takeoff, now ride your first wave. Part 4 of 8 from Canggu Surf School, this lesson teaches you to stand on and steer your surfboard. Learn to hold your body in the mid position with your knees slightly bent - and turn by shifting weight to your back foot and looking toward where you want to go. Be sure to look straight ahead rather than down when turning, or you'll find yourself in deep water!
Holidays and birthdays often mean expensive travel plans and gifts. If you are working to pay down your debt and are on a strict budget, you may be tempted to call the occasional birthday meal out or housewarming gift an “emergency,” justifying the use of a credit card to make the purchase. Instead of digging yourself deeper in debt, create a “sinking fund”! Learn how to plan all year for expected expenses, so that you don’t find yourself in a financial crisis come the holidays.