SWERVE the January diet fads and instead try learning a new language this year.
As well as being useful on holiday, it can help to improve certain brain functions, including your memory and ability to solve problems.
Here is how to learn on a shoestring budget . . .
BE APPY: Download free app Duolingo and it can help to teach you the basics of 40-plus languages.
You progress through a series of levels, with the help of game-like lessons.
The app is easy to dip in and out of, so you can learn whenever you have some spare time.
Another free app, which offers lessons through quizzes and vocabulary games, is 50Languages.
Or free app HelloTalk matches you with someone who speaks the language you want to learn and who wants to improve their English, so you help each other.
SOCIAL LEARNINGS: If you like scrolling through Instagram, look for accounts that teach daily phrases or words in your chosen language.
Try Frenchwords and Spanish With Vicky.
NETFLIX AND SKILL: Make the most of your Netflix subscription and check out the streaming site’s foreign-language films.
This is a good way to become familiar with the rhythm and sounds of a new tongue.
You can also try putting on foreign subtitles when watching your favourite television shows.
SKILLS FOR LESSONS: Paying for language tuition can be a costly way to learn.
But by taking part in a “skills swap” you can get free lessons by donating your time and expertise in return.
Skills offered can be anything from cooking to DIY — or even helping someone else learn English.
Try looking for a partner on Gumtree.com/skills-language-swap.
Or through a “time bank” you can give one hour of your time to get one hour of help in return from someone else.
Find a local scheme at timebanking.org.
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Deal of the day
POP one of five Ghost mini pen sprays in your handbag and you can smell sweet all day.
The gift set is down from £25 to £15 at Superdrug.
KEEP your feet comfy in these soft and fluffy knitted rose slippers, £4.99, from Aldi, online only.
WAGAMAMA now has a £13 vegan version of kare lomen, with udon noodles in coconut broth and teriyaki “chicken”.
The launch is in partnership with food charity The Bread And Butter Thing, and aims to create a million free meals for low-income families.
NOURISH your skin with Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Or, £15.75 at sephora.co.uk.
The body oil leaves a glowing, subtle shimmer.
Or Primark Ps… Body Shimmer Oil, £4, does the same job for a budget price.
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EAT out for less with £10 off your food bill at any of Young’s 200 pubs when spending at least £30 this January.
The offer is available to new and existing users of the pub chain’s app On Tap.
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