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7 apps that can teach you something useful during your commute
Learn on the go.


Some dread it, others quite enjoy it as a way to spend a little time doing something you might not otherwise have time for – catching up on emails or TV shows or reading that book you got for Christmas.

But if you find yourself considering the commute wasted time then fear not. We’ve rounded up seven apps that will help you pass the time and teach you something useful at the same time.

You’re welcome.

1. Duolingo

If you’re already thinking of where you’ll be heading off to on your holidays this year and are worried about language barriers, then you need Duolingo.

It’s an easy way to learn a new language – or brush up on the language you learned at school. It works like a game, so you can earn points for correct answers, level up and race against the clock.

Available on iOS, Android and Windows.

2. Lumosity

Lumosity consists of games that help train your brain in lots of different ways.

We all know that your brain needs exercise in order to keep it sharp and Lumosity has lots of games that target different areas of the brain, from helping overcoming distractions to testing your reaction speeds.

Available on iOS and Android

3. Udemy online courses

If you fancy learning programming, design, business, photography and more then Udemy is the place to go.

With over 25,000 courses available – both paid for and free – chances are strong you’ll find something you would like to study there.

Available on iOS, Android and Windows

4. Khan Academy

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Khan Academy is where to go if you’re interested in brushing up more scholastic-themed subjects – for instance, if you’re heading back to college and need to do a maths test to apply.

But even if you’re not heading back to college,  there are loads of subjects to study just for the pure love of it, from art history to computer programming, economics or science.

Available on iOSAndroid and Windows. 

5. TED talks

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You probably know all about the TED talks, but just in case you don’t – they are talks given by a wide variety of experts in all sorts of fields. From architecture to positive psychology, business or health – there’s something in here for you no matter what your interests. And if you fancy expanding your horizons, then Ted is the place to go.

Available on iOS, Android and Windows.

6. Cookpad

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If you spend your commute salivating over what you’re going to have for dinner when you get home, then this is the app for you.

With hundreds of different recipes available no matter what you fancy eating – or have in the fridge – you’re sure to find a delicious recipe to cook on the way home.

Available on iOS, Android and Windows.

7. Calm

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If the only thing you want to do after a long day at work is chill out, then check out the Calm app. It will teach you meditation which you can do on your commute, bringing a sense of calm and ease to the latter half of your day.

Available on iOS and Android.

Feeling inspired to get learning done on your commute? Make sure to head over to Transport for Ireland and plan your journey from start to finish – so you won’t waste a  minute of valuable learning time. Transport for Ireland – your journey starts here. 

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