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Foreign-language shows, films on Netflix can boost vocabulary

With more time at home than ever, new hobbies and habits are popping up all over. One of those hobbies, for this journalist at least, is language learning. Whether you use Duolingo, Babbel, Rosetta Stone or any other app-based language learning program, it’s always exciting to find new ways of testing your vocab memory.

Staying connected with the arts: Arts streaming options for self-isolation

With Gov. Jay Inslee’s “stay home, stay healthy” order in effect, we’re all gearing up for another weekend at home. Luckily, the streaming options for the arts are only becoming more numerous. If ever there was a time to catch up on a few expertly crafted miniseries like HBO’s “Chernobyl” and all the other TV series your friends have been pestering you about, it is now. Tonight, the Metropolitan Opera will stream its 2012 production of Richard Wagner’s “Götterdämmerung,” conducted by Fabio Luisi and starring Deborah Voigt, Wendy Bryn Harmer, Waltraud Meier, Jay Hunter Morris, Iain Paterson, Eric Owens and Hans-Peter König. The last opera in Wagner’s “Ring Cycle,” “Götterdämmerung” continues the ring of power’s journey to its final resting place. If you loved J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” but have ever thought that it needed fewer Urukhai, more singing and/or more being “(cast) into the fire,” this is the show for you.

Bring the gym classes home with streaming workouts

With gyms and other recreational facilities closed to help stop the spread of coronavirus, you have to get creative to fit in your workout. But really, you only have to look as far as YouTube for inspiration. No matter your workout of choice, or your fitness level, there’s a channel for you. Here are just a few to consider: Yoga with Adriene