Learn to Code Online in 2021

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First things first: what is coding? Coding is a modern way of saying computer programming. It’s a skill and an art that allows people to design software, games and apps.

Why learn to code? What can you do if you learn how to become a programmer? And, most importantly, where can you learn this skill? In this blog we’re going to answer all of these questions so you can learn to code online.

Why Learn to Code?

Coding, or computer programming, is a job that’s been around for decades but has become very popular recently due to the influence of the internet and social media. Coding used to be seen as a job for geeks and loners, but now it’s considered a trendy job for cool, young people. More importantly, coders are in high demand. This isn’t just a job that people think is cool, but there are lots of job openings for people who have this skill. If you learn to code, you won’t be unemployed for long. Coding is also a job that pays well and, especially if you are a freelancer, allows you to have independence and choose what work you do and don’t do. As we wrote in a previous blog, these things are all key to a great job!

Which Coding Languages are Useful in 2021?

Ok, so now you’ve decided you want to learn how to code, but which programming languages should you learn? The options are almost endless, but here are some of the most popular:

  • Python: This is one of the most popular languages in 2021. It’s used to create many apps, improve the user interface of apps, and to analyse data and information.
  • Java: Some people consider this to be the perfect language for developers and programmers to learn. It’s the most popular programming language, especially if you are coding programmes and apps for Android.
  • C#: Pronounced C Sharp, this programming language is completely integrated into the Microsoft Windows system, so you can use it to build windows apps and browser plug-ins.

For more detailed information, check out this blog with the ten most popular languages at the moment.

Where Can I Learn to Code Online?

Coding might seem like an appealing job, especially the salaries, but where can you learn to code? Maybe you don’t have the time or money to take a university course. Well, have no fear, the internet is here! There are so many free resources now for people to learn this skill.

  • Codecademy: They have a big selection of free materials online to help you learn how to code, and they have dozens of languages to choose from.
  • freeCodeCamp: This is a great site for beginners who have no experience with coding. They’re great at teaching the basics, they have a very supportive online community if you have questions, and (as the name suggests) they’re free!
  • Udemy: This site doesn’t specialise in coding, but it’s a popular and trusted name in online education. It’s also not free, but with Udemy you know that you’ll get a high quality education


Now you have all the information you need, so go on and learn something new! Be bold, be creative, and show the world what you can do!


Match the bold words in the article to the definitions below

  1. (adj.) attractive or interesting.
  2. (n.) a person who is self-employed and hired by companies for specific projects.
  3. (n.) the part of a programme or app that the public sees and uses
  4. (adj.) describing somebody who takes risks and is confident
  5. (n.) a person who is not fashionable, but has a lot of knowledge about a topic
  6. (adj.) very fashionable, popular and up to date
  7. (ph.) to express that many people want something
  8. (n.) the programs used by a computer
  9. (n.) a person that prefers to be alone
  10. (ph.) has existed
  1. Appealing
  2. Freelancer
  3. User interface
  4. Bold
  5. Geek
  6. Trendy
  7. In demand
  8. Software
  9. Loner
  10. Has been around

This is Ingla School of English‘s weekly blog, intended as reading practise for our students in Turnpike Lane, in London, and around the globe. We hope you’ve enjoyed it and take a look at the rest of our writing, much of which has activities for teachers to use in the classroom.