Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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IgorTerrible Love ALWAYS wins

Speak French fluently
On track...a few tips on learning French

I only really started learning 2 years ago and I can pretty much hold my own in a conversation but I need a break if I speak for long periods…I can understand most of what people say but I kind of go ‘gaga’ after a while…I am just not used to speaking for more than a few minutes so I am trying to watch all my French films without the subtitles to get my brain ‘frenched up’...

My 5 tips for rapid progress.
1. Watch LOTS of French films or any film with French audio (only French subtitles)
2. Always carry a French book to read (start with kiddies’ like ‘Le Petit Nicolas’ and jump to novels (Patrick Besson, Amèlie Nothomb), skip the adolescent’s- unless you are a masochist, they are difficult!) and a small notebook for new words and phrases- and read as much as possible, this will build your vocabulary faster than any neuro-whatsit doo dah.
3. Practice with a patient and encouraging native for at least an hour per week (try to avoid ‘I am French, therefore a ‘teacher’ already and have the right to be a ‘language nazi’ types- )
4. Have a good French-only method book with audio examples (I used ‘Forum’) and play those CDs til you know ‘em backwards
5. Dedicate seperate time to perfecting the French ‘R’ and all those ‘difficult’ vowels sounds and be merciless on getting your pronunciation ‘right’- make sure you internalise the sound first.

French is easy if you approach it in the right way, good luck!


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