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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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Omri in Seattle is doing 17 things including…

Learn another language

6 cheers


Omri has written 2 entries about this goal

japanese, step one: the pecking cuckoo method.

found this book, japanese @ once, at value village this week. i’m skeptical of the claim the title makes, but i suppose we’ll see, won’t we? at the very worst, it’s likely to at least turn my nippo-gibberish a bit more believable. and oooh, internet supported, how stylish. though i’m having trouble locating the support on their web page.

hey lookit that, i just briefly glanced at whatever page it fell open to and now i know how to say “home, please.” as in “i don’t understand your culture and society. they are foreign and alien to me. please mister taxicab driver person, kindly help me escape to the sanctuary of my abode.”

i take it that, whenever actually in japan, i’ll be carrying a note with the necessary address written on it for me at all times, of course.

Just enough to get by, everywhere.

I already speak Hebrew and English fluently and have a basic very rudimentary comprehension level in French, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese. I took Arabic in school for three years thinking I’d need it for my Israeli military service, then promptly forgot almost all of it when I wasn’t drafted. I failed French 101 in college not because I didn’t learn the language but because I was excessively tardy (see my number 2 goal for that.) I even had to study Afrikaans when I lived in South Africa for two months and the only thing I recall is how to properly pronounce “groot”, which really just means I kinda learned Dutch.

I’m fascinated by Japanese and speak a rather passable Nippo-Gibberish, meaning I’m able to make completely made up sounds seem like I actually know the langauge.

Other Asian tongues like Chinese (any form) or Korean I tend to find much too funny, so I’m not as out to learn them as much as badly imitate them. Horrible of me, I know.

A hint of Russian wouldn’t hurt. And some Czech, mostly because I wanna spend some serious time in Prague.

Dammit. Which one do I start with?

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