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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whaat is doing 6 things including…

learn spanish fluently


whaat has written 1 entry about this goal

learn Spanish

Immerse yourself.
Learn how to pronounce the vowel sounds. Get an agatha christie novel in english and also a spanish translation. Read them side by side, aloud or moving your lips silently. At the beginning you’ll be checking every sentence but as you progress through the book you’ll need it less and less. Why? Because Agatha Christie novels repeat the vocabulary since the stories almost always take place ina closed environment (ex.,hotel, country house, train) with limited characters who are described repeatedly by appearance and gestures, so you pick up synonyms for these. Finally, the grammar is straightforward and the translations use parallel Spanish grammar, and after a chapter or two you begin to get the correlation. Likewise the vocabulary has many cognates, words that look or sound similar.
Same thing with Spanish movies. Get the Spanish version of an English movie. Watch Spanish soap operas.
Solicit spanish supermarkets and businesses.
You can also go online and look at spanish newspapers and magazines and listen to spanish radio.
Then, invest in a ticket to a spanish speaking country or Puerto Rico. Just listen and see what you can understand and try to communicate.
Volunteer to work with the spanish-speaking community.
You will need eventually to have a native speaker to speak with, friend or tutor. If it’s a tutor, make sure the tutor helps you discuss the sorts of things you want to talk about, whether it’s sports or social justice or art or whatever, and doesn’t try to cram some formulaic textbook pap down your throat. If you can’t talk fluently about what you want to talk about or will actually have to talk about it will be very sad and lonely.


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