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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go to a ceilidh (read all 2 entries…)
I should do this soon

Now I’m back in the UK, it looks like there are a few ceilidhs coming up around Exeter:


learn italian (read all 2 entries…)

I’ve kept my learning regime up for another month.

I’m still working through mostly Pimsleur during my long commuting times; I’ve also completed the Michel Thomas introductory course. I’ve just completed Pimsleur Italian 3, lesson 9, and am pleased by how many responses my brain can make automatically, without me having to think things through – this is what Pimsleur is good for.

In DuoLingo I’ve recently passed the “Intermediate” milestone and practiced all my earlier skills that it flagged as deteriorating from lack of use.

I’ve also downloaded a 2,500 anki flash card deck and have been working through those, adding 15-20 new words a day. I think I’m going to remove a lot of structural words from the deck as it’s not meaningful to learn them in isolation (I might replace them with cards that use the structural words in a context).

Sometime in the next few weeks I want to find the opportunity to have a spoken conversation in Italian – whether in person or in Skype, to start building up some real conversational fluency.

I’ve also bought a couple of new courses – first, the Michel Thomas Vocabulary Builder (I think it’s discontinued, and is a bit of an unknown quantity as it has no reviews at all, for any language, on or which promises to dump a thousand words into my brain. We’ll see… The other is ‘Smart Italian’ beginners, a second-level course that aims to build up to listening to full-speed, natural Italian instead of the limited language often heard on courses.

I also plan to get Pimsleur Italian IV, which will probably be the last formal resource I’ll use – then I’ll move from Italian courses during my audio time in the car, to Italian podcasts and music (which I’ll mix in with my Spanish – by the time I’ve reached that stage in another 5 weeks or so, I shouldn’t be too much at risk of interference between mixing the languages.)

learn italian (read all 2 entries…)
Started a couple of weeks ago

I’ve learnt a little Italian before, but have decided it’s time for a concerted effort of at least a couple of months to get the basics down properly.

I’ve got Pimsleur and Michel Thomas courses, and a lot of commuting time in the car.

I started on September 23rd, and have already worked through Pimsleur I (all 30 lessons), 6 hours of Michel Thomas and have passed level 6 on DuoLingo. I’ve just started Pimsleur II, and exchanged a few simple emails with Italians (with plenty of mistakes they were kind enough to correct for me, but I think being able to communicate at all within two weeks of learning (at the time) is good going).

Next week I’ll carry on with Pimsleur II. They recommend one lesson a day, but I’m doing four! (This interferes with the intervalled repetition somewhat, so I’ll need to build in my own reviews).

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