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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  1. 1. fluent
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  2. 2. Make a Poison Ivy Costume
    28 people
  3. 3. change my relationship with food.
    3 people
  4. 4. be a magazine editor
    33 people
  5. 5. be in a relationship
    226 people
  6. 6. Fall in love
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  7. 7. Play more tennis
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volunteer at a crisis hotline

Only lasted 2 years, but what I learned it training will last me a lifetime

travel through spain

España, ¡que país más linda!

speak spanish
My life goal...A mi me fascina todo que tiene que ver con esta idioma!

Pues, supongo que ya he hecho esto, pero depende de tu definición de “hablar.” ¿Hablar como un hispanohablante? ¿Poder leer cualquier libro normal sin problemas? ¿Poder recordar cualquier conjugación sin vacilación? Para eso, ¡tengo muchisima para aprender!

I guess I technically have accomplished this, but it depends on your definition of “speak.” To speak like a native speaker? To be able to read any normal book with no problems? To be able to watch a movie with no subtitles? To be able to recall any conjugation without hesitation? For all that, I have A LOT to learn!

However, I have studied Spanish throughout high school, three years of college, and lived with a non English-speaking Spanish family in Spain for four months. In Spain I was taught history, classic literature, conversation, and mass media by native Spanish speakers without any use of any English (other than my dictionary). I can joke around and talk pop culture or politics to a decent, though limited degree.

To many people, my qualifications certianly classify as “speaking” Spanish. To me, though, I always ask myself how I would answer this question to a native speaker in the US. Yes, I speak Spanish, but I still need the support of my subtitles, and I still need native speakers to speak clearly or repeat themselves. I avoid verbs and conjugations that I don’t have memorized. So, Native Speaker, am I like you? NO

Put I’m still proud and will NEVER stop learning!


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