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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Teach my wife Spanish.


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cafegroundzeroWe need to ramp up our Spanish lessons

Tomorrow I’ll start the children and hopefully Wilma on this series: 8 years ago

JP CreightonWell, she's not fluent, but she can carry her own!

And who’s to say she won’t get better with time?

Who cares? She’s my awin deah wife, an’ I loves ‘er, yes I do!

Y manyana es otro dia. And tomorrow is another day. 9 years ago

cafegroundzeroNow we can make small talk in Spanish

But we’re still learning and teaching.

We’re also teaching the children. 9 years ago

cafegroundzeroI bought a songbook which teaches basic conversation

Comes complete with a CD Rom. 9 years ago

cafegroundzeroLo estamos haciendo, poco a poco

It are we doing, little by little.

It is forming of itself, with our will, through His will, inshallah.

The learning we are doing is a family effort.

Me alegro poder decir esto, y gracias a Dios por todo. 9 years ago

cafegroundzeroHallelujah, I'm released! No teaching contract any more

And I continue to give a little lesson here, a little one there.

This evening, I explained the word “tecolote” a synonym in Mexican Spanish for “lechuza,” or “buho” (owl). I also sang a song about tecolote which my mother taught me when I was a lad. “Tecolote de Guadiana.” I think it was featured in a Disney film in the 60’s or 50’s. 9 years ago

cafegroundzeroI put in four hours a week teaching others,

and find it hard to make time to teach my own family. 9 years ago

cafegroundzeroWe've not done much

it may seem, in a structured way.

Just words here and there. But language is composed of words.

and facial expressions, hand signs, body language, tone, melody, rhythm.

We’ll also have to listen to more sound and music recordings in the Spanish, including Castillian and Mexican, I think. 9 years ago

JP CreightonHoy, la phrase clave sera' "?Donde esta' ('esto)?"

Our key phrase today is “Where is (this?)”

“Donde esta’ ‘esto (‘esta)?”

I’ve asked her to please help practice it with the ninyo y ninya.

By the way, does anyone know the formatting codes for the tilde and the upside-down question mark? And the accented vowels? 9 years ago

cafegroundzeroTime to ramp it up

We’ve been learning a word here, and a phrase there.

But today we’ll accelerate the pace. 9 years ago

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