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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through Michel Thomas and Deutsche Welle. 5 months ago

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Due to lack of numbers, the teacher has decided to drop the German class :( I have asked to be notified if it ever starts up again. 17 months ago

minusfifteen 18 months ago

riki13So excited...

To be doing something about this goal….my local community centre runs German classes, and I went along this morning! I am behind, which is okay as the centre said it was okay to just join in. The best thing – I am actually not really that behind! My pronunciation floored the class :) Yup, remember more than I think. 19 months ago

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undercover_lauramit diesen 'goal'

Wir alle must nur Deutsche scrieben. Ich denkst ich can etwas gutes Deutsch sprechen und lesen aber i kan nicht gut scriben (as du cannst sehen!).
so… Wie gehts sie alles?? 2 years ago

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EingangOut with the Stone, in with the TellMeMore

This is another goal that’s been on my 43 Things list forever. For years, I didn’t make that much progress. Every once in awhile, I’d fire up my copy of The Rosetta Stone (German) and work through part of a lesson. The problem was it was boring, deathly boring.

When I when was considering upgrading my laptop to OS X Lion last summer, I did an inventory of programs I had that wouldn’t run under Lion because Apple no longer was including a PowerPC emulator. My ancient Adobe Creative Suite, scanner software, and The Rosetta Stone fell into that camp. My copy actually included both Windows and Mac versions of the software. I could have run it in my Windows emulator, but I thought it was time for something more engaging.

Newer versions of The Rosetta Stone sounded better, but software seller does not provide an upgrade path and wasn’t very sympathetic. If you’ve ever looked at their software or bought it, you know that it’s quite expensive. Not pleased with their response, I decided to look for alternatives. I ended up buying a 10-lesson set of German from Tell Me More.

Like Rosetta Stone, you can sign up for online lessons, but it is more expensive than outright buying the software unless you are able to work through everything in a few months. Buying the software was expensive, but I found the variety of exercises and structuring much more interesting. There were crossword puzzles, videos where you became one of the actors, movies to watch, Hangman, dictation, multiple choice exercises, sentence reordering—all kinds of things. The speech recognition seemed better too and there were explicit exercises in how to make specific sounds, as well as doing entire sentences or words.

I’ve really been enjoying it. Since purchasing it in the summer, I generally spend at least 6 to 8 hours a month working through the material. While they do have a “test” to assess your current level, and mine put me somewhere around Level 6 (of 10), I decided to start with Lesson 1 and review things. I will say that having prior experience of German was helpful. I think if you were starting out with a blank slate, the “lesson” plan I was following would be difficult and you do need to repeat some of the exploratory dialogue exercises in order to see the full range of possibilities. I’m making good progress. I’m most of the way now through Level 2 and I have actually learned things I didn’t know before. One catch: I have to run it in my Windows emulator. They didn’t have a Mac version you could buy, although you can use the web-based version on a Mac (subscription only).

In another 6 months, I’ll see how far I’ve made it and take one of their formal assessments and see if I’ve improved or not. 2 years ago

Hanna Angela 4 years ago

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