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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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Be fluent in Italian

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anomalyinkThis class is just a pain in the butt.

Learning Italian has been on my agenda for a loooong time.

It’s sort of natural to be drawn to things that are part of your heritage, I guess. (And, uh, at the risk of sounding like a ridiculous literary nerd, I would reeeeally like to read The Divine Comedy in its original language).

One of the colleges nearby me started offering Italian as an online credit course.

Well.

I did a little research about language learning (wanted to study linguistics for awhile) and came to find out that classes are considered a pretty ineffective way to learn a language. (Doesn’t everybody know someone who took language classes all through high school and can’t remember a single thing about it?)

Considering that this class was going to cost me money (a substance that I am sadly not made of), I had to think about it. I took a year of Spanish in college already, but my boyfriend at the time was from El Salvador and those two classes were pretty much THE easiest school-related thing I’ve done in my life.

Long story short, I signed up for it. And since finding an Italian boyfriend is pretty much out of the question, I think I’m just out of luck.

Language-learning works best by immersion, they say.

I can testify to that, I think, because I tried to teach myself Italian through that method awhile back (listening to Italian radio, watching movies with Italian subtitles, listening to Italian audiobooks) and I picked up quite a bit of it. (LingQ is what I was using. If you have an interest in language, check it out.)

Okay, well…I learned more doing THAT than I have in the monotonous vocabulary exercises that this class demands. It’s a lot of work (read: a lot of BUSY work), without much reward.

But I’m going to keep at it. Because as always, it’s possible I’m just being pessimistic. =\ 22 months ago


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user30942 2 years ago


hauntingmeforeverI want to learn Italian...

I want to be able to dream in Italian. 2 years ago


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georgiecoll 2 years ago


barbadosinkathe start

I spent 4 month in Milano as my semester abroad and I’ve fallen in love with this language! I understand most of it now and can speak about every-day stuff.
I’m not going to take an Italian course, because I have no free time and extra money for it. So, my plan is to communicate with the native speakers (people I met in Milano and also there are several italians coming for exchange semester to my school) and watching Euronews in italian regularly. Some grammar exercises would be good too, I guess.
Hope it won’t stay only as New Year resolution! 2 years ago


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Jenny Hann 2 years ago


Greta TamošiunaiteUntitled

Fluency in a foreign language is a life-long project so I’m afraid that when it comes to pressing the “I’m done” button here on the 43things site, it’ll take years.

However, I’m quite pleased with myself because I have climbed over a big obstacle, something i was afraid of for some time.
I have used Italian to do a tourist tour in my home city where I usually work as an English language guide.

This is so significant because usually when speaking in Italian, I’m always the passive one – the native speakers speak, I listen and when they turn to me I get to answer. This time I was the active part, I was giving a monologue or even a sort of a lecture.

There is still a lot to improve when it comes to my language skills, but the tourists left happy and they did understand me all throughout the 3-hour tour.

Yay! 2 years ago


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katiesue33 3 years ago


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