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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.

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ok, i’m in mexico, and i’ve made contact with a portuguese teacher at my institute. the best part? she wants to learn english, so we’re going to have a language exchange – and it’ll be free for both of us. and when we have a misunderstanding, we’ll have to work it out in our lingua franca: spanish.
oh, heavens, life is beautiful! 3 years ago


My new job offers me free Spanish lessons, or a discount on 8 other languages if I want to learn them! I don’t speak perfect Spanish, but I don’t exactly need lessons either. My boyfriend, however, really needs to learn English, and after three years with me he’s still very basic. So, I’m going to see if I can exchange my free Spanish lessons for free English lessons for him. That would be great, but if I can’t do that, hellooooooo Portuguese! 3 years ago


Eu comprei livros novos e estou estudando todos os dias. Estou aprendendo muito portugues! 4 years ago

xochitl213I changed my mind!

I still want to learn Greek, but at the moment it’s on the back burner. I don’t know how it all started, but I’ve developed a fascination with Brazil. I am officially looking for work there, and for about a week I’ve been studying Portuguese. I can’t believe how easy it is (since I already know Spanish)! I’m learning a LOT, studying every day. Updates to come… 4 years ago

Rita2009I must learn Danish as my third language in a short time!

Hi folks! I am Rita from China, I can speak English. It took me a long time to really master English to a higher level.And I thought it’s enough for me to be around the world. However, now I have to learn Danish and master it very fast, because I am living in Denmark and I need to get a job and a life here. And yes, I am think of going to get a danish language course, specially when the course is free for me right now.

Here,you might think: well, that’s not so hard once you get the environment and the support. But, you guys don’t know I really not that good at school. I might be good at learning things by myself. I just wondering if I should start the class learning at the beginning or I can wait untill I learn some by myslef and then correct and improve it in the class. I’m really done with school. In some extent, I am fear of school…

Anyway, I know, at the end of the day, my goal is to understand, to speak, to read, to write danish very soon. I should try every thing I can endure. Maybe school is not a matter at all. What matter is the teacher, the program, and myself. Rita, be brave, you can do it! And do it now!!! 5 years ago

Dan DWHY?!

I’m a native Romanian speaker and I have near-native fluency in English. Why would I learn another language, fluently, when there are somanyother things tolearn?

English is the de-facto universal language. Live with it.

6 years ago

xochitl213a sudden strong conviction

i was walking hungrily through the streets of buenos aires the other night (i have no idea why i had to go to argentina to decide this), and all of a sudden i felt very sure of my decision – and not just a decision to learn another language, but a decision of where i’m going to live next. athens. i’m going to learn greek. i feel so sure of it.
does anyone have advice about moving to and/or securing a job in athens? 6 years ago

xochitl213... all that being said,

i’m completely immersed in my second language now, and i’m as head over heels, helplessly in love with spanish as i have been for over ten years now. also, i do speak it fluently, but i am forever a student of it (as i am with my native language), and i actively study every day as well as being immersed in it. so my point is, this goal – the third language – is kind of on hold right now. living in a foreign country, it turns out, can put many goals on hold. it’s a high price to pay, but it’s by no means too high. it’s also excellent motivation – if i’m having this much fun with my second language, just imagine the third! jajaja :) 6 years ago

xochitl213but which one?

in addition to the english and spanish i speak, i’ve studied a fair amount of both mandarin and american sign language (and latin, but i’d like to be able to use whatever i study to talk to living people). and i’d like to be able to use it to travel outside the us, so asl is kind of out. i guess i could keep going with the mandarin – i definitely have a good basis and i still have a lot of books – but i’m tempted to step totally outside my comfort zone and do something wacky. i have always melted over the sound of greek, always thought that it sounds remarkably songlike all the time. on the other hand, german is delightfully crude, and i’ve already sung in german quite a bit. and finally, despite its complete (or nearly complete) uselessness in the real world, i have some fascination with gaelic (i think it’s because i studied linguistics in college and i had to define all these rules, but when i look at written gaelic it seems to defy rules entirely).
and i left my magic 8-ball in the states. so i want your input. 6 years ago


Not sure which one. I understand Hungarian but can’t speak it so that is a possibility however Spanish will be more useful in my career. We’ll see. 6 years ago


learning a 3rd language.. not quite sure which one yet 6 years ago

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