The Weekly Newsletter of the English Language Institute Mayolu 31 2006
In the recent past, hurricanes have been a serious concern for
many living in the Southern United States. This year's
hurricane season begins on June 1st, and-though Gainesville
is more inland than many of the areas hardest hit-it's
important to prepare a few things, just in case.
First, have a few gallons of drinking water stored in your
apartment. Second, have some non-perishable food, like baked
beans or soups, that don't need to be heated; if you have an
electric stove, once the power goes out, you won't be able to
cook. Third, have a flashlight and make sure to have extra
batteries. You should also have a battery-operated radio.
Finally, take the weather alerts seriously. If a hurricane watch
is issued, it means that weather conditions may worsen within
the next 36 hours, and you should begin to prepare. If a
hurricane warning is issued, it means that weather conditions
will worsen within 24 hours. Once this happens, you should
brace for the worst-sometimes it happens, and most times it
Of course, the ELI office will let you know if you need to make
any extra preparations. Hurricane season in Florida is a serious
but manageable experience if you prepare well.
Inside this issue:
Entering the University Hurricanes Manners and Culture
Many students at the ELI are hoping to
eventually enter the university.
Generally the only way to enter the
university as an international student is
to take the Test of English as a Foreign
Language (TOEFL) exam.
If you hope to attend the University of
Florida, most departments will accept
the institutional TOEFL offered by the
ELI at the end of every semester;
contact the department to which you
wish to apply. If you would like to
study at a university other than UF, you
should contact them directly to see if
they will accept the ELI's institutional
TOEFL, or if they require the TOEFL
exam offered by ETS (ets.org).
Students are generally not admitted to
the university without taking the
TOEFL exam, regardless of how long
they've studied at the ELI.
Best of luck to everyone!
Happy birthday wishes this week to:
May 29: Kwang Sung
June 7: Chien Sung
This Saturday, June 3, the Cultural
Immersion Program is sponsoring
Volunteer Day, a time to give a little
back to our community... and practice
English! You can build houses, run in a
race, chat with the elderly, or work with
animals. Check out the activities board
for specific information.
Q: When Ipay with a debit card at the grocery
store, the cashier asks if I want "cash back."
What does this mean? Where does the cash come
A: When you get cash back from a grocery store
cashier, you are getting money from your own
checking account, but with the convenience of not
having to stop at the ATM. In other words, if you
ask for $20 cash back, the amount you owe for
groceries, plus $20 for your cash back, will be
deducted from your checking account. Depending
on your bank, there may or may not be an
additional fee for using this service.
Q: Why do people in the U.S. use debit cards more
frequently than cash?
A: Good question, but I'm not sure that this is more
common in the U.S. than it is in
any other country where many
S stores offer this option. In
general, I think people use plastic
because it's safer and more
convenient. It used to be that people
also often used checks, but now with the
fear of fraud, many businesses will only accept
cash, debit, or charge.
Q: Why do people in Gainesville tend to have their
MP3 player and headphones on most of the time?
A: In part, this may be
because MP3 players are a
newer trend in the U.S.,
and many people are
excited to use them.
However, what might be
more generally true is that
these headphones make a person feel like they have
a little more privacy. People here like to have their
privacy and, although it's important to be cordial to
strangers, we don't often have long conversations
with them so as not to intrude.
Thanks for the questions this week! Keep sending
them in. If you have a question about U.S. manners
and culture, please e-mail our ELI Weekly editor,
Nora Spencer, at email@example.com, or put
questions in her mailbox (marked Spencer in the
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