* Time Change
* Volunteer Day
The EI Weekly
Help others while learning English!
This Saturday, March 31st, we are
holding our second Volunteer Day of
the spring term. This is your chance to
help out the community while
practicing your English in a real-life
environment. Below is a description of
the volunteer activities going on this
We will meet at different times.
Students, language assistants, teachers,
and staff will meet at the NRN Garage
and carpool to the different sites.
Please sign up on the Activities Board
for your choice of activity by 4pm on
Thursday, March 29th.
There is no cost to volunteer. Wear
comfortable clothes and sneakers. You
should bring waterto each
Car Wash for the March of Dimes -
Help raise money to save the lives of
babies. Great way to practice English
and meet people! We will meet at the
Norman Hall Garage at 11:15am and
return around 4:15pm.
Nursing Home Speak with elderly
people who do not have their families
nearby...brighten up their day! We will
play bingo, chess, and other board
games You can go on walks and share
stories. This is excellent English
practice! We will meet at the Norman
Hall Garage at 1:30pm and return
Ronald McDonald House- We will
help prepare meals for the families of
patients at Shands Hospital and hear
their stories.. We will meet at the NRN
Garage at 4:30pm and return around
Have a great day, everyone!
Next weekend, on Saturday, April 8th,
we headed to beautiful Historic St.
Augustine. This is a van trip, so you
must purchase your "7 transportation
pass from The Outfitter at the Reitz
Union this Friday, March 31st. Meet at
the NRN Garage at 12:45, and we
will walk you over to get your
transportation pass. More details will
be on the Activities Board and in next
It's ELI Student Voices time, everyone!
Steve wants us to let you know that the
deadline for submissions for this
semester will be on Friday, April 13th.
You can give your submissions to your
teacher, to Steve directly, or you may
place them in Steve's mailbox (marked
Flocks) in the ELI Main Office, Room
315. Let's see what you can come up
The following is our latest Activity
Schedule. This week, however, on
Tuesday, we will have Pool and
Bowling instead of Swing Dancing.
Meet in front of the Reitz Union Taco
Bell and bring a few dollars.
Basketball Monday e Noman
(Carol) 5:20pm Bring our UF
Bring your UF
Dancing Tuesday Room TBA
(Bethany, 5:00 FREE
Meet at Kay's
Coffee Talk Wednesday Coffee (near
(Dan, Stef) 7:00 Crisper's)
Money for coffee
and Work- Ms eet at Norman
out Classes Tursday Garage Free with
(Matt, 530pm UF-ID
G r Meet at Freshens
Nights Friday (ice cream place)
Nights Friday FREE
(Olga, 5:45pm Bring our
I he Weekly Newsletter of
the Englsh Language Institute
Volume 102, Issue 11
March 30, 2007
We have a new feature on our website,
everyone! Go to www.eli.ufl.edu and
click on the Meet Our Students link on
the left hand side. You'll see lots of
pictures of goings on around the ELI!
The following are ELI birthdays from
March 30-April 5:
April 2: Halimah Hathah
April 3: Jorge Ochoa
April 1: Bethany Rowlings
Happy Birthday, one and all!
Q: Why do people in the US shake hands
rather than hugging and kissing?
A: It's purely a matter of the culture in
which we were raised. In some
cultures, particularly those that sprung
up around the Mediterranean, people
express greeting with great enthusiasm.
In Eastern countries, for the most part,
people don't touch at all in greeting. In
the northern areas of Europe (including
England, from which many US
behaviors came), the custom developed
somewhere in between these
extremes-the handshake was
established as a norm.
Q: Why don'tpeople here heypou in the bus
withyour luggage or backpack?
A: Just as with the previous question,
it's a matter of what we're used to. In
mass transit in the US, we are just
simply used to minding our own
business and keeping to ourselves. We
don't really like too many strangers
handling our stuff The bus driver is
hired to drive the bus, and that's pretty
Getting ahead in a difficult profession
requires avid faith in yourself That is
why some people with mediocre talent,
but with great inner drive, go much
further than people with vastly superior
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