* Paynes Prairie
The EI Weekly
I he Weekly Newsletter o
the English Language Institute
Volume 104, Issue 6
October 05, 2007
\ Hiking on Paynes Prairie
Enjoy the Great Outdoors!
Paynes Prairie is a 21,000-acre
preserve about 15 minutes south of
the University of Florida. It is covered
by fields, wet prairie, pine flat-woods,
and oak hammocks. It is a great place
to see Florida wildlife such as buffalo,
wild horses, alligators, otters, and even
bald eagles! There is an observation
tower and trails for hiking.
WHEN: Saturday, October 6th. Meet
at the Norman Garage at 10:30 AM.
We will return to Gainesville around 1
PM, depending on how long we hike
for. This is a carpool trip, so you
must sign up on the activities board
by 4 PM Thursday, October 4th. If it
is raining on Saturday, call 392-3354
ext. 230 after 9 AM and listen to the
message to find out if the trip has
COST: per car (about $1 per
WHAT TO BRING: Bring a
1. WATER -you must bring water to go
on this trp!
3. A bag LUNCH (no coolers). There
is no food at the prairie!
4. Wear tennis shoes and old clothing
appropriate for the weather.
> Fake IDs-Not that we think that
our students would do such a
thing, but there are occasional
rumors. Once in a while we like
to remind you that certain things
can be more serious than some
people think they might be. A
couple of years ago, Florida
changed its laws regarding using a
fake ID to purchase alcohol and
made it much, much more
serious. The penalty is up to 5
years in prison and a ...,r
fine...and a foreign student is
subject to immediate deportation
for a felony. It's a big, big risk!
> Lost and Found-Don't forget to
check in the main office from
time to time for lost and found
items. We keep a large box with
items that have been found in our
classrooms and turned in.
Next weekend, we will be holding a
Football Party, right here in
Gainesville. Details about the trip will
be on the Activities Board and in next
The following are ELI Birthdays for
the week of October 5-11:
Hyun Jeong Lee
Jean Garcia Padron
None this week!
Q: Why can't I ask Americans if they are
rich or how much money they make?
A: In US culture, most any personal
question that has a number or some
kind of measurement as an answer is
considered taboo. We believe that it
is rude to ask about things that might
be compared in terms of feeling
superior in one way or another.
Money is perhaps the one that is the
most taboo-my best friend and I
don't even know each other's salaries!
Q: Why is my reading writing class at 3pmo?
It is very late, so it is 'to concentrate.
A: Interestingly, you will hear the
same complaint from students whose
classes begin at 8:30am...it's very
early, so it's difficult to concentrate.
The fact is, folks, that we have 5 class
hours a day of core classes. We have
9 levels of reading/writing and only 7
classrooms. That means that some
classes will be at the beginning of the
schedule and some at the end. When
you start going to regular university
classes, you will find that you have an
even wider range of class
hours...note that on the university
schedule, 8:30 is second period...the
regular schedule starts at 7:25am and
can go as late as 8 or 9pm!
Q: Why do American girls lke the French
A: It's a popular cultural notion that
French is the language of romance
Q: Why do American women always wear
A: Not all of them do, but short
shorts are very fashionable these days.
It's not just American women...it
seems like quite a few of our own
students also wear them.
Q: What is the .
' between gonna"
A: Both of these are called reductions.
They're written versions of the way
we actually speak certain phrases.
"Gonna" is a reduction of the future
expression "going to" and "gotta" is a
reduction of the modal expression of
necessity "have got to". Some others
"should/would/could have" and
We must use time as a tool, not as a
-John F. Kennedy
jI English Language Institute
UNIVERSITY of FLORIDA
English Language Institute
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315 Norman Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-7051, USA
Phone: (352) 392-2070
Fax: (352) 392-3744