* Football Party
The EI Weekly
UF Football Celebration
Let's root for the Gators!
Come cheer on the Gators as they
take on the University of Kentucky!
Where: Sonia's apartment (across the
street from Norman Hall.)
When: Saturday, October 20. We will
meet at Norman Garage at 3:00pm
and walk to Sonia's apartment.
Cost: Bring a few dollars for pizza if
you want and something to drink.
So Long to a Very Dear Friend
As some of you may have noticed,
Illy Verdes has been on vacation.
Unfortunately, she will not be
returning to her position at the ELI.
She says she will miss everyone very
If you need student life or
immigration help in the next few
weeks, please be sure to speak to
Barbara Earp. The office will be
short-handed until the admissions
assistant position is filled. We
apologize for any delays this might
cause in processing requests, and we
appreciate your patience.
Next weekend, we will be holding our
Midterm Picnic at Lake Wauburg,
which is also our Welcome Picnic for
our new B-Term Students. Come out
and say hi to the new ELI students!
Details about the picnic will be on the
Activities Board and in next week's
The following are ELI Birthdays for
the week of October 19-25:
Hye Jung Choi
None this week!
Hey, everybody! I'm down to just a
few questions once again. Let me
know what you're thinking about in
this crazy culture of ours!
Q: Why don'tAmericans take their shoes
A: A perennial favorite from our
Asian friends, this one! Here's an
answer to the question that I
published way back in Fall 2000:
This is a question that comes up every
semester. And it is one that honestly
seems to illustrate the point that there
are simply going to be differences in
cultural perception and personal
habits among different groups of
people. The answer is that it's not just
Americans. It's pretty much a division
of East and West. In the West, the
foot itself is perceived, generally, as
less than sanitary. As a matter of fact,
going barefoot in many public places
is actually sometimes a violation of
sanitation regulations--this is
particularly true where food is being
sold or prepared. If we were to walk
into the house of an acquaintance and
remove our shoes upon walking in
the door, it would be perceived as the
act of a rude (if not perhaps even
slightly crazy!) person. Among very
close friends who are just plain
comfortable in the house with no
shoes, it's okay, but you should
remove yours only if your host does!
I he Weekly Newsletter o
the English Language Institute
Volume 104, Issue 8
October 19, 2007
Q: What is Thanksgiving? Why do you
A: It's a traditional US holiday that
commemorates the Pilgrims, one of
the first groups of migrants to come
to the US mainland to settle from
England. They endured a lot of
hardships, and there are stories of a
great feast that they held along with
the Native American people after a
particularly good harvest one year
when times were getting better.
In modern times, the holiday has
come to symbolize the time that we
stop and share with our friends and
family and give thanks for all the good
things in our lives. It is the most
universal holiday on our calendar, in
terms of the number of people who
get together to celebrate it. Notably,
the travel industry has an incredible
time; the Wednesday before
Thanksgiving and the Sunday after are
the 2 busiest days of the year at US
airports and train stations. And that
Sunday is the single most traveled day
on rural US Interstate highways, as
Commercially, it's also an interesting
weekend. The day after
Tli tiil:. _-;- ii, on Friday, it's
considered the start of the Christmas
shopping season. Many places have
very large sales, and the malls and
stores are very, very crowded with
bargain hunters. It's a good time to
shop if you're looking for something
particular to take back home!
Here at the ELI, we do also have our
annual Thanksgiving potluck
celebration-you'll be hearing more
about that next month!
Q: Why do so many Americans eat fast
Q: Why do thepeople in America eat so
much canned food?
Q: Why do thepeople in America use so
many credit cards?
A: The answers to these three
questions are similar-it's all a
convenience factor. And these things
are inexpensive in the short run and
very easy to get. And none of them
require much (if any) effort to use or
to consume. All of these factors
combined make them very attractive
to the person who doesn't have a lot
of time to spare in his/her daily life-
and we do spend a lot of time in a
hurry here. This is in no way to say
that these things are superior to their
less convenient counterparts. Fresh
food is usually healthier and better for
our health. Credit card use can get us
into a mess of trouble in our personal
finances, if we're not careful about
how and when we use them. But
what is sacrificed in quality or good
sense is worth it in terms of the time
and effort saved to many people.
Folks, I don't have any grammar
questions this week! So, alongwith
my plea for more manners questions,
let's hear what you're wondering
about in grammar, too!
When you dance, your purpose is not
to get to a certain place on the floor.
It's to enjoy each step along the way.
--Dr. Wayne Dyer
UF English Language Institute
UNIVERSITY of FLORIDA
English Language Institute
PO Box 117051
315 Norman Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-7051, USA
Phone: (352) 392-2070
Fax: (352) 392-3744