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* Summer Break
* Notes from the Office


The EI Weekly


Summer Break
Staying in Florida? There's lots to do!


Next weekend, Saturday, June 21st,
marks the beginning of our Summer
Break

If you do not yet have any plans for
Summer Break, we have some
suggestions for you! Within an easy
day's drive from Gainesville, you will
find Atlanta at one end and Miami at
the other, with Savannah,
Jacksonville, Cedar Key, Orlando,
Tampa/St. Petersburg, and many
other interesting places in between.
There are a number of good Internet
resources to help you locate last-
minute hotel and flight reservations,
notably Travelocity, Expedia, and
Orbitz, found at
http://www.travelocity.com/,
http://www.expedia.com/, and
http://www.orbitz.com/. And, if you
really want good bargains and are
feeling adventurous, then you can try
out Priceline bidding at
http://www.priceline.com/. If you're
planning on renting a car, then be
sure to call all of the companies in
town to check on the available rates.

If you would like advice on travel,
especially if you're going to Orlando
or staying here in the Southeast, then
please feel free to ask me about it
anytime. You may stop by my office


(Room 310) or e-mail me at
toddy33(aufl.edu and I'll get back to
you as quickly as possible!

If you are among those staying in
Gainesville, there are lots of things to
do, too! If you like museums, there
are the Har Museum of Art and the
Florida Museum of Natural History,
both located on the southwest side of
campus. Each of these provides a
nice afternoon of cultural enjoyment.
If you like nature, check out the
Devil's Millhopper State Geological
Site and Kanapaha Botanical
Gardens. And if you like bicycling
there is the Gainesville-Hawthorne
Rail Trail -- 15 miles of paved cycling
trail that winds through Paynes Prairie
and beyond. Also, you can try the
Depot Avenue/Waldo Road trail
system.

Wherever you go and whatever you
choose to do, be careful and have a
great time!




We've come to realize in the past that
not all of our students are aware of
our unique weather problems in
Central Florida. One hazard that you


should watch out for is lightning.
We have more thunderstorms in the
summertime here in Florida than
there are in a year in any place else in
the world, so lightning here is a
serious danger. Whenever there is a
thunderstorm -hi. r i6n _-, you should
go inside as soon as possible. A car is
also a safe place. DO NOT stand
under a tree or near anything that
might be the tallest thing in the area
or use a metal-tipped umbrella, as that
is exactly where lighting is most likely
to hit.

Another thing that you should
prepare for (though it's certainly
much less likely than thunderstorms!)
is hurricanes. You can go to
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ to keep
apprised of hurricane activity, and
they also have some excellent
preparation and planning tips in their
left-hand navigation menu. Also, of
course, if there is any hurricane
threatening Gainesville, we here at the
ELI will keep you informed and make
sure you know what to do and where
to go. The main thing about the
NOAA website is that they have
some excellent tips about early
preparation!


* Birthdays
* Manners


I he Weekly Newsletter o
the English Language Institute
Volume 106, Issue 6
June 13, 2007


Highlights I













r Summer Break and I-20s
Summer break is only a week and a
half away! If you plan to leave the
US at al during the break-even on
a cruise or a day trip to Canada or
Mexico-please remember to come
to the office to have your 1-20 signed
so that you won't have trouble
getting back into the country!
r July 4t Holiday-The week
that we come back from break,
on Friday, July 4th, there will be
no classes and the ELI Main
Office will be closed for the
Independence Day Holiday.





The following are ELI Birthdays for
the week ofJune 13-19:

Students:
June 13: Irek Mukharlyamov
June 14: Nasil Hwang
June 14: Jinyoung Kim

Staff:
None this week!

Happy Birthday, one and all!


Manner a -Cu


Q: How can wepoitely decline an
invitation?

A: "I'm sorry, but I can't," or "I'm
sorry, but I have another commitment
already." No further explanation is
required.

Q: Are Americanpeople pote?

A: What a strange question. It is to
be hoped, I suppose, most of us at
least try to be. Are all people in all
other countries polite?

Q: What is celebrated on Memorial Day?

A: Nothing, exactly. Celebrated, in
this case, isn't quite the right word.
Remembered or honored is more like
it. Memorial Day is for remembering
people who died in wars.




Q: What's the between
many" and ... 'much"?

A: The same as any case of "many"
vs. "much". It's count vs. noncount
nouns. We use "many" for count
nouns and "much" for noncount
nouns.


Q: What's the
"


' between ". 'and


A: Count and noncount. "Stuff' is a
noncount noun. It can't be plural.
"Thing" is a count noun. We
generally make it plural to mean the
same basic thing as "stuff'.


Q: "f" + tense is -


for me.


A: And it is for most students of
English. Heck, a lot of native
speakers mess this up. Basically, the
tense you choose depends on whether
or not the situation is real or possible
vs. unreal or impossible. We use a
past tense form for the unreal (called
the past subjunctive) that looks the
same as the simple past, except in the
case of "to be", with which we use
"were" for all the forms. So, for
example, the most famous one is "If I
were you..." We use the unreal here
because it's never possible for me to
actually be you. But, this sentence: "I
am going to call you if we go to the
movie later," means that I don't know
whether or not we will actually go, but
it's possible that we might.





Whenever evil befalls us, we ought to
ask ourselves, after the first suffering,
how we can turn it into good. So shall
we take occasion, from one bitter
root, to raise perhaps many flowers.

Leigh Hunt


PI 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
Email: StudyEnglish@eli.ufl.edu
Webpage: www.eli.ufl.edu




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