* Notes from the Office
The E I Weekly
Fanfares and Fireworks
Independence Day Fun!
Come celebrate the United States'
Independence Day with music and
fireworks. On Thursday, July 3rd,we
will walk to the UF Bandshell to hear
patriotic music and see the fireworks.
This is a wonderful way to experience
a long tradition in the United States...
and to have a great time!
WHEN: Thursday, July 3rd at 7:00
WHERE: We will meet at Norman
Garage, and then walk across campus
to the UF Bandshell and Favet Field.
COST: This trip is FREE!
WHAT TO BRING: Bring a
blanket to sit on. You can bring
something to eat and drink if you like,
or you can bring some cash to buy
food. We will walk over, so wear
walking shoes. You should bring bug
repellent as well.
> July 4h Holiday-Friday, July
4th, there will be no classes and
the ELI Main Office will be
closed for the Independence Day
> Class Attendance-Remember,
your attendance is very, very
important. Your teachers are
taking note of both your absences
and your tardies in every class
every day. C-Term students, now
is a really good time to think
about checking with your
teachers if you have had a few
absences and making sure that
you are not going over any limits
or having absences affect your
> Student Mailbox-Don't forget
to check the student mailbox in
the main office from time to
time. There is mail for some
returning students already.
Next weekend, we will be holding our
second Volunteer Day of the
semester. Details will be on the
Activities Board, in the Volunteer
Seminar, and in next week's Weekly.
The following are ELI Birthdays for
the week ofJuly 5-10:
July 5: Juneil Shin
July 8: Douglas Castro
July 8: Boyeon Choi
July 8: Lili Gai
Happy Birthday, one and all!
Q: What's the reason that we say, 'Bless
you," when someone sneezes?
A: Religious customs from the
Middle Ages. There was a widespread
belief at one time in history that
sneezing caused the body to die for a
short moment (in modern times, we
do know that the heart skips a beat!)
and allowed evil spirits, potentially, to
enter. So, the custom evolved to say,
"May God bless you," to keep the evil
spirits out. The custom remains, but
what we say is a little bit shorter.
I he Weekly Newsletter o
the English Language Institute
Volume 106, Issue 8
July 3, 2008
Q: What is the biggest and most important
holiday in America, and what do people do
on that holiday?
A: Thanksgiving. Many people might
answer Christmas instead, mainly
because it generates so much over-
the-top shopping and dc.... i irii but
it's Christian-specific. Thanksgiving is
our big family holiday that isn't
specific to any one religion or group.
Thanksgiving weekend is our single
largest travel period in the US, mainly
because of the fact that the majority
of us want to be with family, friends,
and other loved ones. We gather
together and have a big feast and
reflect on all the people and things
that we are thankful for in our lives.
As a group, we even celebrate
Thanksgiving as an ELI family. If
you're here in Gainesville in the fall
semester, you'll get a chance to
experience it with us.
Q: What is the .
talk, and speak?
' between say, tell,
A: Mainly, it's in the objects that they
take or don't take and in the positions
of the objects.
We say something (to someone).
We talk (to someone).
We speak a language.
We speak to someone (more formal
We speak at a conference or gathering
(make a speech).
We tell someone something.
We tell (someone) the truth or a lie.
Make the best use of what is in your
power, and take the rest as it happens.
Uri 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