* Exit Testing
* End-of-Semester Barbecue
The ELI Weekly
Can you believe it's already here?
Congratulations, everyone. It's been a long
and tough semester, and you should all be
proud of the excellent work you have done
in all of your classes. This coming week is
very busy with testing and end-of-semester
activities, so please read this issue of the
ELI Weekly carefully to make sure you
know about all of the things you need to
do to wrap up the term. This will be the
last issue of the Weekly for the Summer
The ELI Commencement Ceremony will
be held at the Reitz Union Grand
Ballroom on Friday, August 8th, from
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. All students and
staff are welcome to attend. You are
encouraged to invite your friends and
relatives as well. Students will receive their
grades and class photos after the
ceremony. Everyone is encouraged to
dress up for the occasion!
On Thursday, August 7h, we will be giving
the CELT, our exit test. There are no
regular ELI classes on this day. There
will be no late exams and no late
students admitted to the exams. All
ELI students are required to attend and
take the test in order to receive a certificate
of completion from the ELI. Please
remember to be on time. If you arrive
late to the test, you will not be permitted to
take it, and you will not receive a certificate
of completion from the ELI. The
schedule is as follows; sections refer to
225 Little Hall
34 1 NRN
Note: If you are a part-time student
not taking Reading/Writing, you are
still required to take the CELT in order to
receive a certificate at the end of the
semester. Please come to the ELI Main
Office, Room 315, before Tuesday,
August 5th to find out which room you are
This Saturday, August 2nd, we are holding
our End of Semester Barbecue at
WHAT: Food, soccer, swimming, tubing,
volleyball, and much more! All at beautiful
Ginnie Springs. Lunch will be catered by
Sonny's Barbecue and will be served
around 12:30 PM.
WHEN: Saturday, August 2nd. We will
meet at Norman Garage at 11:00 AM.
You can come back to Gainesville
whenever your car chooses to return,
probably around 4 PM. 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 been moved to Sunday.
COST: Entrance into the park is around
$10.00 plus tax (check the Activities Board
to be sure) and the barbecue is FREE and
delicious! Tube rental is $6 plus tax and
we can share tubes. You may also rent
TRANSPORTATION: This is a
carpool trip. Ginnie Springs is about a 45-
minute drive from Gainesville. You MUST
SIGN UP on the Activities Board by 4 PM
Thursday, July 31st. Ifyou are driingyour own
car-you must sign up on the activities board so we
can order oodi, j /. ,'.'. lo sipn up any friends
and family members that you are bringing.
WHAT TO BRING: Wear your bathing suit
and bring a towel!!! Also bring sunscreen. If
you want to rent a tube or canoe you will also
need an ID and credit card. Most importantly,
bring an appetite for good food and fun!
T he Weekly Newsletter of
the English Language Institute
Volume 106, Issue 12
August 1, 2008
Q: When should we say :" and when should we
say . "?
A: In most any situation when you're
talking in person, "hi" is more appropriate.
"Hello" is usually relegated to answering
Q: Why do mostAmericans buy theirfood fom
Publix when Wal-Mart is cheaper?
A: They don't. It just looks that way
because of your experience in Gainesville.
Wal-Mart is by far the largest corporation
by revenue in the world. Last year, they
took in over $377 billion-more than the
size of most countries' economies. But
Wal-Mart doesn't have Supercenters in all
of the cities in America, and the one here
in Gainesville is new. So, there are a lot
more Publix stores. If you look at the total
picture, though, Publix is only in Florida,
Georgia, North and South Carolina, and
Alabama, and their total take last year was
around $16 billion.
Q: Why don'tAmericans ty to discover more
about other cultures instead of developing such
A: That's a very good question. The only
answer I have is that, as with so many
habits that many of us consider negative,
it's easier to be complacent and ignorant.
Q: What is the action called "double dipping"
and why is it rude?
A: It refers to taking a chip, putting it in
the dip or the salsa, taking a bite, and then
putting the chip back in the dip for more.
One can hope that you now understand
why that's rude without further
Q: What is the
A: "Thing" is a count noun (it can be
made plural) and "stuff" is a noncount
Q: What is the -between . "and
A: "People" is the plural of "person".
Many of you may ask, "What about
'persons'?" Well, that word exists, but it's
only used in official instructions and legal
documents. The usual plural is "people".
For those of you who don't already know,
we are saying a fond farewell to one of our
core faculty members, Alison Camacho,
at the end of this semester. She'll be
leaving us to assume a position at Georgia
UF1 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
State University in Atlanta. We'll miss you,
The following are ELI Birthdays for the
period August 1-24:
August 12: Itzhak Elyahou
August 13: Hyemin Shin
August 16: Yoo-KyoungJang
August 18: Ahmed Bawareth
August 21: Christophe Djiguimkoudre
August 21: Jose Eduardo Ayres
August 24: Anibal Aparicio
August 13: Steve Flocks
August 13: Megan Forbes
August 13: Rebecca Millares
August 21: Rajani Manchukonda
Man invented language to satisfy his deep
need to complain.