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The ELI Weekly
Come out and have some fun!
This Saturday, September 6th, we are going
to play Paintball!
Paintball is a popular game in the U.S.
People are armed with "guns" and shoot
paint at their "enemies" in a wooded
When: Saturday, September 6th. Meet at
the Norman garage at 12:00 pm. We will
Cost: Check the Activities Board for the
most current information.
This is a carpool trip. Please sign up on the
activities board by Thursday at 4pm.
So come and play!
> Immunizations-Don't forget; we
must have proof of your
immunizations for you to be allowed
to attend classes. The deadline this
semester is Friday, September 12t. We
often have quite a few students who
are very surprised to be pulled out of
classes at this particular time for this
particular reason. Don't be one of
> 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.
> 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
Next weekend, we will be holding our first
Volunteer Day of the semester. Details
will be on the Activities Board and in next
The following are ELI birthdays from
September 3: Okshin Kim
September 4: Talal Almeebi
September 4: Namik Tatlisu
September 7: Yunjae Shin
None this week!
Happy Birthday to one and all!
The following is a list of ELI Countries
represented by our students, listed by the
country or area you put down when you
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.
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Whenever there is a thunderstorm
-ti! irk. iii.,, 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!
Q: I wonder about American tip culture. Who
should I tp? How much? In my county, we
Interesting you should ask; usually, we
don't have any questions yet, and I run a
tip column instead of a manners column.
So, I'm going to give you my standard
Well, most often, you tip for services
received. The origin of the word "tip" is
something that is not 1(." ,, certain, but
the most common story is that it comes
from the acronym To Insure Prompt
Service. There are many situations where
tipping is expected, but there are some that
you might think require tipping that don't.
The following is a pretty good indicator--
though not a totally exhaustive list--of
when and where and how much you
Hairdressers and Nail Sculptors: 15 to
i .. of the total bill
Hotels: Bellhops, $1 per bag $5 minimum
total; Concierge, $5 to $10 for special
services; Maids, for long stays, $1 per
person per night, at the end of stay; Room
Service, 15% of total-sometimes this
amount or even more is already added in
Parking: Valet parking at a hotel or
restaurant, $2. Note that many people
now tip both dropping off and picking up.
Pizza Delivery: $1 per pizza
Restaurants: 15 to 2 I" .. of the total bill;
more if the service was particularly
memorable or if you have many special
requests which are promptly and cheerfully
honored. Tipping in restaurants is
particularly important here in the US;
servers in restaurants have a minimum
wage of only 2 1 3 an hour-less than
41," .. of the national minimum wage.
Taxis: $1 minimum, 15% on fares over $8.
Drivers in large cities expect 2I I" ..
Additionally, in some places, there will be
people who help you outside with your
purchases (as in the grocery store). With a
particularly helpful person or a particularly
large order, you may offer a tip of a dollar
or two--but if you see a sign inside the
store (once again, as in many grocery
stores), that employees are not allowed to
accept tips, don't offer. Another note to
remember about tipping is that when you
are part of a large party in a restaurant and
you are splitting the bill, make sure that
you calculate and include the tip in the
amount you contribute to the total amount
paid; this is a common error which often
shortchanges the service person. Some
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restaurants nowadays automatically include
a 15% gratuity in the bill for large groups.
Q: I want to know what it means to "go Dutch".
What are the manners?
A: Usually, among friends, when people
go out to eat and do things like going to
the movies that require admission prices,
people each pay for their own. That's
called, "going Dutch". Generally, unless
someone specifically tells you that they
plan to pay for you or if they say
something like, "I'd like to take you out,"
or "It's on me," you should assume that
you're going Dutch.
Q: Why do Americans lke beer so much?
A: It seems that way, doesn't it? You're in
a college town, and college students tend
to drink more beer than a lot of the
population at large. It's a fairly inexpensive
way to consume alcohol. The US, though,
isn't even in the top 10 when it comes to
per capital beer consumption-we rank
only 13th. The top 12, in order are: the
Czech Republic, Ireland, Germany,
Australia, Austria, the UK, Belgium,
Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, Slovakia,
No grammar questions yet this week! Be
sure to send me some.
One has to get on with life and I haven't
done badly. People won't have time for
you if you are always angry or complaining.