* Notes from the Office
The EI Weekly
I he Weekly Newsletter o
the English Language Institute
Volume 107, Issue 4
September 19, 2008
Tubing on the Ichetucknee
Take part in a unique Gainesville
summertime tradition!! Float down
the beautiful, crystal clear water of the
Ichetucknee River while you relax in
an inner tube. Enjoy the Florida
sunshine, the cool water and the
company of your ELI family!!
When: Saturday, September 20th.
Meet at NRN Garage at 10am. Each
car will decide its own return time,
probably around 3:00pm. Sign up on
the activities board by 4pm, Thursday,
Cost: The entrance fee is $5.00 for
each car. Also bring about $7 to rent
an inner tube. Bring Cash.
What to Bring: Bring lunch, snacks,
or money for lunch, your bathing suit,
If you were here before the semester
began, you might remember that
tropical storm Fay passed through
Gainesville. Unfortunately, at that
time, a lot of offices and rooms in
New Norman Hall (near the parking
garage) were flooded. Now, they
have discovered mold in those rooms
and need to relocate a lot of people.
In order to help find space for these
people, we need to move all of our
classes out of 341, 341A, and 341B.
This means that almost every class
will have a new room assignment.
Unfortunately, this also means these
rooms will no longer be available for
prayer. Now, the only room for
prayer will be room 309 from 12:50
until 1:50. There is also a daily prayer
room available on the ground floor of
Library West. The new rooms we are
using are in different places in
Norman Hall. This means classes will
meet some days in one location and
other days in another location. I
realize this will cause confusion for a
few days, so I appreciate your
patience with the situation. If you
have any questions, please ask me!
Have a wonderful week!
> 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.
Don't forget, everyone (students,
teachers, and staff alike!), we are
selling ELI T-Shirts for only $10
(exact change only). To purchase
yours, just see Sonja in the main office
any day before 1:30pm. Get yours
Next weekend, we will be here in
Gainesville for Rock Climbing at Lake
Wauburg. Details will be on the
Activities Board and in Next Week's
The following are ELI Birthdays for
the week of September 19-25:
Yeon Hee Roh
September 25: Megan Chandler!
Happy Birthday, one and all!
Q: Why do Americans ike fastfood so
A: Convenience, mostly. That, and
the culture of the car that we've built
our country around. It's much easier
to pull through that drive-through
window sometimes than it is to make
the effort to fix a meal when you get
Q: Why is public transportation poor in
A: With the exception of the very
large cities in the Northeast and
Upper Midwest (which for the most
part have excellent transportation
systems), our cities are very young.
They didn't really grow to be large
until after the invention of the
automobile. And in some cities that
had streetcars at the turn of the 19th
into the 20th century, it was actually
cheaper to build roads than to
maintain the streetcars at that time.
So, our cities grew up around the use
of the automobile, and the vast
distances were easiest to cross by
superhighway once that was
established. Now, we are discovering
the need to change the system!
Q:Are there class distinctions in American
A: Sure. They're based mainly on
socioeconomic status, though, and
not by birth. Money does stratify us,
but we also have a very, very large
Q: What is the meaning of the
A: Just what the name says, basically.
It's a day that we set aside to express
our appreciation for all the people in
our lives and all the things that we
have to be thankful for. Thanksgiving
is the universal family holiday in the
US, as it doesn't have specific ties to
any one particular religion or belief
Q: Do Americans ike to go shopping with
A: I would have to say that that's an
individual taste question. Sure, some
do, but it's likely more to depend on
whether or not a person really likes to
go shopping at all. Some people do,
and some people don't.
Q: What are the meanings of 'get"? I'm
confused because there seem to be so many!
A: No doubt. This is one of those
little words that serves a multitude of
purposes-most of them
conversational, as in, they're too
informal for academic writing. "Get"
has two main uses. One is in the
sense of "receive or obtain", as in,
"I'm getting a new car today." The
other is in the sense of "become or
change into", as in, "We're all getting
Q: When can replace an infinitive after an
A: There is a special case called an
adjective complement. This is when
the infinitive completes the idea of the
adjective. Usually, these are with
verbs of emotion or mental state,
where the infinitive explains what's
causing the state, as in, "I'm really
happy to meet you," or "I'm surprised
to hear that."
I'd rather be a failure at something I
love than a success at something I
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