* Flea Market
* Notes from the Office
The EI Weekly
I he Weekly Newsletter o
the English Language Institute
Volume 107, Issue 6
October 3, 2008
LEA MARKET 1-75 Super Flea Market
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This Saturday, October 4th, we are
headed to the 1-75 Super Flea Market
in Ocala. Flea Markets are very
popular in the United States. At the
1-75 Super Flea Market in Ocala, there
are approximately 1000 different
vendors selling stuff.. everything
from music, to vegetables, to jewelry.
This will be a great chance to buy
some inexpensive gifts for people, to
see a very interesting part of U.S.
culture, and to practice your English!
WHEN: Saturday, October 4h at
10:00am at Norman Garage. We will
return to Gainesville around 3:00pm.
Sign up on the activities board by
5:00pm on Thursday, October 2nd.
COST: FREE! However, bring
money for anything you plan to buy
and for lunch. The amount of
money you should bring depends on
what you want to buy...most stuff at
flea markets is less expensive when
compared to regular stores.
For more information visit
> Fake IDs-Not that we think that
our students would do such a
thing, but there are occasional
rumors. Once in a while we like
to remind you that certain things
can be more serious than some
people think they might be. A
couple of years ago, Florida
changed its laws regarding using a
fake ID to purchase alcohol and
made it much, much more
serious. The penalty is up to 5
years in prison and a ...,rr
fine...and a foreign student is
subject to immediate deportation
for a felony. It's a big, big risk!
> Lost and Found-Don't forget to
check in the main office from
time to time for lost and found
items. We keep a large box with
items that have been found in our
classrooms and turned in.
Next weekend, there will be no trip in
order to allow for you to study for any
Midterm Exams your teachers may be
giving you. Our next trip will be on
Saturday, October 18th, for the Cedar
Key Seafood Festival.
The following are ELI Birthdays for
the week of October 3-9:
October 5: Hyejin Park
October 7: David Vasquez
None this week!
Happy Birthday, one and all!
Q: Why do Americans speak so fast?
A: We don't. Relatively speaking,
English isn't nearly as fast as some
other languages. However, when you
are learning the language, it seems a
lot faster. And, of course, your
teachers often must use "teacher
talk", that is, slower language, to make
sure that you understand.
Q: Are private universities better than
public universities? How can I know which
one is best in graduate studies?
A: It depends on what field you are
studying. Many private universities
have much larger endowments
(reserve money-usually donated by
alumni or local community figures)
than many public universities, which
receive a lot of their money from the
taxes paid to a state. For example,
Harvard University, our oldest
university in the US, has by far the
largest endowment, and it is often
considered a leader in prestigious
fields like medicine and law.
Public universities have the advantage
of being lower in cost than most
private universities, and they often
rank very high in a number of fields.
In the 2009 US News and World
Report rankings (considered one of
the better tools for ranking colleges),
the University of Florida comes in at
number 49 nationally, a very high
ranking. You can go to
to look at individual rankings.
Q: I understand the use of 'get" as meaning
"obtain" or receive", but canyon give me an
example of when it means ".. "or
"It's getting late."
"I've been sick, but I'm getting
"The class gets more fluent every
Q: What's the between, 'I have
read the book," and, '7 have been reading
the book," and which one is correct?
A: They're both correct, depending
on what you want to say. The first
case means that you have definitely
finished reading the book. The
second case means that you have
spent some time on the reading
recently, but you probably haven't
finished the book yet.
You've got to do your own growing,
no matter how tall your grandfather
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