* Islands of Adventure
* Notes from the Office
The EI Weekly
I he Weekly Newsletter o
the English Language Institute
Volume 107, Issue 5
February 6, 2009
Islands of Adventure
Theme Park Fun
This Saturday, February 7th, the ELI is
headed to Islands of Adventure
Theme Park at the Universal Studios
Orlando Resort. Islands of
Adventure is a wonderful world of
fantasy with many different thrilling
rides and attractions.
When: Saturday, February 7th. Meet at
the TRiP office in Reitz Union at
8:00am. We will return to Gainesville
What to Bring: Money for food,
walking shoes, sunscreen, and a
passion for roller coasters!
r Class Attendance-Remember,
your attendance is very, very
important. Your teachers are
taking note of both your absences
and your tardies in every class
> 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.
> ELI T-Shirts--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 today!
Next weekend, on Friday, February
13th, we will be holding a Valentine's
Day Party. Details about the party
will be on the Activities Board and in
next week's Weeky.
The following are ELI Birthdays for
the week of February 6-12:
February 7: Ching-Ching Chiu
February 7: Stephan Gallego
Q: Why are Americanpeople so quiet allof
A: Depends on your perspective.
For people from some cultures, such
as the Latino or Arab cultures, we are
relatively quiet. For people from
other cultures, such as Chinese,
Japanese, or Korean, we talk quite a
Q: Should I say, 'Excuse me" or "Pardon
me" ifpeople are blocking my way?
A: Both are perfectly acceptable.
Q: When someone invites you to an
American house what is the best way to be
polte with the hosts?
A: By showing up on time. Also, you
may bring a small gift, such as
chocolate, flowers, or (if you know
your hosts drink) wine. This part is
not required, however. It's
appreciated, but not expected.
Q: Can you tell me how to greet
people in a group of different ages in
We don't make age distinctions in
English the way that some languages
Q: What is the between "ought
to", "should", and "must"?
A: There is no difference in meaning
between "ought to" and "should" in a
positive statement. "Ought to" isn't
used much in negative statements or
questions, and it's not used in formal
writing. Both of them mean that
something is advisable, but you have a
choice. I.I r" means that you don't
have a choice.
Q: Which is .....j .:: comrect: 'Don't
you have some snacks?" or "Do ou not have
A: Neither one. In both cases, you
can, however, replace "some" with
"any". Then, they're both correct.
When you cannot get a compliment
any other way, pay yourself one.
UiJ English Language Institute
UNIVERSITY of FLORIDA
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315 Norman Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-7051, USA
Phone: (352) 392-2070
Fax: (352) 392-3744