* Lake Wauburg
* Notes from the Office
The FJ I Weekly
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the English Language Institute
Volume 109, Issue 3
May 22, 2009
Fun in the Sun at Lake Wauburg
Come out and enjoy
Join us for an enjoyable day at the
North Entrance of the University's
Lake Wauburg! Have fun ...i ;_, in-
L: i- ,i_;n, hiking, and playing sports
with your ELI family!! Bring your
friends and a picnic lunch, and
experience the beauty of Florida's
WHEN: Saturday, May 23d. Meet
at Norman Garage at 11:30 AM. You
can come back to Gainesville
whenever your car chooses to return,
probably around 4pm.
COST: Free!!! Entrance to the lake,
canoe rental and kayak rental are all
free with your UF ID-so be sure to
bring your UF ID!
TRANSPORTATION: This is a
carpool trip. Lake Wauburg is about
a 15-minute drive from Norman Hall.
Sign up on the Activities Board by
4pm Thursday, May 21st.
WHAT TO BRING: Bring your
UF ID, a picnic lunch, and
> 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.
> TOEFL Scores--Students who
had TOEFL scores sent to the main
office can pick them up. These
scores are only official as far as UF
departments are concerned if they
remain sealed in the envelope.
Students should already know their
scores (you received them at
commencement) so you shouldn't
need to open the envelope.
Next weekend, we will be going
Tubing on the Ichetucknee.
Details about the trip will be on the
Activities Board and in next week's
The following is our afternoon
activity schedule. Please check the
Activities Board from time to time to
see if there are any changes.
Day/Time Activity Location/Cost
Meet at the Ritz
Night Union Games
Monday (pool, Room
5:30 PM bowling, Bngyour Gator 1
games Bring $5 ifyou want
(Allis to playpool or bowl
Next to the
Tuesday Volleyball Recreation
7:00 PM (Allison W.) Center
Bring UF ID
Wednesday Coffee Talk Free
7: ( (Thomas) (Bnngmoney for
coffee and food if
T Meet at Hookah
Thursday Hookah Neetat H
8:30 Nite Cafete afe
anes Fun days Vanes
The following are ELI Birthdays for
the week of May 22-28:
May 24: Jun Lee
May 27: Mohammad Alharthi
None this week!
Q: I'm interested in manners about having
meals. What should I not do when I am
eating with Americans?
A: Oh, goodness, there are entire
etiquette books with half of their
chapters dedicated to mealtime
etiquette! There are a few general
1. Don't make noises with your food.
When eating soup, for example, don't
slurp. Just put the spoon in your
mouth and eat quietly.
2. Talking during a meal is fine, but
don't talk with your mouth full. Wait
until you swallow.
3. Don't eat foods with your fingers
that aren't designed for it.
Hamburgers and sandwiches and
chips are fine, but most other foods
(unless you are actually eating at a
fast-food restaurant) should be eaten
4. It's okay to offer to share your
food if you want to, but we generally
don't ask to try something that's on
someone else's plate.
5. Don't reach across someone else
to get the salt, sugar, ketchup, etc.
Ask that it be passed to you.
6. It's fine to refuse a food if you
can't eat it-be it for dietary reasons
or religious reasons or whatever. You
don't have to explain why. In fact, to
do so extensively is considered bad
form-especially if it's just because
you don't like a certain food. If your
host asks, it's rude of her/him.
Q: Which is correct for the negative
shortened response form with "hope". '7
hope not, "or '7 don't hope so."?
A: You've noticed that we're not
consistent. With "hope" the correct
form is "I hope not." However, for
example, with "think", it's "I don't
You're only given a little spark of
madness. You mustn't lose it.
SEnglish 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