* Notes from the Office
The FJ I Weekly
Let's Try this Again!
So, cross your fingers and hope that
the weather cooperates with us this
week! 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, June 13th. Meet at
NRN Garage 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 $5 to rent
an inner tube.
What to Bring: Bring lunch, snacks,
or money for lunch, your bathing suit,
> Summer Break and I-20s
Summer break is only a week and
a half away! If you plan to leave
the US at allduring the break-
even on a cruise or a day trip to
Canada or Mexico-please
remember to come to the office
to have your 1-20 signed so that
you won't have trouble getting
back into the country!
> July 4t Holiday-The week
that we come back from break,
on Friday, July 4th, there will be
no classes and the ELI Main
Office will be closed for the
Independence Day Holiday.
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. Whenever there is a
thunderstorm -i!e Ir ni_, -, 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
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
Next weekend, there will be no trip,
as it is the start of our Summer Break.
The next activity will be our Midterm
Picnic, which will also be the
welcome picnic for our incoming B-
The following are ELI Birthdays for
the week ofJune 12-18:
June 12: Yahya Aseri
June 15: Mohammed Kidrawi
June 16: Ibrahim Alkhedair
I he Weekly Newsletter o
the English Language Institute
Volume 109, Issue 6
June 12, 2009
June 17: Waleed Aljadhie
June 18: Haiyan Xing
None this week!
Q: Why do Americans open the door for
A: We don't always. This is more a
big-city vs. small-town custom. I
don't really have much of a problem
opening the door to strangers here in
Gainesville, particularly in the
apartment complex where I live,
because it's a low-crime area and there
really isn't any reason for me not to.
Still, I have a tendency to leave my
door locked even when I'm at home
and to use the peephole to look out
before I do open the door.
Q: Why do you say, 'Bless you," when a
A: This is just generally what we say
for a sneeze-we also occasionally
use the German phrase,
"Gesundheit!" It's customary for us
to say it when anybody sneezes. To
leave the sneeze unacknowledged is
Q: Do Americans ike foreign students?
A: In my experience, we do.
Obviously, I can't speak for the other
315 million or so people, but we are a
pretty friendly bunch, and we do like
to find out about other cultures.
Q: Why aren't there more convenience stores
in the US?
A: Just as a personal observation, it
seems to me that this is a peculiarity
of Gainesville. Many of our towns
and cities actually do seem to have
more of them per capital, with less
distance between them. The town
that I moved here from certainly did.
Q: Which is correct: "I wanna see a
movie," or 'I want to see a movie"?
A: This is an interesting point that is
terribly confusing for many foreign
speakers. Basically, the first one is
what we say and the second one is
what we write. This is called
reduction, and it's a phenomenon that
occurs when our speech starts to run
the sounds of common phrases
together. After many years, decades
or centuries of use, the reduction
often actually becomes the written
Q: Is there an easy way to learn irregular
A: No, unfortunately, there isn't. It's
one of those things like vocabulary in
general that only comes with
memorization and practice.
Whenever evil befalls us, we ought to
ask ourselves, after the first suffering,
how we can turn it into good. So shall
we take occasion, from one bitter
root, to raise perhaps many flowers.
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