* Volunteer Day
* Countries Represented
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Come out and be seen!
The ELI Class picture for Summer,
2009 will be taken at the front of Tigert
Hall on SW 13th Street on Tuesday, July
14th, at 1:40pm. We will walk over
together toward the end of the first
hour of Listening/Speaking Classes or
Listening/Speaking LA hours, at
1:30pm. For any and all students not
taking Listening/Speaking classes, as
well as all other teachers, LAs, and any
other ELI personnel who wants to
participate, we very much would like to
encourage you to come and join us for
> Appointments: Students, when
you receive a note from the office
asking you to make an
appointment to see one of our
administrators, or if you have a
need to see someone, please go to
our receptionist in the main office
to make the appointment. This
allows for time to prepare and have
an adequate amount of time to
discuss whatever issues may be
needed. Please realize that you
may have to wait for a long time if
you walk into the office without an
> Lost and Found: If you should
lose something in the classrooms
or elsewhere at the ELI, do come
and check to see if it has been
turned in in the Main Office,
Room 315. Also, if you find
something in the classrooms that
got left behind, this is the place to
This weekend, we will be holding our
second Volunteer Day of the semester.
The following is a list of the activities;
further details, including meeting times,
will be on the Activities Board.
> Help groom retired horses at
Mill Creek Horse Farm from
9am-lpm. Meet at Norman
Garage at 8:15am. Wear
sneakers and comfortable
clothes to work outdoors.
Bring carrots if you want to
feed the horses!
> Want to meet new American
friends and UF students? Help
serve lunch to the homeless
with a UF student
organization called Project
Downtown Gainesville from
1-2:30pm. Meet at Norman
Garage at 12:30pm.
> Help build houses for
families in need with Habitat
for Humanity from 9am-2pm.
Meet at Norman Garage at
8:30am. Wear sneakers and
comfortable clothes to work
for working outside. A FREE
lunch will be provided!!!
> Spend time with the elderly
residents at Emeritus
(formerly Summerville) from
2-4:30pm. With the residents
you can play bingo, go
bowling, attend an ice
cream social, and give
manicures! Meet at Cabana
Beach at 1:45pm.
> Do you like canoeing? Come
volunteer for a river cleanup
on canoes from 9am-12pm!
Wear sneakers and
comfortable clothes to work
outdoors. Meet at Norman
Garage at 8:15am. We will be
traveling to a place north of
Gainesville called Rum Island!
Remember to sign up for the volunteer
activity of your choice and arrive ON
TIME at Norman Garage! Any
questions? See Chanelle in room 318.
See you Saturday!
T he Weekly Newsletter of
the English Language Institute
Volume 109, Issue 9
July 10h, 2009
The following are ELI birthdays from
July 15: Maria Pinzon Aaron
Oops! Missed one last week. Lili Gai's
birthday is Wednesday, July 8th.
Happy Birthday, one and all!
Next weekend, on Saturday, July 18th,
we will be going to St. Petersburg.
This is a van trip.
The following are the countries and
places represented by our students in
our new B-Term:
Colombia Saudi Arabia
Q: Why do people in the US prefer traveling
by car rather than by airplane?
A: Well, we have such a culture built
around the automobile. Our roads are
really good for the most part, and auto
travel is usually cheaper than air travel,
even for distances of 1000 miles or
more. Also, there are a lot of
conveniences built around auto travel.
It will be interesting to see, in coming
years, just how much and in how many
ways this may change, depending on
the price of gas!
Q: Why do the Americanpeople
lops a lot?
A: This one's a classic "Gainesville"
question. People all over the US don't
wear flip-flops and other types of
sandals as much as you will find that
they do here in Gainesville and in
Florida. It's warm-weather fashion,
and we have a lot of warm weather!
Q: What's aphrasal verb?
A: Wow, interesting question. A
phrasal verb is a verb that adds another
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word (or words), usually a preposition,
that changes the meaning of the action
completely. For example, "I dropped
him." Contrast that with, "I dropped
him off." In the first example, the
meaning is very specific...it means that
I was carrying him, physically, and I
couldn't or wouldn't hold on to him,
and I dropped him. In the second case,
it means that I was transporting him,
most likely in my car, and I drove him
to his house and let him out of the car
There's a catch. Students are often
looking for a shortcut to understanding
them, and there isn't one. Each time
you change the preposition, you change
the meaning entirely-basically,
creating a new dictionary word. The
only way to master phrasal verbs is to
take notice of how they are used and
practice, practice, practice, just like you
would with any other new vocabulary.
Love yourself first and everything else
falls into line. You really have to love
yourself to get anything done in this