* St. Petersburg
* Notes from the Office
The FT I Weekly
A day offun in the sun!
A day of fun in St. Petersburg, Florida!
There is a lot to do in St. Pete,
including visiting an aquarium, the
Salvador Dali museum, the beach,
shopping and much more! We will
decide which activities to do on
Saturday, July 18th. We will meet at the
Norman Garage at 9am. Our return
time will depend on how long we want
to spend in St. Pete. The latest we will
return to Gainesville will be 10:30 PM.
WHAT TO BRING:
A bathing suit and a towel
A picnic lunch or money for lunch and
shopping (if you like)
A change of clothes
> Library Fines and Infirmary
Fees-Since we're coming closer
to the end of the semester, we just
want to remind you that now is a
good time to think about clearing
up any fees and fines that you
might have with the university. If
there are any outstanding balances
owed, we won't be able to release
any of your academic information
or certificates to you, and you will
not be permitted to take the ELI
> Part-time students and TOEFL:
Part time students, don't forget-if
you wish to take the ELI TOEFL
with the other students, you must
actually sign up for it in the ELI
Main Office, Room 315. If you
have not already done so, please go
and sign up as soon as possible.
> Travel and I-20s--Don't forget, if
you are planning to leave the
country during the break between
semesters and then return to the
US, you must have your 1-20
signed in the ELI Main Office
(Room 315) in order to be allowed
back into the country!
Next Weekend, on Satuday, July 26th,
we will be going to the 1-75 Super
Flea Market! Details will be on the
Activities Board and in next week's
The following are ELI birthdays from
July 22: Sarang Lee
July 22: Youngsuk Oh
None this week!
Happy Birthday, one and all!
Q: What is the most common exclamation for
Americans in each emotion? When do they say
Supnise -> Realy?
Shock -> Oh, my God!
Amazement -> Wow!
Anger -> Sh (You know)
A: Your question is difficult to answer
completely, mainly because there are so
many variations, even regionally (and
according to audience), as to how we
express strong emotion.
Those are all good, really, though that
last one by itself is more commonly
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used for sudden pain or clumsiness,
such as situations when you hit yourself
on the finger with a hammer or you
drop your glass of cola all over the
white carpet-and that one is very
dependent on your audience. It's not
something that most of us would say in
front of our grandmothers, for
example. Also, the use of "God", as in
your shock example, is considered to
be possibly offensive to some people-
be careful about using that one, too!
This is a good time to mention that you
might want to ask your Language
Assistants in your Listening/Speaking
classes about the Curse Words Activity,
as well as about other idioms that we
use when we want to express strong
Q: 'IfI were a child, I would read a lot of
books." In this example, why isn't it, 'f I
was a child..."?
A: This is an unreal conditional. That
is, in this statement, you're not now a
child, so that's an unreal situation. In
an unreal present/future conditional,
we use what is called the past
subjunctive in the "if' clause. In every
verb but one, that looks exactly the
same as the simple past. The exception
is the verb "to be", in which case we
use only the "were" form. It reads the
same way no matter what the subject is,
including "I" and "he/she/it". So, you
would also say, "If he were a child..."
the same way.
Q: What are the traditionalfoods in the US?
A: There's no one really good answer.
The US is made up of many different
regions, each with its own foods and
customs. Mainly, you will find that
hamburgers are favorites around the
country, and the formerly Southern
specialty fried chicken is really popular,
too. In the Northeast, seafood is very
popular. In the South, heavy fried
foods, vegetables cooked in fat, and
biscuits are the norm. In the Midwest,
cor is probably the most ubiquitous
food. In Texas and the Southwest, it's
beef and northern Mexican spices.
And in the Pacific Northwest, Salmon
is very popular. Generally, you will find
that most Americans have bread and
potatoes as their starches, but there are
variations on that, too!
The easiest thing in the world to be is
you. The most difficult thing to be is
what other people want you to be.
Don't let them put you in that position.
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