* Notes from the Office
The FJ I Weekly
A big UF tradition!
Come experience the Homecoming
Parade, a UF tradition!
Who: All Gator Fans!
What: A parade to celebrate
Homecoming! Homecoming is an
exciting time when students and
alumni come to Gainesville to show
their Gator pride! You can see floats
from different organizations within
the university, Albert and Alberta, the
UF marching band, the UF football
team, and much more!
When: Friday, October 16th. Meet at
the Norman Garage at 11am and we
will walk over! The parade begins at
12pm, but we must get a good spot!
Be sure to sign up by Thursday
October 15th at 4pm!
Where is the parade: University
Avenue...but don't forget to meet at
How Much: FREE!
What to Bring: Sunscreen, water,
folding chair (optional)
> Fake IDs-Not that we think that
our students would do such a
thing, but there are occasional
rumors. Once in a while we like
to remind you that certain things
can be more serious than some
people think they might be. A
couple of years ago, Florida
changed its laws regarding using a
fake ID to purchase alcohol and
made it much, much more
serious. The penalty is up to 5
years in prison and a ...,r
fine...and a foreign student is
subject to immediate deportation
for a felony. It's a big, big risk!
> Lost and Found-Don't forget to
check in the main office from
time to time for lost and found
items. We keep a large box with
items that have been found in our
classrooms and turned in.
r Homecoming Holiday- Friday,
October 16h, is a celebration of
UF's Homecoming. There will
be no ELI classes and the ELI
Main Office will be closed on this
Next weekend, there will be no trip in
order to allow for you to study for any
Midterm Exams your teachers may be
giving you. Our next activity will be
on Saturday, October 31st, to watch
The following are ELI Birthdays for
the week of October 16-22:
Missed one last week!
October 15: Anfal Hathah
October 21: Hamad Mohammed
Happy Birthday, one and all!
Q: Why do Americans speak so fast?
A: We don't. Relatively speaking,
English isn't nearly as fast as some
other languages. However, when you
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are learning the language, it seems a
lot faster. And, of course, your
teachers often must use "teacher
talk", that is, slower language, to make
sure that you understand.
Q: Are private universities better than
public universities? How can I know which
one is best in graduate studies?
A: It depends on what field you are
studying. Many private universities
have much larger endowments
(reserve money-usually donated by
alumni or local community figures)
than many public universities, which
receive a lot of their money from the
taxes paid to a state. For example,
Harvard University, our oldest
university in the US, has by far the
largest endowment, and it is often
considered a leader in prestigious
fields like medicine and law.
Public universities have the advantage
of being lower in cost than most
private universities, and they often
rank very high in a number of fields.
In the 2009 US News and World
Report rankings (considered one of
the better tools for ranking colleges),
the University of Florida comes in at
number 47 nationally, a very high
ranking. You can go to
to look at individual rankings.
Q: I understand the use of "get" as meaning
"obtain" or receive but can you give me an
example of when it means -.. "or
"It's getting late."
"I've been sick, but I'm getting
"The class gets more fluent every
Q: What's the -between, I7 have
read the book," and, I' have been reading
the book," and which one is correct?
A: They're both correct, depending
on what you want to say. The first
case means that you have definitely
finished reading the book. The
second case means that you have
spent some time on the reading
recently, but you probably haven't
finished the book yet.
You've got to do your own growing,
no matter how tall your grandfather
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