* Rock Climbing
* Notes from the Office
The FJ I Weekly
I he Weekly Newsletter o
the English Language Institute
Volume 110, Issue 6
February 26, 2010
Wall Climbing at Lake Wauburg
More outdoor fun!
This Saturday, February 27th, come
join the ELI as we climb the 53 foot
wall at the Lake Wauburg South
Shore. It's a fun and exciting outdoor
You don't want to climb? That's ok!
You can play softball horseshoes or
soccer. There's canoeing hiking, and
a large area for having a picnic with
your language assistants and friends!
When: We will meet at the Norman
Garage at 11am.
What to wear/bring: Wear closed-
toed shoes! Bring water, sun block,
and a picnic lunch.
Cost: FREE. Bring your UF ID.
> Spring Break and I-20s Spring
Break is a week and a half away!
If you plan to leave the US at all
during the break-even on a
cruise or a day trip to Canada,
Mexico, the Caribbean, or the
Bahamas-please remember to
come to the office to have your I-
20 signed so that you won't have
trouble getting back into the
> ELI T-Shirts--Don't forget,
everyone (students, teachers, and
staff alike!), we are selling ELI T-
Shirts for only $10 (exact change
only). To purchase yours, just see
Sonja in the main office any day
before 1:30pm. Get yours today!
For the next two weekends, there will
be no scheduled activities due to
Spring Break. Our next activity, the
following weekend, on March 20th,
will be our Welcome Picnic for the
new B-Term students. Details about
the trip will be on the Activities Board
and in that week's Weekly.
The following are ELI Birthdays for
the week of February 26-March 4:
March 2: Noghely Diaz
March 3: Cesar Pena
March 1: Sierra Meador
Happy Birthday one and all!
Q: What is the origin of \ Gras?
Why don't the Americans celebrate
A: We do. Mardi Gras carries the
same origins as Carnival. In New
Orleans, we have our largest version,
but there are a lot of cities around the
US with similar celebrations. It
follows Catholic tradition of partying
and eating in the days before Lent,
which is a essentially a period of
giving up excesses and addictions.
Mardi Gras literally means "Fat
Q: Is there a time when Americans leave the
home with no he fom the parents? When?
A: It's a common misconception that
parents somehow throw their kids out
automatically at 18 and tell them to
sink or swim. It's very much a matter
of individual families. In the US,
independence in all forms is a
cornerstone of our culture, but that
doesn't mean that all support is just
automatically cut off at some magical
point or age. Heck, I'm 46 and my
parents STILL help me out
sometimes just because they want to!
Some families are more connected
than others, but our personal identity
is also very important to us.
Q: Why does the_ family pay for the
A: Tradition. Weddings in the US
still have more older forms of
etiquette attached to them than there
are with most any other social
Q: Can I omit the auxiiary verb (do, does,
did) in a wh- question?
A: No. If there is no form of "to be"
or some other auxiliary or modal, you
need it. That being said, there are
dialects of American English that do
sometimes omit it, but in the standard
use, it's necessary.
Q: What does the futureperfct express?
A: That one action will be completed
before a fixed point or another action
in the future.
Q: What's the -
many" and "so many"?
' between "too
A: "Too" is an expression that means
there is an excess beyond what is
tolerable. It's generally considered a
negative expression. "So" in this
context means "very". It just means
that there is more than expected, but
it's still on the good side of the line of
tolerance. This usage of "so" is only
conversational, and it should never be
used in formal writing.
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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Phone: (352) 392-2070
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