* Volunteer Day
The ELI Weekly
Help others while helping yourself
This Saturday, May 29th, we are holding
our first Volunteer Day of the fall
term. This is your chance to help out
the community while practicing your
English in a real-life environment.
Below is a description of the volunteer
activities going on this weekend. We
will meet at different times. Students,
language assistants, teachers, and staff
will meet and head to the different
sites. Please sign up on the Activities
Board for your choice of activity by
4pm on Thursday, May 27th. There is
no cost to volunteer. Wear
comfortable clothes and sneakers. You
should bring waterto each
Project Downtown Gainesville-
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 12:30-2:30pm. Meet at
Alachua Animals- Come walk,
wash, and play with the pets from
Alachua Animals from 9:30am-12noon.
Meet at Norman Garage.
Keep Alachua County Beautiful
Campaign-Clean up around the
roads and nature areas of Gainesville
from 8:15am-10am. Meet at Norman
Emeritus-Play games and talk with
elderly people from 1:45pm-5pm.
Meet at the Cabana Beach Rental
If you have any questions about any of
the activities, see Ximena in the CIP
Office, Room 318.
Have a great day, everyone!
Next weekend, we will be going
Tubing on the Ichetucknee. Details
about the trip will be on the Activities
Board and in next week's Weekly.
The following is our afternoon activity
schedule. Please check the Activities
Board from time to time to see if there
are any changes.
Day/Time Activity Location/Cost
Pool Party The Swimming
Mony Pool at The Laurels
Monday at the
6:30 PM Laurels Apartments.
Jessica) Bnng a snack ifyou
Tuesday Soccer Normal Field
7:00 PM (Jeremy) Free
Ben andjenrrs on
W y Archer Rd.
Wednesday Coffee Talk Free
(Shelby) (Bnngmoney for
coffee and food if
Karaoke at Lolhp
Thursday aoce at Free.
7:00 PM Oleher Bnngmoneyfor a
(Heather) drnnk ifyou like.
Movie Lexington Crossing
Fnday ght Free.
8:00 PM Nit Bnngmoney ifyou
( ws) ant to order pizza.
The following are ELI birthdays from
May 28-June 3:
May 29: Jinhyoung Kim
June 3: CosmeJaramillo
None this week!
Happy Birthday to one and all!
T he Weekly Newsletter of
the English Language Institute
Volume 109, Issue 3
May 28, 2010
Q: What is thepoite way toplace my knife
andfork when Ifinish my meal?
A: On your plate. The arrangement
doesn't really matter beyond that. You
may also place your napkin beside the
plate when you're completely finished,
but if you just get up in the middle of
the meal and come back, leave it on
Q: Why do American Guys never kiss each
other when they meet?
A: Like so many customs related to
greeting ours come from Northern
Europe, where this custom didn't
develop the way it did in Southern
European and Mediterranean culture.
When two American men do kiss as a
matter of custom upon meeting there
are multiple possibilities. If they kiss
on the cheek, they probably have some
connection to Mediterranean culture
(this may be especially true in South
Florida). If they kiss on the mouth, as
is becoming more common these days,
then they may well be a couple.
Q.: What is the polite form for region questions?
Sometimespeople invite you togo their church before
that they know you What can you do in this
A: There is no really polite form for
religion questions for people you don't
know well. This is considered a taboo
topic in polite American society, as we
are a very pluralistic society and religion
is a source of potential conflict.
That having been said, if you know
someone pretty well or they know
clearly that you are asking from a
cultural point of view, then you may
ask first politely if it's all right to ask
about their religion. Just be aware that
there may be a lively discussion.
As to the last part of your question, just
like anything else, you have a choice.
You can accept if you're curious and
interested, or you can politely decline
with a "No thank you." There is no
further explanation required, and you
may consider the person rude if they
persist. In the case of people officially
assigned to you such as conversation or
EESEE partners, if there is a situation
that makes you feel at all
uncomfortable, you should please
come and talk to Noreen or Ximena as
soon as possible.
Q: When can I wite in thepassive form?
A: You should avoid it whenever
possible. However, you may use it
when the performer of the action is
completely unknown or completely
obvious and redundant, or if you are in
a situation in which you really don't
want to reveal the performer of the
Q: Is there a specic rule to know when we
should use a gerund or an infinitive as the
object of a verb?
A: The Holy Grail of grammar
questions. The answer is, "No." Much
as I would love to give you one, there is
little logic when it comes to this
situation. There are verbs that take
only one or the other, there are verbs
that take both with a change in
:i,' nii n _and there are verbs that take
both with the same meaning. The only
absolute way to know them is to
You're only given a little spark of madness.
You mustn't lose it.
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