* Summer Break
* Notes from the Office
The EI Weekly
Staying in Florida? There's lots to do!
Next weekend, Saturday, June 19th,
marks the beginning of our Summer
If you do not yet have any plans for
Summer Break, we have some
suggestions for you! Within an easy
day's drive from Gainesville, you will
find Atlanta at one end and Miami at
the other, with Savannah,
Jacksonville, Cedar Key, Orlando,
Tampa/St. Petersburg, and many
other interesting places in between.
There are a number of good Internet
resources to help you locate last-
minute hotel and flight reservations,
notably Travelocity, Expedia, and
Orbitz, found at
http://www.orbitz.com/. And, if you
really want good bargains and are
feeling adventurous, then you can try
out Priceline bidding at
planning on renting a car, then be
sure to call all of the companies in
town to check on the available rates.
If you would like advice on travel,
especially if you're going to Orlando
or staying here in the Southeast, then
please feel free to ask me about it
anytime. You may stop by my office
(Room 310) or e-mail me at
toddy33(aufl.edu and I'll get back to
you as quickly as possible!
If you are among those staying in
Gainesville, there are lots of things to
do, too! If you like museums, there
are the Har Museum of Art and the
Florida Museum of Natural History,
both located on the southwest side of
campus. Each of these provides a
nice afternoon of cultural enjoyment.
If you like nature, check out the
Devil's Millhopper State Geological
Site and Kanapaha Botanical
Gardens. And if you like bicycling,
there is the Gainesville-Hawthorne
Rail Trail -- 15 miles of paved cycling
trail that winds through Paynes Prairie
and beyond. Also, you can try the
Depot Avenue/Waldo Road trail
Wherever you go and whatever you
choose to do, be careful and have a
Effective July 1, the use of
cigarettes or other tobacco
products on the UF campus,
including in parking lots and
vehicles, will not permitted. UF is
leading the state in promoting
tobacco-free university campuses
with the goal of providing a
healthy and comfortable campus
environment for everyone.
There is no ELI trip scheduled this
week, as we are coming up on our
Midterm Week. On Saturday, July 3d,
we will be going to Crescent Beach.
Details will be on the Activities Board
and in the next Weekly.
> Summer Break and I-20s
Summer break is only a week and a
half away! If you plan to leave the
US at al during the break-even on
a cruise or a day trip to Canada or
Mexico-please remember to come
to the office to have your 1-20 signed
so that you won't have trouble
getting back into the country!
> July 4th Holiday-Since July 4th
falls on a Sunday, Monday, July
5th, there will be no classes and
the ELI Main Office will be
closed for the Independence Day
I he Weekly Newsletter o
the English Language Institute
Volume 112, Issue 5
June 18, 2010
Monday's Pool Party activity time has
been changed to 6-9. Keep watch on
the Activities Board for any further
The following are ELI Birthdays for
the weeks ofJune 11-17:
June 11: Ayano Saito
June 15: Abdulgader Bayazid
None this week!
Happy Birthday, one and all!
Q: When somebody invites me for the fit time
to his herpary or birthday and I cannot attend
this one, what is the suitable way to -1 .'. '.' to
thisperson? Or I had better accept invitation even
if I cannot attend?
A: No, no, no. Just so you
remember that word. Unlike some
cultures, it is not considered impolite
to refuse or to say "No." It is
considered terribly impolite to say,
"Yes" and then not to show up.
There is no need to apologize. Just
smile and say, "Thank you, but I
won't be able to come at that time."
Q: Is it OK if I didn't give a to to the
pizza deliver man despite the fact that I
paid the delivey fee?
A: No. The newly attached delivery
fee (these started popping up a couple
of years ago when gas prices soared)
goes to the company. The tip goes to
the driver and is still customary.
Q: Grammar Questions: What is the
Sin using "Among" and
A: "Between" is for only two things
and "among" is for more than two
Q: Can I use the conjunction, 'yet"?
A: You can, but to properly answer
your question, I will say that most of
us don't anymore. "But" is really our
total catchall for contrast, even
unexpected ones, in spoken English.
pg -s* --
Wise men talk because they have
something to say; fools, because they
have to say something.
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Gainesville, FL 32611-7051, USA
Phone: (352) 392-2070
Fax: (352) 392-3744