* Summer Weather
The EI1 Weekly
Good luck on your exams!
There is no scheduled ELI trip this
weekend, as it is the beginning of our
Summer Break! Meanwhile, this week,
many classes will be holding Midterm
Exams. Good luck on your exams,
r Summer Break and I-20s
Summer break is less than a week
away! If you plan to leave the US
at all 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 I-
20 signed so that you won't have
trouble getting back into the
> July 4t Holiday-On Monday,
July 5th, there will be no classes and
the ELI Main Office will be closed
for the Independence Day
We've come to realize in the past that
not all of our students are aware of our
unique weather problems in Central
Florida. One hazard that you should
watch out for is lightning. We have
more thunderstorms in the
summertime here in Florida than there
are in a year in any place else in the
world, so lightning here is a serious
danger. Whenever there is a
thunderstorm -h!, Ir, nin, you should
go inside as soon as possible. A car is
also a safe place. DO NOT stand
under a tree or near anything that might
be the tallest thing in the area or use a
metal-tipped umbrella, as that is exactly
where lighting is most likely to hit.
Another thing that you should prepare
for (though it's certainly much less
likely than thunderstorms!) is
hurricanes. You can go to
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ to keep
apprised of hurricane activity, and they
also have some excellent preparation
and planning tips in their left-hand
navigation menu. Also, of course, if
there is any hurricane threatening
Gainesville, we here at the ELI will
keep you informed and make sure you
know what to do and where to go. The
main thing about the NOAA website is
that they have some excellent tips
about early preparation!
Next weekend, there will be no trip, as
it is the start of our Summer Break.
The next activity will be a visit to
Crescent Beach, on Saturday, July 3rd.
Details on this trip will be in the next
issue of the Weekly and on the
The following are ELI Birthdays for
the weeks of June 18-July 1:
June 24: Aminata Ouedraogo
June 19: Emily Kirby
June 29: Valentina Komaniecka
Q: Why do Americans open the door for
A: We don't always. This is more a
big-city vs. small-town custom. I don't
really have much of a problem opening
the door to strangers here in
Gainesville, particularly in the
apartment complex where I live,
because it's a low-crime area and there
really isn't any reason for me not to.
Still, I have a tendency to leave my
door locked even when I'm at home
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Volume 109, Issue 6
June 12, 2009
and to use the peephole to look out
before I do open the door.
Q: Why do you say, 'Bless you," when a
A: This is just generally what we say
for a sneeze-we also occasionally use
the German phrase, "Gesundheit!" It's
customary for us to say it when
anybody sneezes. To leave the sneeze
unacknowledged is considered rude.
Q: Do Americans ike foreign students?
A: In my experience, we do.
Obviously, I can't speak for the other
315 million or so people in the US, but
we are a pretty friendly bunch, and we
do like to find out about other cultures.
Q: Why aren't there more convenience stores
in the US?
A: Just as a personal observation, it
seems to me that this is a peculiarity of
Gainesville. Many of our towns and
cities actually do seem to have more of
them per capital, with less distance
between them. The town that I moved
here from certainly did.
Q: Which is correct: '7 wanna see a movie,"
or '7 want to see a movie"?
A: This is an interesting point that is
terribly confusing for many foreign
speakers. Basically, the first one is what
we say and the second one is what we
write. This is called reduction, and it's a
phenomenon that occurs when our
speech starts to run the sounds of
common phrases together. After many
years, decades or centuries of use, the
reduction often actually becomes the
Q: Is there an easy way to learn regular and
A: No, unfortunately, there isn't. It's
one of those things like vocabulary in
general that only comes with
memorization and practice.
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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315 Norman Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-7051, USA
Phone: (352) 392-2070
Fax: (352) 392-3744