* Volunteer Day
* Countries Represented
The ELI Weekly
S Come out and be seen!
The ELI Class picture for Summer,
2010 will be taken at the front of Tigert
Hall on SW 13th Street on Tuesday, July
13th, at 2:05pm. We will walk over
together toward the end of the first
hour of Listening/Speaking Classes or
Listening/Speaking LA hours, at
1:50pm. If it is raining on Tuesday, we
will hold the picture on Thursday at the
For any and all students not taking
Listening/Speaking classes, as well as
all other teachers, LAs, and any other
ELI personnel who wants to
participate, we very much would like to
encourage you to come and join us for
> Appointments: Students, when
you receive a note from the office
asking you to make an
appointment to see one of our
administrators, or if you have a
need to see someone, please go to
our receptionist in the main office
to make the appointment. This
allows for time to prepare and have
an adequate amount of time to
discuss whatever issues may be
needed. Please realize that you
may have to wait for a long time if
you walk into the office without an
> Lost and Found: If you should
lose something in the classrooms
or elsewhere at the ELI, do come
and check to see if it has been
turned in in the Main Office,
Room 315. Also, if you find
something in the classrooms that
got left behind, this is the place to
This weekend, we will be holding our
second Volunteer Day of the semester.
The following is a list of the activities;
further details, including meeting times,
will be on the Activities Board.
> Help walk, bathe, and play
with pets at Alachua
Animals from 9:30am-
12noon. Meet at Norman
Garage. Wear sneakers and
comfortable clothes to work
> Want to meet new American
friends and UF students? Help
serve lunch to the homeless
at St. Francis House from
8:30am-12noon. Meet at
> Spend time with the elderly
residents at Emeritus from 2-
5pm. With the residents you
can play bingo, go bowling,
attend an ice cream social,
and give manicures! Meet at
the Cabana Beach rental
> Do you like fishing? Come
volunteer for Fishing for
Success from 9:15am-lpm!
Help a group of autistic
children catch and release fish
and take pictures of the
families attending the event
Meet at Norman Garage.
Remember to sign up for the volunteer
activity of your choice and arrive ON
TIME at Norman Garage! Any
questions? See Ximena in room 318.
See you Saturday!
The following are ELI birthdays from
July 18: Rasheed Alghamdi
July 19: Iris Martinez
July 19: Hyppolite Lidwine
T he Weekly Newsletter o
the English Language Institute
Volume 112, Issue 8
July 16, 2010
July 22: Isnel Pierreval
Oops! Missed one last week. Lili Gai's
birthday was Thursday, July 8th.
Happy Birthday, one and all!
Next weekend, on Saturday, July 24th,
we will be going to Busch Gardens.
This is a van trip.
The following are the countries and
places represented by our students in
our new B-Term:
Ecuador Saudi Arabia
Q: Why do people in the USprefer traveling
by car rather than by airplane?
A: Well, we have such a culture built
around the automobile. Our roads are
really good for the most part, and auto
travel is usually cheaper than air travel,
even for distances of 1000 miles or
more. Also, there are a lot of
conveniences built around auto travel.
It will be interesting to see, in coming
years, just how much and in how many
ways this may change, depending on
the price of gas!
Q: Why do the Americanpeople
flops a lot?
A: This one's a classic "Gainesville"
question. People all over the US don't
wear flip-flops and other types of
sandals as much as you will find that
they do here in Gainesville and in
Florida. It's warm-weather fashion,
and we have a lot of warm weather!
Q: What's aphrasal verb?
A: Wow, interesting question. A
phrasal verb is a verb that adds another
word (or words), usually a preposition,
that changes the meaning of the action
completely. For example, "I dropped
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him." Contrast that with, "I dropped
him off." In the first example, the
meaning is very specific...it means that
I was carrying him, physically, and I
couldn't or wouldn't hold on to him,
and I dropped him. In the second case,
it means that I was transporting him,
most likely in my car, and I drove him
to his house and let him out of the car
There's a catch. Students are often
looking for a shortcut to understanding
them, and there isn't one. The
prepositions don't always make sense if
you try to isolate them. Each time you
change the preposition, you change the
meaning entirely-basically, creating a
new dictionary word. The only way to
master phrasal verbs is to take notice of
how they are used and practice,
practice, practice, just like you would
with any other new vocabulary.
Love yourself first and everything else
falls into line. You really have to love
yourself to get anything done in this