* Busch Gardens
* Notes from the Office
The EI Weekly
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the English Language Institute
Volume 112, Issue 9
July 23, 2010
S KG Busch Gardens
GA ENS. Theme Park Fun!
Busch Gardens is a theme park in
Tampa. It is famous for its roller
coasters and its wild animals. Among
the roller coasters is "Sheikra", that has
two 90 degree angle drops making it
the first coaster of its kind in the
Americas and only the third in the
world. This is one of the most popular
trips of the semester, don't miss it!
For more information visit their
website at www.buschgardens.com
WHEN: Saturday, July 24th. We will
meet at the Norman Hall garage at
9:00am. The park will be open until
10:00pm. Depending on the group
decision, we may return to Gainesville
as late as 12:00midnight. We will go
rain or shine.
TRANSPORTATION: This is a van
trip so you must purchase a
transportation pass for ^)2 from
Noreen in the CIP office on Tuesday,
July 20th from 9:30am 1:30pm. This
is non-refundable. Please bring
COST: The cost of transportation is
^* 2 for a seat in the van. Busch
Gardens admission tickets for Florida
residents are $69.95. Bring your Gator
1 card or Florida driver's license to
prove that you are a Florida
You can buy your admission ticket to
Busch Gardens now and use it as many
times as you want until December 31,
Bring money for food and souvenirs.
r Library Fines and Infirmary
Fees-Since we're coming closer
to the end of the semester, we just
want to remind you that now is a
good time to think about clearing
up any fees and fines that you
might have with the university. If
there are any outstanding balances
owed, we won't be able to release
any of your academic information
or certificates to you.
r Travel and I-20s--Don't forget, if
you are planning to leave the
country during the break between
semesters and then return to the
US, you must have your I-20
signed in the ELI Main Office
(Room 315) in order to be allowed
back into the country!
Next Weekend, on Satuday, July 31st,
we will be going Rock Climbing at
Lake Wauburg South! Details will be
on the Activities Board and in next
Steve wants us to let you know that the
deadline for the ELI Student Voices is
coming up! Please have all materials to
Steve by Friday, July 30th. Entries
should be submitted electronically to
his email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following are ELI birthdays from
July 23: Majed Haanbazaza
July 26: Abdulsalam Alanazi
July 26: Mubarak Alkatheeri
July 26: Noreen Baker
July 29: Todd Allen
Happy Birthday, one and all!
Q: What is the most common exclamation for
Americans in each emotion? When do they say
Supinse -> Really?
Shock -> Oh, my God!
Amazement -> Wow!
Anger -> Sh (You know)
A: Your question is difficult to answer
completely, mainly because there are so
many variations, even regionally (and
according to audience), as to how we
express strong emotion.
Those are all good, really, though that
last one by itself is more commonly
used for sudden pain or clumsiness,
such as situations when you hit yourself
on the finger with a hammer or you
drop your glass of cola all over the
white carpet-and that one is very
dependent on your audience. It's not
something that most of us would say in
front of our grandmothers, for
example. Also, the use of "God", as in
your shock example, is considered to
be possibly offensive to some people-
be careful about using that one, too!
This is a good time to mention that you
might want to ask your Language
Assistants in your Listening/Speaking
classes about the Curse Words Activity,
as well as about other idioms that we
use when we want to express strong
Q: 'fI wee a child, I wouldread a lot of
books." In this example, why isn't it, "I I
was a child... "?
A: This is an unreal conditional. That
is, in this statement, you're not now a
child, so that's an unreal situation. In
an unreal present/future conditional,
we use what is called the past
subjunctive in the "if' clause. In every
verb but one, that looks exactly the
same as the simple past. The exception
is the verb "to be", in which case we
use only the "were" form. It reads the
same way no matter what the subject is,
including "I" and "he/she/it". So, you
would also say, "If he were a child..."
the same way.
Q: What are the traditionalfoods in the US?
A: There's no one really good answer.
The US is made up of many different
regions, each with its own foods and
customs. Mainly, you will find that
hamburgers are favorites around the
country, and the formerly Southern
specialty fried chicken is really popular,
too. In the Northeast, seafood is very
popular. In the South, heavy fried
foods, vegetables cooked in fat, and
biscuits are the norm. In the Midwest,
cor is probably the most ubiquitous
food. In Texas and the Southwest, it's
beef and northern Mexican spices.
And in the Pacific Northwest, Salmon
is very popular. Generally, you will find
that most Americans have bread and
potatoes as their starches, but there are
variations on that, too!
The easiest thing in the world to be is
you. The most difficult thing to be is
what other people want you to be.
Don't let them put you in that position.
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