T he Ieekv ly Naletter of
the Eng~lis Langulage Institulte
bolzne 113, Isze 2
September 10, 2010
Take part in a unique Gainesville
stunmertime tradition!! Float down the
beautiful, crystal clear water of the
Ichetucknee River while you relax in an
inner tube. Enjoy the Florida sunshine,
the cool water and the company of your
When: Saturday, September 116h. Meet at
NRN Garage 10:30am. Each car will
decide its own return time, probably
around 3:00pm. Sign up on the activities
board by 4pm, Thursday, September 9".
If it is rainig on Saturday, call 273-4395 to
see if the trip has been cancelled.
Cost: The entrance fee is :.11 II)fr each
t e. Also bring about $5 to rent an inner
What to Bring: Bring lunch, your bathing
suit, and sunscreen.
Have a great day, everyone!
> Immunizations-Don't forget; we
must have proof of your
immunizations for you to be allowed
to attend classes. The deadline this
semester is Thursday, September 9".
We often have quite a few students
who are very surprised to be pulled
out of classes at this particular time for
this particular reason. Don't be one
> Student Mailbox-Don't forget to
check the student mailbox in the main
office from time to time. There is
mail for some returning students
Next weekend, we will be here in
Gainesville for Paintball! Details will be
on the Activities Board and in next week's
The following are ELI birthdays from
September 10: Andreina Pinto
September 11: Roger Moncada
September 12: Maria Lehm Ardaya
September 12: Jon Madriaga
None this week!
Students, many of you may have heard
about the controversy surrounding a very
small, intolerant church here in
Gainesville. There are activities going on
on Saturday that we want to be a part of in
order to help show that Gainesville is a
place where everyone is welcomed.
Mayor Craig Lowe has declared this to
be Interfaith Solidarity Day
Gainesville Muslim Initiative (GMI)
hosts A Day of Peace & Unity
Beginning at 5:00 p.m., GMI will be
Didl y 1lz l the d evr S Iturday).
Gainesville community members will also
have the opportunity to donate blood at
the plaza during a blood drive at this time;
there will also be a book drive and a bood
Around 7:30pm, GMI will host a program
on the Bo Diddley stage. Community and
religious leaders from around the
community, state, and nation will have the
opportunity to speak here, but should
notify GMI prior to the event to
help maximize coordination.
Happy Birthday to one and all!
* Tubing on the Ichetucknee
ThF IT W el
Tubing on the Ichetucknee
tipping is expected, but there are some that
7011 might think require tipping that don't.
The following is a pretty good indicator--
though not a totally exhaustive list--of
when and where and how much you
Hairdressers and Nail Sculptors: 15 to
=I I" ,, of the total bill
Hotels: Bellhops, $1 per bag, $5 minimum
total; Concierge, $5 to $1[) for special
services; Maids, for long stays, $1 per
person per night, at the end of stay; Room
Service, 150 of total-sometimes this
amount or even more is already added in
Parking: Valet parking at a hotel or
restaurant, $2. Note that many people
now tip both dropping off and picking up.
Pizza Delivery: $1 per pizza
Restaurants: 15 to =I I" of the total bill;
more if the service was particularly
memorable or if you have many special
requests which are promptly and cheerfully
honored. Tipping in restaurants is
particularly important here in the US;
servers in restaurants have a minimum
wage of only '-l 3 an hour--less than
41I I".. of the national minimum wage.
Taxis: $1 minimum, 150 on fares over $8.
Dnvers in large cities expect =I I" .
Additionally, in some places, there will be
people who help you outside with your
purchases (as in the grocery store). With a
particularly helpful person or a particularly
large order, you may offer a tip of a dollar
or two--but if you see a sign inside the
store (once again, as in many grocery
stores), that employees are not allowed to
accept tips, don't offer. Another note to
remember about tipping is that when you
are part of a large party in a restaurant and
you are splitting the bill, make sure that
you calculate and include the tip in the
amount you contribute to the total amount
paid; this is a common error which often
shortchanges the service person. Some
restaurants nowadays automatically include
a 150 gratuity in the bill for large groups.
9: Why, do Amerizcans Lke beer- so match?
A: It seems that way, doesn't it? You're in
a college town, and college students tend
to drink more beer than a lot of the
population at large. It's a fairly inexpensive
way to consume alcohol. The US, though,
isn't even in the top 10) when it comes to
per capital beer consumption--we rank
only 13th. The top 12, in order are: the
Czech Republic, Ireland, Gennany,
Australia, Austria, the UK, Belgium,
Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, Slovakia,
No grammar questions yet this week! Be
sure to send me some.
One has to get on with life and I haven't
done badly. People won't have time for
you if you are always angry or complainig.
SSte hen Hawking
The following is a list of ELI Countries
represented by our students, listed by the
country or area you put down when you
0: I nonder- aboa~tAmerizcan tiP cullture~. Who
shoald la? How malch? In my coventry, ne
don 't tip.
Interesting you should ask; usually, we
don't have any questions yet, and I run a
Well, most often, you tip for services .
received. The origin of the word "tip" is
something that is not 100"..' certain~, but
the most common story is that it comes
from the acronym To Insure Prompt
Service. There are many situations where
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