T he Ieekv ly Naletter of
the Eng~lis Langulage Institulte
bolzne 113, Isze 3
September 17, 2010
Don't forget, everyone (students,
teachers, and staff alike!), we are
selling ELI T-Shirts for only $10
(exact change only). To purchase
yours, just see Judith in the main
office any day before 1:30pm. Get
Next weekend, we will be holding our
first Volunteer Day of the semester.
Details will be presented in the
Volunteer Seminar, and also will be
on the Activities Board and in the
The following are ELI Birthdays fbt
the week of September 17-23:
September 21: Valentina Estebanes
September 21: Youssif Makhzoum
September 21: Andrea Rey
None this week!
Happy Birthday, one and all!
This Saturday, September 18th, we ar
going to play Paintball!
Paintball is a popular game in the U.S.
People are armed with "guns" and
shoot paint at their "enemies" in a
When: Saturday, September 18th.
Meet at the Norman garage at
11:30am. We will retum around 5pm.
Cost: The cost is "o fbt equipment
and 200 paintballs. You may purchase
equipment and 500 paintballs fbt $35.
This is a carpool trip. Please sign up
on the activities board by Thursday,
October 1st at 4pm.
So come and play!
> Student Mailbox-Don't forget
to check the student mailbox in
the main office from time to
time. There is mail fbt some
retuming students already.
9: IP y doesn't UP have mor-eparking
A: No place to put them. This is not
just a problem at UF--it's a difficult
choice for many universities around
the country. Some people suggest
that we should put garages where
there are now lots, but that isn't a
good solution, either. The roads and
the existing infrastructure can't sustain
that many cars entering and
discharging from a singe location.
This is one of the reasons that
Gainesville has a much larger bus
system than most cities this size in the
US and why UF and Santa Fe fund a
large portion of the bus system's
operating budget. Which leads us to
the next question...
9: WhP y i ther-e so little pubic
tr-ansbportation on the weekends in
A: Actually, buses running on the
weekends in Gainesville at all is
relatively new--less than 10 years.
The fact of the matter is, not many
people actually use the buses on
weekends, and when they do, they
aren't moving in a common direction
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as they are during the week. So, there
isn't a cost justification for running
many routes and buses on weekends.
9: Why do Amerizcans eat a lot of
A: Speed, simplicity, and cost.
O:Aire theire class dis-tinctions is Amerizcan
A: Sure. They're based mainly on
socioeconomic status, though, and
not by birth. Money does stratify us,
but we also have a very, very large
9: What is the meaning of the
A: Just what the name says, basically.
It's a day that we set aside to express
our appreciation for all the people in
Our lives and all the things that we
have to be thankful for. Thanksgiving
is the universal family holiday in the
US, as it doesn't have specific ties to
any one particular religion or belief
A: It's not just Americans--it's all
English speakers. Partly, we can
blame the French--the words that
came to us from French have the
most silent letters. However, in
general, the answer to your question
lies in the fact that English is a
combination of several different
language groups, each with its own
sound system and spelling system.
Couple that with the fact that there
was NO standardized spelling in
English at all until well into the 19"
Century, and we find lots of reasons
for the crazy spelling and
pronunciation that we have today.
I'd rather be a failure at something I
love than a success at something I
O: What's the -
Sbern een hear and
A: Whether or not the action is on
purpose or intended. You hear
something whether you want to or
not--the sound reaches your ear and
enters your brain. You listen to
something because you want to.
9: Do I need a contma befor-e a
FANVBOYS conjunction in all cases?
A: No, just in the case of a
compound sentence or in a series of 3
or more items.
Q: If y don'tAmerizcans pinnou~nce the
nvoids the m~y they aire written?
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