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ELI weekly : the weekly newsletter of the English Language Institute
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Title: ELI weekly : the weekly newsletter of the English Language Institute
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Language: English
Creator: English Language Institute, University of Florida
Publisher: English Language Institute
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: January 21, 2011
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Highlights Paintball Countries Birthdays Manners T h e ELI Weekly Paintball! Come out and have some fun! This Saturday, January 2 2 nd we are going to play Paintball! Paintball is a popular game in the U.S. setting. When: Saturday, January 22 nd Meet at the Norman garage at 12: 3 0 pm. We will return mid to late afternoon If it is raining on Saturday, call 273 4395 a fter 10am to f ind out if the trip has been cancelled or postponed. Cost: The cost of paintball will be $17 $25 for a basic package. This will cover the rental fee for your gun and safety equipment, use of the field, and 2 00 paint bullets. This is a carpool trip. Please sign up on the activities board by Thursday at 4 pm. WHAT TO WEAR: Paintball is not a dangerous game, but the paint bullets can sting. For this reason, you should wear clothes that can get dirty with long sleeves and long p ants Dark colored clothing is best so that you are more camouflaged. Also, because we will be in the woods, you should wear sneakers. You might get hot, so BRING WATER! So come and play! Notes from the Office Immunizations Don't forget; we must have proof of your immunizations for you to be allowed to attend classes. The deadline this semester is Wednesday, January 19 th We often have quite a few students who are very surprised to be pulled out of classes at this particular time for this p articular r one! Smoking Remember, folks, that there is no smoking ANYWHERE on the UF campus. If you need to smoke, speak to your LAs about places where it might be acceptable. Personal Belongings Unfortunately, some of our students find good idea to leave your personal just for a few minutes. If you have to leave an area, such as an empty classroom before class or your table in the library, be sure and take your stuf f with you to ensure that you still have it when you return! The Next Trip Next weekend, we will be going holding our first Volunteer Day of the semester Details will be on the Activities Board Weekly Birthdays The following are ELI birthdays from January 21 27 : Students: January 24: Florian Batteux January 24: Douglas Velazquez Cortez Staff: January 26: Joel Deacon Happy Birthday to one and all! Recreational Facilities There has been some confusion about the use of UF recreational facilities. ELI students are able to use the pools, Lake Wauburg, Florida Gym, O'Connell Center weight rooms, and other outdoor fields an d courts by showing their Gator 1 card. On the other hand, ELI students do not have access to the Student Recreation & Fitness Center, Southwest Recreation Center and the Broward Outdoor Recreation Center without paying a membership fee because these The Weekly Newsletter of the English Language Institute Volume 114, Issue 2 January 21 2011

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facilities are funded by UF degree seeking student activi ty fees. ELI Countries Represented The following is a list of ELI Countries represented by our students, listed by the country or area you put down when you signed in: Bolivia Brazil Canada Chile China Colombia Ecuador France Greece Haiti Honduras Iran Italy Japan Korea Kuwait Libya Oman Panama Saudi Arabia Spain Switzerland Taiwan Turkey UAE United States Venezuela Manners and Culture Q: I wonder about American tip culture. Who should I tip? How much? In my country, we Interesting you should ask; usually, we tip column instead of a manners column. answer! Well, most often, you tip for services received. The origin of the word "tip" is something that i s not 100% certain, but the most common story is that it comes from the acronym To Insure Prompt Service. There are many situations where tipping is expected, but there are some that you might think require tipping that don't. The following is a pretty goo d indicator -though not a totally exhaustive list -of when and where and how much you should tip: Hairdressers and Nail Sculptors : 15 to 20% of the total bill Hotels : Bellhops, $1 per bag; $5 minimum total; Concierge, $5 to $10 for special services; Maid s, for long stays, $1 per person per night, at the end of stay; Room Service, 15% of total sometimes this amount or even more is already added in bill (check!) 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 20% 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 $2.13 an hour less than 40% of the national minimum wage. Taxis : $1 minimum, 15% on f ares over $8. Drivers in large cities expect 20%. 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 restaur ant 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 15% gratuity in the bill for large groups. Q: Why do Americans like beer so much? in a college town, and college students tend to drink more beer than a lot of the inexpens ive way to consume alcohol. when it comes to per capita beer consumption we rank only 13 th The top 12, in order are: the Czech Republic, Ireland, Germany, Australia, Austria, the UK, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, L uxembourg, Slovakia, and Spain. Grammar No grammar questions yet this week! Be sure to send me some. Quote of the Week The usual fortune of complaint is to excite contempt more than pity. Samuel Johnson English Language Institute PO Box 117051 315 Norman Hall Gainesville, FL 32611 7051, USA Phone: (352) 392 2070 Fax: (352) 392 3744 Email: StudyEnglish@eli.ufl.edu Webpage: www.eli.ufl.edu