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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: February 18, 2011
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Highlights Paynes Prairie Notes from the Office Birthdays Manners T h e ELI Weekly Paynes Prairie More outdoor fun This Saturday, February 19 th come out for Hiking on Paynes Prairie We will walk along the La Chua Trail on Paynes Prairie. You will see lots of Alligators and other fantastic wildlife. When: We will meet at the Norman Garage at 1 0 am. What to wear/bring: Wear closed toed shoes! Bring water, sun block and a picnic lunch. Cost: FREE. Join us! Notes from the Office Spring Break and I 20s Spring Break is a week and a half away! If you plan to leave the US at all during the break even on a cruise or a day trip to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, or the Bahamas please remember to come to the office to have your I 20 signed so that y trouble getting back into the country! ELI T Shirts -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 b efore 1:30pm. Get yours today! The Next Trip For the n ext two weekend s there will be no scheduled activit ies due to midterms and Spring Break. Our next activity, the following weekend, on March 12 th will be our Welcome Picnic for the new B Term students Details about the trip will be on the Activities Board and in that Weekly Birthdays The following are ELI Birthdays for the week of February 18 24 : Students: February 20: Reem Aldalbahi February 23: Ali Alsheraifi February 24: Yahy a Albkuri February 24: Fahad Alghamdi Staff: None this week! Happy Birthday one and all! Manners and Culture Q: What is the origin of Mardi Gras? Carnival? A: We do. Mardi Gras carries the same origins as Carnival. In New Orleans, we have our largest version, but there are a lot of cities around the US with similar celebrations. It follows Catholic tradition of partying and eating in the days before Lent, which is a essentiall y a period of giving up excesses and addictions. Q: Is there a time when Americans leave the home with no help from the parents? When? parents somehow throw their kids out automatically at 18 and tell them to of individual families. In the US, independence in all forms is a cornerstone of our culture, but that doe automatically cut off at some magical parents STILL help me out sometimes just because they want to! Some families are more connected The Weekly Newsletter of the English Language Institute Volume 11 4 Issue 6 February 18 201 1

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than others, but our personal identity is also very important to us. wedding? A: Tradition. Weddings in the US still have more older forms of etiquette attached to them than there are with most any other social function. Grammar Q: Can I omit the auxiliary verb (do, does, did) in a wh question? or some other auxiliary or modal, you need it. That being said, there are dialects of American English that do sometimes omit it, but in the standard Q: What does the future perfect express? A: That one action will be completed before a fixed point or another action in the future. there is an excess beyo nd what is that there is more than expected, but conversationa l, and it should never be used in formal writing. Quote of the Week The limits of my language mean the limits of my world Ludwig Wittgenstein 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