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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: May 20, 2011
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Highlights Tubing Notes from the Office Birthdays Manners T h e ELI Weekly Tubing on the Ichetucknee Outdoor Fun Take part in a unique Gainesville summertime 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 ELI family!! When: Saturday, May 21 st Meet at NRN Garage 10:30am Each car will decide its own return time, probably around 3:00 pm Sign up on the activities board by 4 pm Thursday, May 19 th Cost: The entrance fee is $ 6 .00 for each car. Also bring about $ 5 to rent an inner tube. What to Bring: Bring lunch your bathing suit, and sunscreen. Also, if you have a camera or electronics such as a phone you have them in a Ziploc bag. Notes from the Office Class Attendance Remember, your attendance is very, very important. Your teachers are taking note of both your absences and your tardies in every class every day. Student Mailbox check the student mailbox in the main office from time to time. There is mail for some returning students already. The Next Trip Next weekend, we will be going on our first Volunteer Day of the semester. Details about the trip will be on the Weekly Ramadan Patti Moon, regarding Ramadan and absences: To our practicing Muslim students: Welcome to the Summer 2011 term! Summer is a great time to be i n Gainesville and North Florida because there are so many wonderful activities that can be done outdoors. This summer, Ramadan falls at the end of our term during the last two weeks of classes and during finals. Because Ramadan is such a lengthy period a nd special accommodations cannot be made for exams and absences, please keep in mind the importance of working extra hard this term: studying hard and saving all your absences. By doing so, you will have strong grades, and will have learned everything we ll, so that the end of the term will be easy for you. This will help you in case you feel tired at the beginning of the fasting period. Please remember that we continue to track your attendance through August 10, 2011. All non probationary students are p ermitted a maximum of 36 hours of absences regardless of the reason (this includes leaving early, hospital visits, or religious holidays). Students cannot leave early for Ramadan only. If there is an emergency and you must leave early, the last day to see me is July 11, 2011. Study hard and be diligent. The end of the term will then be easy for you! Birthdays The following are ELI birthdays from May 27 June 2 : Students: May 27: Muhaysen Alotaibi May 28: Jaber Alshehri Staff: None this week! Happy Birthday to one and all! The Weekly Newsletter of the English Language Institute Volume 115, Issue 2 May 20, 2011

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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: Angola Benin Bolivia Brazil Canada Chile China Colombia Ecuador Honduras Iraq Japan Korea Kuwait Libya Niger ia Qatar Saudi Arabia 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 is no t 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 good in dicator -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; Maids, 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 specia l 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 fares 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 ti p 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 restau rant 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. Grammar Q: I ask, "Are you at the lab?" and my student replies, "Sure." He means yes, or of course, but it doesn't really make sense. I've had other students make this same mistake. How do I explain the difference between 'yes' and 'sure'? accepting an invitation or agreeing to or giving like to g perfectly acceptable Quote of the Week One has to get on with lif e and I haven't done badly. People won't have time for you if you are always angry or complaining. Stephen Hawking 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