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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
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Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: September 16, 2011
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Highlights Pool Party Countries Birthdays Manners T h e ELI Weekly Pool Party! Come out and have some fun! Join us for a fun day at the pool! good opportunity to make new friends, relax with old friends and of course, to cool off! Where: Greenw ich Greens Apartments on SW 39 th Blvd. (Ride Bus 12 or Bus 62) Meet at Norman Garage at 12:30 p.m. if you would like a ride to the Pool Party and remember to sign up on the activities board! When: Saturday, September 17 th 1 5 p.m. Cost: Free! What to Bring: A bathing suit, a towel, sunscreen, and friends! Have a great day, everyone! Notes from the Office Important documents: Don't forget; we must have your health history forms proof of your immunizations and proof of insurance for you to be al lowed to atten d classes. The deadline this semester is Wednesday September 14 th We often have quite a few students who are very surprised to be pulled out of classes at this particular time for this particular Student M ailbox : 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 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 next Weekly. Birthdays The following are ELI birthdays from September 1 6 22 : Students: September 1 6 : Miguel Castro September 1 6 : Estibaliz Iza Morales September 20 : Michel le Guimaraes September 21 : Maha Alghofaily September 21 : Abdulaziz Alquohi September 22 : Salwa Bazaid Staff: None this week! classmates ELI Countries Represen ted The following is a list of ELI Countries repre sented by our students, listed by the country or area you put down when you signed in: Angola Benin Bolivia Brazil Burkina Faso Canada Central African Republic Chile China Colombia Costa Rica Dominican Republic Ecuador Israel Japan Korea Kuwait Libya Nigeria Pakistan Qatar Saudi Arabia Senegal Taiwan Thailand Turkey U.A.E. United States Venezuela Vietnam Manners and Culture Q: I wonder about American tip culture. Who should I tip? How much? In my country, we Interesting you sh ould ask; usually, we tip column instead of a manners column. The Weekly Newsletter of the English Language Insti tute Volume 116, Issue 2 September 16, 2011

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answer! Well, most often, you tip for services received. The origin of the word "tip" is something that is not 1 00% 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 indic ator -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 special requests which are promptly and cheerfully honored. Tipping in restaurants is particularly i mportant 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 b e 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 st ores), 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 am ount 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? A: It s a college town, and college students tend to drink more beer than a lot of the way to consume alcohol. The US, though, per capi ta 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, Luxembourg, Slovakia, and Spain. Grammar Q: When do you use an apostrophe and when do you use A: The apostrophe is generally used for leg of the chair). Don t confuse thes e with noun adjuncts, which are when a noun modifies another noun (flower garden vs. rock garden). Wrong: The car of Rachel is getting fixed. There is a big scratch on the side of the car. side. N oun adjunct : The car stereo is broken. Wrong: The ca Wrong: The stereo of the car is broken. Quote of the Week Success is a ladder you cannot climb with your hands in your pockets. American Pro verb 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