The Weekly Newsletter of the English Language Institute Volume 101, ssue 4
September 19, 2006
Interested in seeing 10,000 year-old artesian springs considered the largest in
the world? Then come to Silver Springs, the 350-acre natural theme park
where you'll find: the famous lighthouse ride, children's playland, water
shows, animal shows, wilderness trails, glass bottom boat rides, river cruises,
animal habitats, botanical gardens, food, and shopping!!
Silver Springs is located 90 miles north of Orlando, just east of Ocala. You'll
be able to see Florida's largest alligators, endangered bears and panthers, and
a variety of wildlife shows from birds of prey to snakes and reptiles.
The cost is $33 for adults and $24 for children aged 3-10
years old. Children 2 and younger are free. (Prices don't include tax). Bring any Coca-Cola
product and receive a $7 discount! Also, if we have 15 or more students, the price will be
reduced to $15 each. You can purchase your tickets online at www.silverprings.com, but if
you want the discount you must buy your tickets at the park.
The ELI trip to Silver Springs will be this Saturday, September 23rd. We will meet at
10am at Norman Garage. Be sure to sign up by 4pm Thursday, September 21st on the activities board. You
will need to bring spending money, sunscreen, bottled water, and a Coca-Cola product for your discount.
Speaking English-As you have surely noticed, your teachers and the ELI staff are giving you daily
reminders to speak English in the hall. If you don't speak English after we've reminded you, we will then ask
you to leave the third floor. Remember, hearing and speaking only English at the ELI makes a huge
difference in your learning. So, encourage your friends to speak to you in English! You will be amazed at the
Inside this issue:
Silver Springs Saying Goodbye Umbrellas
If you have a question about U.S. manners and culture, please
email our ELI Weekly editor, Jen Ramos, at
email@example.com, or put questions in her mailbox (marked
Ramos in the ELI Main Office).
Q: When you leave a party, should you say goodbye to your host?
Do you have to say goodbye to everyone else at the party?
A: Yes, it certainly is considered polite to thank your host and say
goodbye. It is also considered good manners to say goodbye to the
other guests, as long as it's a manageable task. If there are a large
number of people at the gathering, you might just say goodbye to
those you know, have been speaking to, and those you see on the way
out the door.
Q: The other day it was raining and I noticed only a few people
were using umbrellas. Why is that? Also, do people use umbrellas to
protect themselves from the sun?
A: That's an interesting observation! I can venture some guesses as
to why most people you saw were umbrella-less. Most likely, it
wasn't raining that morning when people left their houses, so they
weren't prepared with their umbrellas. Also, it seems most people
prefer a little rain (or sprinkling) on them to actually having to carry
As for your second question, the answer is no, not usually. In the
past, people did use umbrellas to shade their faces from the sun, but
it's rarely done nowadays. A fair complexion used to be seen as
elegant, but now everyone is seeking the golden tan. We even apply
"fake" tans with creams and makeup.
HKappy Birthday to:
Sept. 23: Hani Alrefay
Sept. 24: Ahmed Almgrashi
Sept. 25: David Ilyumzhinov
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