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The Weekly Newsletter of the English Language Institute a Volume 101, Issue 5
This Saturday, September 30th, you and your
ELI friends have a chance to visit St.
Petersburg (St. Pete, as Floridians call it), a
popular vacation spot known for its beaches, art
S.... ..:: ..... and history museums, great shopping,
restaurants, and vibrant downtown.
St. Petersburg is located on Florida's west coast
and is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico to the
west and Tampa Bay to the east. It's about two
and a half hours from Gainesville and is said to
have the best beaches in the U.S.
If you're interested in joining in, you will need
to purchase a $25 van ticket from the TriP
office by 3pm on Wednesday, September 27th
There are 13 seats on the van, but only six
remain! If you do want to go, please sign up as
soon as possible. In addition to the van fee, you ,,.
will need to bring spending money.
Travel Plans: If you are planning to travel during the winter break (December 16th January 7th), we suggest
you make your reservations now. You will not be able to leave earlier than December 15th. You may have
trouble finding a ticket with the dates you need if you wait much longer. Flights fill up quickly for this time of
Inside this issue:
St. Petersburg Winter Break Travel I Speaking to the Elderly Pointing I Cars in the U.S.
Thanks for all the wonderful questions you've submitted. Please
email any questions you have about culture and manners to our ELI
Weekly editor, Jen Ramos, at email@example.com, or put
questions in her mailbox (marked Ramos in the ELI Main Office).
Q: Is it impolite to point at someone?
A: What a good question! It seems to depend on the other elements
involved. For example, pointing and whispering = impolite. Pointing
and laughing = impolite. Pointing and screaming = quite hostile.
Pointing and exclaiming You are the most intelligent person I know =
one fine compliment.
Q: Do I need to use special expressions of respect with elderly
A: In general in English, there aren't special terms or language
constructions just for speaking to elders, but there are some things
you can do: use Yes, Ma 'am or Yes, Sir instead of simply yes or yeah.
You could maybe add a little softness or sweetness to your tone of
voice. Of course, it goes with out saying to keep your language clean,
and opt for more formal phrases: How do you do, Ma 'am vs. Hey,
Q: What is the most popular form of transportation in the U.S. ?
What could be more American than the automobile! I think it's safe
to say that outside major U.S. cities like New York, the car rules and
is a necessary part of life for most people. Even some very large U.S.
cities like Los Angeles and Miami are hard to get around in without a
car. Some cities with good public transportation include: Boston,
Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. And still their streets
are jammed with traffic
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Sept. 29th: Hee Kyung Yoon
Sept. 30th: Wendy Conley
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