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The EI Weekly
I he Weekly Newsletter oJ
the English Language Institute
Volume 106, Issue 4
May 30, 2008
Islands of Adventure
Theme Park Fun
This Saturday, May 31s, the ELI is
headed to Islands of Adventure
Theme Park at the Universal Studios
Orlando Resort. Islands of
Adventure is a wonderful world of
fantasy with many different thrilling
rides and attractions.
When: Saturday, May 31st. Meet at the
TRiP office in Reitz Union at 8:00am.
We will return to Gainesville around
What to Bring: Money for food,
walking shoes, sunscreen, and a
passion for roller coasters!
Want to go? Get your tickets on
Thursday from the TRiP office. Van
tickets are '^ '., r Islands of
Adventure ticket are 4 '.00 + tax.
The TRiP office does have the
correct tickets. You must purchase
them on Thursday. If you have
any questions, come and see
Kristen or Noreen.
***** If the van is not full, the trip
will be CANCELLED!***
> Class Attendance-Remember,
your attendance is very, very
important. Your teachers are
taking note of both your absences
and your tardies in every class
> Student Mailbox-Don't forget
to check the student mailbox in
the main office from time to
time. There is mail for some
returning students already.
Don't forget, everyone (students,
teachers, and staff alike!), we are
selling ELI T-Shirts for only $10
(exact change only). To purchase
yours, just see Sonja in the main office
any day before 1:30pm. Get yours
Next weekend, we will be going
Tubing on the Ichetucknee River.
Details about the trip will be on the
Activities Board and in next week's
The following are ELI Birthdays for
the week of May 30-June 5:
June 2: Lina Maria Camacho
June 4: Patsy Andujar
May 31: Billy Welch
Q: Why doesn't the ELI use whiteboards
instead of. .',,: -,,.; i, ? There are so many
advantages-and they don't cause .
A: I agree. I hate chalk dust-it
makes me sneeze, too.
Really, there are several very good
reasons. The main one is that we
probably aren't going to make any
major changes to our facilities for a
while. There has been a bit of
uncertainty for a few years about
whether or not the ELI will be able to
keep its space in Norman Hall. One
thing that we are changing in the
(hopefully!) not-too-distant future is
new carpeting. But overall, things like
whiteboards represent a major capital
investment. Chalk is a lot less of an
investment for now!
Q: Can I say ." to everyone I meet? In
my county, we don't do this.
A: We don't do it in a lot of the US,
but it is very common in the Southern
US in particular. Gainesville is
definitely in the Southern US!
Though you probably will say "hi" or
"hey" rather than "hello"-we rarely
use "hello" except in formal situations
or in answering the telephone.
Q: When someone invites you to an
American house what is the best way to be
poite with the hosts?
A: By showing up on time. Also, you
may bring a small gift, such as
chocolate, flowers, or (if you know
your hosts drink) wine. This part is
not required, however. It's
appreciated, but not expected.
Q: Can you tell me how to greet
people in a group of different ages in
We don't make age distinctions in
English the way that some languages
Q: Some of my classmates don't use
deodorant and the classroom smells strong
sometimes. Is it okay ifI tell them?
A: No, but it's okay ifI do here.
Folks, this is always something of a
problem for us, given the
multicultural nature of the ELI and
the fact that deodorant use isn't
common in some countries, while it's
very common or even basically
socially required in others. Here in
the US, we do have people who
actively protest and get quite angry
when people indicate that they might
benefit from the use of deodorant,
but even a great majority of us do use
it, too. If you come from a culture
that doesn't use it, please be aware
that you probably smell pretty strong
to your classmates and maybe even
some of your teachers. If you are
aware and you don't want to do
anything about it, that's your right, of
course, but people are probably
talking about it.
Q: How do I answer tag questions? That
is, if someone says, 'tt's hot, isn't it?" do I
answer with positive or a negative if it is
A: A common point of confusion!
You agree with the original statement.
So, in the case you gave, the answer
would be 'Yes."
Q: How can I use "say", "tell", and
A: Say something (to someone), tell
someone (something), tell the truth,
tell a story, speak to someone, and
speak a language.
When you cannot get a compliment
any other way, pay yourself one.
Uff IEnglish Language Institute
UNIVERSITY of FLORIDA
English Language Institute
PO Box 117051
315 Norman Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-7051, USA
Phone: (352) 392-2070
Fax: (352) 392-3744