* Daytona Beach
* Activities Schedule
The ELI Weekly
A day offun in the sun!
WHAT: Come for a day of surf, sun,
and sand at world famous Daytona
Beach. We will drive to the beach in
the morning and spend the day
sunning, swimming, and having fun!
After the beach, we will stop at a
restaurant to eat.
WHEN: Saturday, July 19th. We will
meet at the Reitz Union TRiP office
located on the ground floor at 8:30
AM. Our return time will depend on
how long we want to spend at the
beach. The latest we will return to
Gainesville would be 10:30 PM.
WHAT TO BRING:
A bathing suit
A picnic lunch
A change of clothes
The ELI semester picture has been
rescheduled for Thursday, July 24th at
1:50pm., still on the steps of Tigert
Hall. We will walk over near the end of
the first L/S hour at 1:40pm. Part-
timers not taking L/S, don't forget that
we want you to come, too!
The following is the acitivites schedule
for the remainder of the semester;
please check the Acitivies Board for
Meet at the
Mony Center Pool
7:00 PM Swimming (Mon. May 19
(Charlotte) only-Meet at
at 6:30) Bnng
your Gator 1 ID
Tuesday Chow and Chat
11:00-1:00 (Josh and Mane) Flonda Room
Meet at Nm
Wednesday Garage to take
4:30-7:30 Bus #1 to
(If you have Coffee Talk Starbucks on
class until 5:00, (Megan) Archer Road
join us Free
for coffee and
food if you like.)
Thursday Volleyball Meet at NRN
5:00-7:00 pmena) Garage
Meet at the Reitz
Friday Gator Nights no n
6:00 (Sarah and Nate) Desk
(Bring UF ID.)
> Library Fines and Infirmary
Fees-Since we're coming closer
to the end of the semester, we just
want to remind you that now is a
good time to think about clearing
up any fees and fines that you
might have with the university. If
there are any outstanding balances
owed, we won't be able to release
any of your academic information
or certificates to you.
> Part-time students and TOEFL:
Part time students, don't forget-if
you wish to take the ELI TOEFL
with the other students, you must
actually sign up for it in the ELI
Main Office, Room 315. If you
have not already done so, please go
and sign up as soon as possible.
> Travel and I-20s--Don't forget, if
you are planning to leave the
country during the break between
semesters and then return to the
US, you must have your 1-20
signed in the ELI Main Office
(Room 315) in order to be allowed
back into the country!
T he Weekly Newsletter of
the English Language Institute
Volume 106, Issue 10
July 18th, 2008
Next Weekend, on Satuday, July 26th,
we will be staying here in Gainesville
and going to Skate Station Funworks!
Details will be on the Activities Board
and in next week's Weeky.
The following are ELI birthdays from
Missed one last week-so sorry!
July 15: Mohammed Kidrawi
July 18: Andres Maldonado
July 18: Natally Alvarez
July 20: Christine Roqhuette
July 20: Eun Bi Ko
July 24: Alison Camacho
Happy Birthday, one and all!
Q: What is the most common exclamation for
Americans in each emotion? When do they say
Supinse -> Really?
Shock -> Oh, my God!
Amazement -> Wow!
Anger -> Sh (You know)
A: Your question is difficult to answer
completely, mainly because there are so
many variations, even regionally (and
according to audience), as to how we
express strong emotion.
Those are all good, really, though that
last one by itself is more commonly
used for sudden pain or clumsiness,
such as situations when you hit yourself
on the finger with a hammer or you
drop your glass of cola all over the
white carpet-and that one is very
dependent on your audience. It's not
something that most of us would say in
front of our grandmothers, for
example. Also, the use of "God", as in
your shock example, is considered to
be possibly offensive to some people-
be careful about using that one, too!
This is a good time to mention that you
might want to ask your Language
Assistants in your Listening/Speaking
classes about the Curse Words Activity,
as well as about other idioms that we
use when we want to express strong
Q: 'f were a child, I wouldread a lot of
books." In this example, why isn't it, '7fI
was a child... "?
A: This is an unreal conditional. That
is, in this statement, you're not now a
child, so that's an unreal situation. In
an unreal present/future conditional,
we use what is called the past
subjunctive in the "if" clause. In every
verb but one, that looks exactly the
same as the simple past. The exception
is the verb "to be", in which case we
use only the "were" form. It reads the
same way no matter what the subject is,
including "I" and "he/she/it". So, you
would also say, "If he were a child..."
the same way.
Q: What are the traditionalfoods in the US?
A: There's no one really good answer.
The US is made up of many different
regions, each with its own foods and
customs. Mainly, you will find that
hamburgers are favorites around the
country, and the formerly Southern
specialty fried chicken is really popular,
too. In the Northeast, seafood is very
popular. In the South, heavy fried
foods, vegetables cooked in fat, and
biscuits are the norm. In the Midwest,
cor is probably the most ubiquitous
food. In Texas and the Southwest, it's
beef and northern Mexican spices.
And in the Pacific Northwest, Salmon
is very popular. Generally, you will find
that most Americans have bread and
potatoes as their starches, but there are
variations on that, too!
The easiest thing in the world to be is
you. The most difficult thing to be is
what other people want you to be.
Don't let them put you in that position.
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UNIVERSITY of FLORIDA
English Language Institute
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315 Norman Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-7051, USA
Phone: (352) 392-2070
Fax: (352) 392-3744