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The EI1 Weekly
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the English Language Institute
Volume 107, Issue 8
October 17, 2008
Cedar Key Seafood Festival
S Old Florida charm and food!
Come with us for a fun day to one of
Florida's natural wonders Cedar
Key Island in the Gulf of Mexico!!
Walk around downtown and see arts
and crafts from artists around the
country, plus enjoy local seafood. We
may also have dinner later at one of
the many unique restaurants located
on the water and see the beautiful
scenery (and maybe dolphins!) as we
enjoy our meal!
WHEN: The ELI will be going to
Cedar Key Saturday, October 18th.
We will meet at the Norman Hall
garage at 11:00am. This is a carpool
trip, so you need to sign up on the
Activities Board by 5:00pm on
Thursday, October 16th.
COST: You will need to bring
money to eat and shop. The
following are optional:
1) You can also take a 11/z-hour island
cruise for .2) if you want to!!
2) Bring money if you want to shop
or eat at the festival.
3) Dinner will probably be around
$10-15 per person.
WHAT TO BRING: Wear
comfortable clothes and bring
sunscreen. You will also want to
wear shoes that are comfortable to
Next weekend, on Friday, we will be
going to the UF Homecoming
Parade. On Saturday, we will be
holding our Midterm Picnic, which
is also our Welcome Picnic for our
new B-Term Students, who will be
having their check-in sessions and
beginning class next week. Come out
and say hi to the new ELI students!
Details about the parade and the
picnic will be on the Activities Board
and in next week's Weekly.
forget, folks, that next Friday,
October 24th, is a UF holiday. There
will be no classes, and the ELI Main
Office, as well as much of the UF
campus, will be closed.
The following are ELI Birthdays for
the week of October 17-23:
October 17: Jinjing
October 22: Fatimah Almahdi
October 18: Nate Bloemke
Q: Why don'tAmericans take their shoes
A: A perennial favorite from our
Asian friends, this one! Here's an
answer to the question that I
published way back in Fall 2000:
This is a question that comes up every
semester. And it is one that honestly
seems to illustrate the point that there
are simply going to be differences in
cultural perception and personal
habits among different groups of
people. The answer is that it's not just
Americans. It's pretty much a division
of East and West. In the West, the
foot itself is perceived, generally, as
less than sanitary. As a matter of fact,
going barefoot in many public places
is actually sometimes a violation of
sanitation regulations--this is
particularly true where food is being
sold or prepared. If we were to walk
into the house of an acquaintance and
remove our shoes upon walking in
the door, it would be perceived as the
act of a rude (if not perhaps even
slightly crazy!) person. Among very
close friends who are just plain
comfortable in the house with no
shoes, it's okay, but you should
remove yours only if your host does!
Q: What do Americanpeople wear during
A: Well, the answer to that one will
vary considerably, as we have so many
different climate areas here in the US.
Here in Gainesville, it doesn't change
much even up until January, usually,
as our temperatures don't go down
much below the low 60s even at night
until then. From January until early
March, you will find that most people
will be wearing long pants, multiple
layers, and jackets. Then, as spring
begins, it goes back pretty much to
what you are used to seeing on a daily
Q: How can I request it ifI want to borrow
someone's laptop? Should I say, "Could you
lend me your laptop?" or "Can I borrow
A: Either one is fine in terms of the
use of lend/borrow. For something
as high-end as a laptop, though, I
would also suggest adding softeners
such as "please" and changing the
models. So, you would say instead,
"May I please borrow your laptop?"
or '. .I.I. you please lend me your
Q: What do Americans do on the weekend?
A: What do you do on the weekend?
We'd pretty much get the same kind
of variety if we asked a random group
of Americans as we would if we asked
a random group of ELI students.
Some would say they sleep, some
would say they party, some would say
they travel, some would say they do
household chores, some would say
they study, etc. Most likely, you'd
even get a combination of all of those
answers. I personally, for example,
always do my laundry and some light
housework, and often go to Walt
Disney World. I don't think you'd get
the same answer if you asked any
other one person here at the ELI!
Q: How do I know when a verb needs a
A: There are no rules or shortcut
answers for this question. Each
phrasal verb (verb/preposition
combination) has its own use and
meaning just as each individual word
does, too. You should use the same
techniques and practice for phrasal
verbs that you do for any other
vocabulary. Take note of phrasal
verbs that you encounter, check the
context, look them up, listen to how
and when others use them, and
practice as much as you can.
Q: A friend sees me working on my
homework. Which question is correct,
'Have you been doingyour homework ?" or
'Have you done your homework?"
A: It would depend on what your
friend actually wants to know. If the
meaning is along the lines of asking
about your activity, then the first
question would be correct. If the
meaning is about whether or not you
have actually finished the work, then
the second question would be correct.
When you dance, your purpose is not
to get to a certain place on the floor.
It's to enjoy each step along the way.
--Dr. Wayne Dyer
UF English 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