The ELI Weekly
Come out and have some fun!
This Saturday, January 17th, we are going
to play Paintball!
Paintball is a popular game in the U.S.
People are armed with "guns" and shoot
paint at their "enemies" in a wooded
When: Saturday, January 17th. Meet at the
Norman garage at 12:00 pm. We will
Cost: The cost is ^2 for equipment and
300 paintballs. You may purchase 500
paintballs for $35. You must pay this
amount IN CASH.
This is a carpool trip. Please sign up on the
activities board by Thursday at 3pm. We
need 20 people so that we can get our own
So come and play!
classes at this particular time for this
particular reason. Don't be one of
> Class Attendance-Remember, your
attendance is very, very important.
Your teachers are taking note of both
your absences and your tardies in
every class every day.
> 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
Next weekend, we will be going to the
Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. Details
will be on the Activities Board and in next
Notes fro theOfBir^tghdays
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S Immunizations-Don't forget; we
must have proof of your
immunizations for you to be allowed
to attend classes. The deadline this
semester is Friday, January 16th. We
often have quite a few students who
are very surprised to be pulled out of
The following are ELI birthdays from
January 15: Francheska Rivera
January 20: Oumou Fofana
None this week!
Happy Birthday to one and all!
The following is a list of ELI Countries
represented by our students, listed by the
country or area you put down when you
T he Weekly Newsletter oJ
the English Language Institute
Volume 108, Issue 2
January 16, 2009
Q: I wonder about American tip culture. Who
should I ti? How much? In my country, we
Interesting you should ask; usually, we
don't have any questions yet, and I run a
tip column instead of a manners column.
So, I'm going to give you my standard
Well, most often, you tip for services
received. The origin of the word "tip" is
something that is not 1(." ,, certain, but
the most common story is that it comes
from the acronym To Insure Prompt
Service. There are many situations where
tipping is expected, but there are some that
you might think require tipping that don't.
The following is a pretty good indicator--
though not a totally exhaustive list--of
when and where and how much you
Hairdressers and Nail Sculptors: 15 to
2I" .. of the total bill
Hotels: Bellhops, $1 per bag; $5 minimum
total; Concierge, $5 to $10 for special
services; Maids, for long stays, $1 per
person per night, at the end of stay; Room
Service, 15% of total-sometimes this
amount or even more is already added in
Parking: Valet parking at a hotel or
restaurant, $2. Note that many people
now tip both dropping off and picking up.
Pizza Delivery: $1 per pizza
Restaurants: 15 to 2 I" .. of the total bill;
more if the service was particularly
memorable or if you have many special
requests which are promptly and cheerfully
honored. Tipping in restaurants is
particularly important here in the US;
servers in restaurants have a minimum
wage of only 2 1 3 an hour-less than
4, .. of the national minimum wage.
Taxis: $1 minimum, 15% on fares over $8.
Drivers in large cities expect 2I ..
Additionally, in some places, there will be
people who help you outside with your
purchases (as in the grocery store). With a
particularly helpful person or a particularly
large order, you may offer a tip of a dollar
or two--but if you see a sign inside the
store (once again, as in many grocery
stores), that employees are not allowed to
accept tips, don't offer. Another note to
remember about tipping is that when you
are part of a large party in a restaurant and
you are splitting the bill, make sure that
you calculate and include the tip in the
amount you contribute to the total amount
paid; this is a common error which often
shortchanges the service person. Some
restaurants nowadays automatically include
a 15% gratuity in the bill for large groups.
Q: Why do Americans ike beer so much?
A: It seems that way, doesn't it? You're in
a college town, and college students tend
to drink more beer than a lot of the
population at large. It's a fairly inexpensive
way to consume alcohol. The US, though,
isn't even in the top 10 when it comes to
per capital beer consumption-we rank
only 13th. The top 12, in order are: the
Czech Republic, Ireland, Germany,
Australia, Austria, the UK, Belgium,
Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, Slovakia,
No grammar questions yet this week! Be
sure to send me some.
One has to get on with life and I haven't
done badly. People won't have time for
you if you are always angry or complaining.
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