* Canoeing on the Santa Fe
* Midterm Picnic
The ELI Weekly
She Weekly Newsletter o
the English Language Institute
Volume 107, Issue 8
Febrmay 27, 2009
Canoeing on the Santa Fe River
This Saturday, February 28th, The ELI
is going canoeing on the Santa Fe
River! We will rent canoes and float
down the river for approximately 2
hours. Along the way we can see
several of Florida's famous springs, as
well as lots of birds and wildlife!
WHEN: Saturday, February 28t1.
Meet at Norman Hall Garage at 9:30
AM. We will likely return to Gainesville
around 3:00 PM.
COST: The cost for renting a canoe
for the trip will be $14 per person.
WHAT TO BRING: You should
wear a bathing suit and shoes that can
get wet. Bring a picnic lunch and
water!!! You will not be able to take
this on the river, but you can keep it in
the car. Do not bring any valuables that
could get lost in the river. If you bring
a camera, be sure to put it in a sealed
plastic bag so it won't get wet. Also,
bring sunscreen and a towel!
Next week, on Saturday, March 7th, it
will be the beginning of Spring Break,
so we have no scheduled trip. Our
next trip will be the Midterm Picnic,
which is also the Welcome Picnic for
our incoming B-Term students. It will
be held on the second Saturday of
Spring Break, March 14th. Details will
be on the Activities Board and in next
r Spring Break There will be no
ELI classes during the week of
March 9th to 13th. Regular classes
will resume on March 16th. Please
remember that Friday, March
th andMonday, March 16h are
regular class days.
r Lost and Found: If you should
lose something in the classrooms
or elsewhere at the ELI, do come
and check to see if it has been
turned in in the Main Office,
Room 315. Also, if you find
something in the classrooms that
got left behind, this is the place to
The following are ELI birthdays from
February 27-March 5:
None this week!
February 28: Chelsea Braden
February 28: Sneha Patel
March 3: Barbara Earp
Happy Birthday, one and all!
Q: Whatis the orgin of \I : Gras? Why
don't the Americans celebrate Carnival?
A: We do. Mardi Gras carries the
same origins as Carnival. In New
Orleans, we have our largest version,
but there are a lot of cities around the
US with similar celebrations. It follows
Catholic tradition of partying and
eating in the days before Lent, which is
a essentially a period of giving up
excesses and addictions. Mardi Gras
literally means "Fat Tuesday".
Q: Is there a time when Americans leave the
home with no he from theparents? When?
A: It's a common misconception that
parents somehow throw their kids out
automatically at 18 and tell them to sink
or swim. It's very much a matter of
individual families. In the US,
independence in all forms is a
cornerstone of our culture, but that
doesn't mean that all support is just
automatically cut off at some magical
point or age. Heck, I'm 45 and my
parents STILL help me out sometimes
just because they want to! Some
families are more connected than
others, but our personal identity is also
very important to us.
Q: Why does the_ familyy pay for the
A: Tradition. Weddings in the US still
have more older forms of etiquette
attached to them than most any other
Q: Can I omit the auxz iay verb (do, does,
did) in a wh- question?
A: No. If there is no form of"to be"
or some other auxiliary or modal, you
need it. That being said, there are
dialects of American English that do
sometimes omit it, but in the standard
use, it's necessary.
Q: What does the futureperfect express?
A: That one action will be completed
before a fixed point or another action
in the future.
Q: What's the
and "so many"?
Between "too many"
A: "Too" is an expression that means
there is an excess beyond what is
tolerable. It's generally considered a
negative expression. "So" in this
context means "very". It just means
that there is more than expected, but
it's still on the good side of the line of
tolerance. This usage of "so" is only
conversational, and it should never be
used in formal writing.
I believed and I still believe that every
moment is there to be savored and to
be improved upon and invested with
humor and with beauty and solemnity.
We don't ever get to skip a single part
and sort of fast forward to the life still