Title: ELI weekly : the weekly newsletter of the English Language Institute
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Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: October 30, 2009
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* Time Change
* Football

* Manners
* Grammar

The FJ I Weekly

Set Your Clocks
Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend

This Saturday night, October 31st into
November 1st, don't forget to set your
clocks one hour back, as we will be
going off of Eastern Daylight Time
and returning to Eastern Standard
Time. Officially, the time change
occurs at 2am on Sunday morning. If
you forget, then you will be here a
whole hour earlier than you have to
on Monday!

In addition to the change itself, we
would also like to make you aware of
another issue-safety. For those of
you who are out after 6pm every day,
be aware that the sun will be setting at
around 5:30; starting Monday, it will
be dark in the early evening. This
brings us a couple of issues:

] Bicycling: If you bike to school,
do remember that it is the law in
Gainesville (and a darn good
safety idea, anyway) that you
must have a working headlamp
on the front of your bike and a
red safety lamp on the rear of
your bike after dark. If you don't,
it's very difficult to see where
you're going, and you will receive
a traffic ticket (with a fine of $95,
folks!) if you are seen by the
] Walking: You should not walk
alone in the dark. You should
find a partner to walk with to the

bus stops and to your apartment

Start planning now; it's best to be
prepared for the time change!

This Saturday, November 1st, we are
having a Football Party and
watching the Florida-Georgia football

The UF vs. the University of Georgia
football game is a huge tradition in
Gator football! Every year, these two
rivals take on each other in neutral
territory in Jacksonville to show
which is the better team. Our party
will be a chance for you to come
together as friends to eat, watch the
game, and cheer on the Gators! This
year it will be a particularly
"spirited" atmosphere since it's also
Halloween. Feel free to wear a

Where: Cabana Beach clubhouse.
We will meet there at 3:00pm.

When: Saturday, October 31st from
3:00pm to around 6:30pm.

Cost: Bring $5-7 for pizza and sodas.

> Travel and I-20's-Even though
it's a bit early, there are several
holidays coming up. Do
remember that if you travel
outside the country during this
time, you will need to get your I-
20 signed in the ELI Main Office
before you go, in order to ensure
that you will be able to return to
the US when the holiday is over!
> Noise in the Hallways-Folks,
just a little reminder. We share
the 3d Floor of Norman Hall
with a lot of other offices and
different people. We would like
to remind you please to keep the
noise levels down as much as you
can. One suggestion is that you
do your best to speak English,
even between classes. A number
of you really do speak a lot louder
when you use your native
language. It's good practice and
it will save a few headaches!

The following are ELI Birthdays for
the week of October 30-November 5:

November 1: Junghyun Kwon

I he Weekly Newsletter o
the English Language Institute
Volume 110, Issue 8
October 30, 2009

Highlighft I

November 3: Rawan Alkhalaf
November 4: Mahmoud Khedher

October 30: Fiona Lama
November 3: Farrah Frazier

Q: Why don'tAmericans take their shoes
the house?

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 American people wear during
the winter?

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
basis now!

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

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