* Notes from the Office
The E I Weekly
Lots of staff going on this weekend
This weekend, we are headed for a
day of sun and sand at Crescent
Beach. We will drive to the beach
and spend the day sunning,
swimming, and having fun! After the
beach, we will come back to campus
to watch fireworks at Flavet Field.
WHEN: Saturday, July 3d. Meet at
Norman Hall garage at 11:00am. We
will return by 8:00 pm and go straight
to Favet Field to watch fireworks.
WHAT TO BRING: Bathing suit,
towel, water, a picnic lunch or money
for lunch, a change of clothes,
COST: '2) (non-refundable) for a
transportation pass. You need to pay
in cash, with exact change. Bring your
money to Room 318 NRN on
Tuesday Tune 29 between 9:30 and
*For students only going to the
fireworks show, meet LAs at the
Reitz Union Food Court at 8:00 to
walk to Flavet Field. Bring a towel
to sit on and something to drink
Food is available there, but it is
> Independence Day Holiday -
On Monday, July 5th, there will be
no ELI classes and the ELI
offices will be closed for our
Independence Day holiday.
> Lost and Found Be sure to
check in the ELI Main Office if
you lose anything in the
classrooms or in the hallways.
The lost and found box is usually
full of interesting stuff
> Bulletin Boards-Students, please
do not post anything on any of
the ELI bulletin boards without
obtaining permission from the
ELI Main Office, Room 315.
Just a reminder of the new policy,
Effective July 1, the use of cigarettes
or other tobacco products on the UF
campus, including in parking lots and
vehicles, will not permitted. UF is
leading the state in promoting
tobacco-free university campuses with
the goal of providing a healthy and
comfortable campus environment for
Our next ELI activity will be the
Midterm Picnic, which is also the
Welcome Picnic for the B-Term
Students, on Saturday,July 10th.
Details will be on the Activities Board
and in the next Weeky.
The following are ELI Birthdays for
the week ofJuly 3-9:
July 5: Juan Santiago
July 6: Saud Abu Onq
July 6: Khaled Al Wataied
None this week!
Happy Birthday, one and all!
Q: IfI am late to an appointment with an
American, what should I do?
A: Well, the number one answer here
would be for me to tell you not to be.
However, unavoidable things do
happen. The main thing that you
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should do when it is unavoidable is to
call as soon as you know you're going
to be late. Calling after the fact is
better than nothing, but it's better to
keep the person informed at the time
they are waiting. Here in the US, we
consider it rude, arrogant, and selfish
to be late without a good reason (like,
maybe you're in the hospital)--and
borderline unforgivable to not show
up without calling personally. It
implies to us that you think that your
own time is more important than
Q: Sometimes fiends me rides because
I don't have a car. Is it enoughfor mejust to
A: It's a good start. If it's one or two
friends who do it a lot, then you
might want to occasionally offer to
buy them some gas, particularly these
Q: Why don't teachers here dressformally?
For example, they wear shorts to school.
A: This is not so much an American
thing as it is a Florida thing. Fashion
here is just much more casual than in
some other parts of the country,
largely due to the weather and the
resort-like atmosphere that pervades
much of the state. I personally am
one of the teachers that you mention
in your question. When I first started
working here 16 years ago, I didn't
wear shorts. And then I noticed that
many of my colleagues did, so I
adopted the practice. Fashion is often
dictated by local custom.
Q: What tenses can I use with the
expression, J time to time"?
A: This is a frequency expression that
basically indicates a habit. So, you can
use any of the simple tenses, plus
"used to" and "be going to".
Q: Do ... ", "even though", and
"although" have the same meaning?
A: At the beginning of a dependent
clause, yes. "Though" by itself has a
special use, though. It can be used at
the end of a sentence to indicate that
the speaker or writer is going to add
or just added an extra idea. As I just
did in the second sentence in this
Q: What's the
Between .. "
A: It's the same as the difference
between "take" and "give". You
borrow something from someone.
That someone lends it to you.
Interestingly, we are involved in a
shift in usage. Also, the verb 'lend" is
rapidly disappearing and being
replaced by what used to be
exclusively the noun "loan".
Fight for your opinions, but do not
believe that they contain the whole
truth, or the only truth.
Charles A. Dana
IfI 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