Title: ELI weekly : the weekly newsletter of the English Language Institute
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Title: ELI weekly : the weekly newsletter of the English Language Institute
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Creator: English Language Institute, University of Florida
Publisher: English Language Institute
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: October 29, 2010
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* Halloween
* Birthdays

* Manners
* Grammar

The EI Weekly

Halloween Party!
Come out and be scary

The ELI invites you to come to our
Halloween Costume Party.!! Show
off your costume to your friends at
the ELI. There will be food, music, a
pumpkin carving contest, and a prize
for the best costume!

When: The Halloween party will be
from 8:00pm to 11:00 pm on
Saturday, October 30th, the night
before Halloween.

Where: The Enclave at 3000 SW
35th Place Gainesville, FL 32606.
The website is: www.enclaveuf.com/

Cost: The party is totally free, but we
hope everyone who attends will bring
a spooky snack for everyone to enjoy
whether it's chips, cookies, brownies,
cupcakes, or something from your

What to Bring: Remember to wear a
Halloween costume!!! There will be
a contest and a prize for the best
costume! If you want to participate
in a pumpkin carving contest, bring a

So come enjoy one of America's
spookiest and enjoyable holidays! We
can't promise you'll ever be the same

> Holidays and RTS Bus
Service-- Students, remember
there is no campus service:
November 11 (Thursday,
Veterans' Day)
November 25 and 26
(Thursday/Friday, Thanksgiving
December 20-January 2,2010-11
(Christmas Break)

These changes can be accessed
on the RTS website www.go-

You can also sign up on the RTS
website to have alerts sent to your
email for any route changes,
additions or cancellations.

Next weekend, we will holding our
second Volunteer Day of the Fall
Semester. Details about the activity
will be on the Activities Board and in
next week's Weekly, as well as in the
B-Term Volunteer Seminar.

The following are ELI Birthdays for
the week of October 29-November 4:

October 29: Victoria Benitez Herrera
October 30: Abdulrahman Aldossary
November 1: Junghyun Kwon
November 3: Rawan Alkhalaf

October 30: Fiona Lama
November 3: Marpessa Rietberger

The following are countries and
places represented by our new B-
Term students:

Brazil Oman
China Paraguay
Germany Qatar
Iraq Saudi Arabia
Italy Taiwan
Korea Turkey
Kuwait UAE
Libya Venezuela

I he Weekly Newsletter oJ
the English Language Institute
Volume 110, Issue 8
October 29, 2010

Highlighft I

Q: What is the most important holiday in
the US?

A: Well, that's a tough question,
mainly because there are so many
holidays that hold special meanings to
so many people. It would be fair to
say, though, that our biggest family
holiday, the one that has the most
people celebrating it and going to visit
their families and their friends, is
Thanksgiving. It's a big feast day that
isn't specially linked to any one
religion or set of beliefs. It really
shows in the travel industry-the
week of Thanksgiving is always our
busiest travel period of the year.

Q: Why can't we talk aboutpoitics and
rek'gion in a pubLc setting? I think it
prevents forming sound pubic opinion.

A: We can. There's a big difference,
though, between apubic setting and a
social setting. This is a very diverse
country with a huge number of
religious and political beliefs-some
very passionate. Culturally, we have
an understanding that in social
settings, especially more formal ones
in which the people don't know each
other well, that we don't tend to talk
about things that might provoke loud
disagreement and hurt feelings. This
is not to say, however, that we never
talk about these things at all. When
people have less social distance and

they know each other well, there may
be some pretty spirited political
discussion. And, in settings where
there is a clear understanding that it's
appropriate, such as at church,
mosque, temple, or similar venues,
there can be a great deal of discussion
about religion.

For folks like ELI students, who are
trying to feel their way through the
culture from a fresh perspective, there
is also the social convention of asking
if it's okay. That is, saying something
like, "Do you mind if I ask you about
your opinion of..." When you do
this, however, it is considered very
rude to a) express strong
disagreement with whatever the
person answers, and b) to become
visibly hurt or upset if they choose
not to discuss it at all.

Q: What can I say to my teammates at the
end of a game to encourage them for the next

A: It depends on whether or not you
won, really. If you did, then
something like, "Good game! Let's
keep it up!" would be appropriate. If
you didn't, then I would say
something like, "We'll get 'em next

Q: How do you know when to use 'what' or
'that'. For example: I don't know what to
do, or I don't know that to do. In my
language, we use the same wordfor 'what'
and 'that'.

A: Oh, good one! In this case, it's a
question of whether you are talking
about "the thing" (what) or "the fact"
(that). In the example that you gave,
you don't know the thing to do-you
can't really "do" a fact. So, you
should use "' h ir" to express it. On
the other hand, if you say, "I didn't
know that you were such a good
dancer," you are saying that this is a
fact which is new to you. So, you use
"that" to express it.

Q: What's the

Between slang and

A: Probably formality and degree of
permanence more than anything else.
Slang tends to refer to expressions
and constructions that are either fairly
new to the language or that are used
only in the most informal of language.

You can make more friends in two
months by becoming interested in
other people than you can in two
years by trying to get other people
interested in you.
--Dale Carnegie

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