Interconnections Between Culture, Language and Bees!

We and the honey bees were quite excited to host a lovely group of students from the EC English Language School in Washington, D.C on June 7th.

I was able to give the students a tour of our observation hive and apiary, accompanied by Junior Beekeeper Monica and researchers Justin and Emilie.

The students were already familiar with the internal working of the hive, being able to tell us each type of bee and the various jobs of workers, about propolis, pollen, honey and the waggle dance! At the observation hive, we had a wonderful Waggle Dance Party, and were able to point out the queen bee. Unfortunately, two students got stung , but they were determined to not let that be a buzzkill for the entire tour. We here at the GW Apiary were extremely impressed with the students’ knowledge, passion, inquisitive natures, and high spirits.

Thank you to:

  • Omar, from Saudi Arabia
  • Yoorim, from South Korea
  • Yi, from Taiwan
  • Leandro, from Brazil (and thank you for the delicious Brazilian propolis candy!)
  • Oday  from Syria and Saudi Arabia
  • Han, from Taiwan and taught
  • and to their teacher, Cecilia Martaus!!

After they left, Dr. Doebel asked each student to write one sentence about their visit in English (and in their own language), as seen below!

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“Don’t be afraid that bees will sting you.” -Oday

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“That’s my first time tasting real honey instead of from the supermarket! Best Regards – Han”

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“Do not wear dark clothes when you visit bees” -Omar

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“I enjoyed my experience with bees. The bees are so orhaganized that I could imagine.” – Leandro

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“Now I know that I’m not allergic to bees.” – Yi

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“If you visit here, you can know the bees’s cute and great works! – Yoorim”

Thank you again for visiting us! We were so impressed with your depth of knowledge about honey bees, and we are glad that you had as fantastic a time as we did! Be sure to visit again whenever you are back in Washington, D.C.!

-Gabrielle

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