Category Archives: Intermediate

The Tell-Tale Heart

the tell-tale heart“The Heart” is a short horror story by Edgar Allen Poe. In it, the describes how cleverly and carefully he or she has planned and carried out a murder. The narrator’s purpose in telling the story is to convince the audience that he or she is not . There are a number of aspects to the story, perhaps the greatest being that in trying to prove his or her sanity, the narrator clearly demonstrates the opposite.

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tell-tale(adj: tell-tale also telltale) Indicating that something exists or has occurred (often something a person would not wish to be known). She found lipstick on his shirts - the telltale sign that he had another girlfriend. (ซึ่งเปิดเผยความลับ)
(n: tell-tale pl tell-tails) A device or object that automatically gives a visual indication of the state or presence of something.

dracula book cover(adj: gothic) Used to ​describe writing or ​films in which ​strange things ​happen in ​frightening ​places. Common characteristics are depressing settings (haunted houses and other dark or mysterious places), supernatural beings (ghosts, vampires, zombies, etc), and high emotions (isolated or fallen heroes, romance, tragedy, madness, etc). 8000

narrator(n: narrator pl narrators) Someone who tells a story; a storyteller. (ผู้เล่าเรื่อง) 7000

insane(adj: insane) 1. Not sane, mad; having or showing severe mental illness. The murderer was found to be insane. (ซึ่งขาดสติ) 2. (informal) Very foolish. It was insane to think he would give you the money. (ไร้เหตุผล) 4000
Note: Nowadays, some people consider this word to be offensive. The phrase mentally ill is preferred.

(adj: ironic) 1. Used to describe a result or situation which is the opposite of what was intended or expected. It is ironic that the robber's car crashed into a police station. 2. Using words that mean the opposite of what you really think, especially in order to be funny. “What a beautiful view,” he said, as he looked out the window at a brick wall. (เชิงเยาะเย้ย) 3000

The Romance of a Busy Broker

busy brokerThis humorous but rather unlikely story by William Porter, better known by the O. Henry, takes place in a single morning in the office of a busy but forgetful New York stockbroker. It is a bad day on the , and half way through it we are left wondering whether the title of the story might be a clever play on words.

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pen name(n: pen-name pl pen-names) A name used by a writer instead of his or her real name. (นามปากกา)

stock market(n: stock market pl stock markets) A place where stocks and shares in companies are bought and sold. (ตลาดหุ้น) 8000
Here the words 'stock' and 'share' mean certificates that make the people who buy them part owners of a company and which can be bought, sold, or traded as an investment. (หุ้น) 2000

The 13-Carat Diamond

13-carat diamondThere must be hundreds of thousands of wonderful short stories like this that for one reason or another haven’t received the literary attention they deserve. Khin Mya, who wrote under the Khin Myo Chit, is one of a small number of great Burmese (now Myanmars) authors who wrote in English as well as their native tongue. The story is set during World War Two at the time Burma was under Japanese rule. It tells of the humorous experiences of a young couple who are finding it hard to . They come up with a grand plan to become rich overnight by finding someone who has a 13-carat diamond which they are willing sell.

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pen name(n: pen-name pl pen-names) A name used by a writer instead of his or her real name. (นามปากกา)

make ends meet(v: make (both) ends meet) [idiom] To pay for the things that you need to live when you have little money; to earn enough money to meet your basic needs. We had a hard time making ends meet. (ทำให้มีเงินพอใช้)

The Drover’s Wife

the drover's wifeThis story by Henry Lawson is important in that it acknowledges the difficult and often lonely life faced by women in mid-nineteenth century ‘‘ Australia. In the story, a woman remembers the many hardships and few good times in her life as she sits up all night with only a dog to help her protect her children from a deadly snake.

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outback(n: outback, noncount) The country areas in Australia a long way away from the coast and cities. (ชนบท) 13000