In the Great Walled Country

the great walled countryIt is almost that time of the year so here is a Christmas story. Written by R. M. Alden, it tells of a strange land of ice and snow where children never grow up. One year, the child king changed Christmas so that the people “got” presents rather than “gave” them. The result was not what he expected.

English Learner Vocabulary Help

The words and expressions in our Simplified English version of the story which are not in our Pre-Intermediate level 1200 word list are: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , and .

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chimney(n: chimney pl chimneys) A part of a building through which smoke rises into the outside air. 3000

compare(v: compare, compares, compared, comparing) To look at (two or more things) closely in order to see in what ways they are the same or different or in order to decide which one is better. 1000

(n: council pl councils) 1. A group of people who provide advice or guidance on something. 2. In the U.K. and some other countries, a group of people elected to control the workings of a local government area. 1000

(adj: disappointed) Feeling unhappy or sad because something that you expected or hoped for didn't happen.

honor(n: honor pl honors; British honour) 1. Respect given to someone or something that is admired. We fight for the honor of our country. 2. Something [such as a title or medal] that is given to a person as a sign of respect. He has received many honors for his research into cancer. 3. The quality of being honest. He is a man of honor. 2000

imagine(v: imagine, imagines, imagined, imagining) 1. To form a picture of something in your mind that is not there or not real. I can imagine how you felt. 2. To see or hear etc something which is not true or does not exist. There is no-one there. You're just imagining things! 3. To think; to suppose. I imagine that he will be late. 1000

instead(adv: instead) In the place of something or someone; used to say that one thing is done or that one thing or person is chosen when another is not chosen, cannot be done, etc. 1000

melt(v: melt, melts, melted, melting) To [cause to] become soft or liquid, or to lose shape, usually by being heated. 3000

merry(adj: merry, merrier, merriest) Very happy and cheerful; feeling or showing joy and happiness. 3000

palace(n: palace pl palaces) A very large and beautiful house, especially one lived in by a member of a royal family such as a king, queen, sultan, etc. 4000
The picture on the left shows Buckingham Palace in London where the Queen of England lives.

shadow(n: shadow pl shadows) A dark shape on the ground, a wall, etc. caused by an object blocking the light. 3000

sled(n: sled pl sleds) A small vehicle that has a flat bottom or long, narrow strips of metal or wood on the bottom that is used for moving over snow or ice. (เลื่อนหิมะ รถลากเลื่อนหิมะ) 8000

(v: suppose, supposes, supposed, supposing) To think that something is likely to be true; to believe or guess. (สมมติ) 1000
(phrasal verb: supposed to do/be, etc.) To be expected to do/be, etc. something. They are supposed to arrive tomorrow. (ที่คาดการณ์ไว้)
In responding to a suggestion or question, the phrase I suppose (so) is used as a way of agreeing or saying “yes” when you are not certain or not very excited or interested.

trust(v: trust, trusts, trusted, trusting) To believe that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, etc; to have confidence or faith in (someone or something).
(n: trust, noncount) Belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, etc. 1000

wise(adj: wise, wiser, wisest) Having gained a lot of knowledge from books or experience or both and able to use it well. (ฉลาด)
(n: wisdom; noncount) 1. The knowledge gained from books or experience. 2. The quality or state of being wise. (ปัญญา; สติปัญญา) 2000

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