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.

Pre-Intermediate Vocabulary Help / Exercises

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. (ปล่องไฟ) 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. (เปรียบเทียบ) 1000

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

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

honor(n: honor pl honors; British honour) 1. Respect that is given to someone or something that is admired. We must 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 and admiration. He has received many honors for his research into cancer. 3. Something that shows that other people have respect for you. It is a great honor to be asked to address this meeting. 4. The quality of being honest. He is a man of honor. (ศีลธรรม) 2000

imagine(v: imagine, imagines, imagined, imagining) To form a picture of something in your mind that is not there or not real. (จินตนาการ)
(n: imagination pl imaginations) 1. The ability to form a picture in your mind of something that you have not seen or experienced; the ability to think of new things. You can find a solution if you use a little imagination. 2. Something that only exists or happens in your mind. Is it just my imagination, or is it getting warm in here? 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. (แทน) 1000

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

merry(adj: merry, merrier, merriest) Very happy and cheerful; feeling or showing joy and happiness. (ร่าเริง) 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. (พระราชวัง) 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. (เงา) 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). (วางใจได้)
(n: trust, uncountable) Belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, etc. (ความเชื่อใจ) 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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