This children’s story by Enid Blyton tells of a man who is so forgetful that he is always leaving his kitchen door open. His pig takes advantage of this and spends most of its time sitting inside in front of the fire. One day the man finds that he has no money, and decides that selling the pig is a much better idea than working for a living. However, his forgetfulness causes him all sorts of problems in taking the pig to market. And when he finally does get it there, he receives a beating for his trouble. In the end, he decides that it might be easier to keep the pig and get a job.
Elementary Vocabulary Help
Pre-Intermediate Vocabulary Help
The words and expressions in our Pre-Intermediate level Simplified English story which are not in our 1200 word list are: amaze, , breath, , cart, conductor, , , goat, goose, , joke, , , , scarf, stare, and . There are also some “made up” words in the story to represent animal sounds: oooomph (for the pig), ss-ss-ss-ss (for the goose), and baaa-baaa-baaa (for the goat).
General Comments on the Story
Our source for the story was a 1946 children’s book called “The Enid Blyton Holiday Book”, which appears to be the only book by this writer currently available in the . It can be downloaded in various forms from the Internet Archive here.
(v: amaze, amazes, amazed, amazing) To surprise someone very much. It amazes me that no one noticed the mistake. 2. To fill someone with wonder. He amazed the audience with his magic tricks.
(n: amazement, noncount) A feeling of being amazed. To the amazement of her family, she left school to become a musician. 2000
(n: breath pl breaths) The air that you take into your lungs and send out from your lungs. His breath smells like garlic. It was so cold I could see my breath. 3000
(phrasal verb: hold your breath) To stop breathing for a short time, such as when you dive into water or are scared about something.
(phrasal verb: take a deep breath) To take a lot of air into your lungs.
(n: cart pl carts) A vehicle with two wheels that is pulled by an animal such as a horse or donkey. The farmer packed the vegetables into his cart to take them to market. (เกวียน) 3000
(n: conductor pl conductors) 1. A person who collects money or tickets from passengers on a train or bus. (กระเป๋ารถ) 2. A person who stands in front of people while they sing or play musical instruments and directs their performance. (ผู้ควบคุมวงดนตรี) 4000
(v: enjoy, enjoys, enjoyed, enjoying) To find pleasure in [something]. Did you enjoy the movie? (เพลิดเพลินกับ)
(n: enjoyment) A feeling of pleasure caused by doing or experiencing something you like. She always found sports to be a source of great enjoyment. (ความเพลิดเพลิน)
(adj: enjoyable) Something that provides enjoyment. We had an enjoyable time together. (เพลิดเพลิน) 1000
(n: fool pl fools) A person who does not have a good sense or judgment; a stupid or silly person. (คนโง่)
(v: fool, fools, fooled, fooling) 1. To speak or act in a playful way. Stop fooling about! (ทำเป็นตลก) 2. To trick or deceive. She fooled me with her story. (หลอกลวง) 2000
(n: fright pl frights) 1. (noncount) Fear caused by sudden danger; sudden fear. I almost died of fright. 2. A feeling of sudden fear. When you jumped out from behind the door it gave me such a fright! (ความน่ากลัว)
(v: frighten, frightens, frightened, frightening) To cause (someone) to become afraid. (ทำให้ กลัว) 2000
(n: goat pl goats) A small animal of the sheep family, with horns and a long-haired coat. (แพะ) 5000
(n: goose pl geese) A web-footed bird that swims like a duck, but is larger and has a longer neck. (ห่าน) 4000
(n: heat, noncount) 1. Energy that causes things to become warmer. The sun's heat melted the snow. 2. Hot weather or temperatures. She doesn't like the heat. (ความร้อน)
(v: heat, heats, heated, heating) To cause (something) to become warm or hot. I heated the vegetables in the microwave. (ทำให้ร้อน)
(n: joke pl jokes) Something said or done to cause laughter. She meant it as a joke, but some people took her seriously. I heard a funny joke yesterday. (เรื่องตลก) 2000
(n: scarf pl scarves) A long piece of cloth that is worn on your shoulders, around your neck, or over your head. (ผ้าพันคอ) 5000
(n: seat pl seats) 1. Something [such as a chair] that you sit on; a place for sitting. There were seats for six people at the table. (ที่นั่ง; เก้าอี้) 2. The part of a chair or another piece of furniture that a person sits on. Be careful, that chair has a broken seat. (ส่วนของเก้าอี้ที่เรานั่ง) 1000
(v: stare, stares, stared, staring) To look at someone or something directly for a long time without moving your eyes, often with eyes wide open. She was staring out the window. (จ้องมอง) 3000
To 'stare' can suggest looking at someone or something in a rude way because you think they are strange or shocking. Don't stare at people, it's not polite. A word with a similar meaning, 'gaze' suggests looking steadily at someone or something while being deep in thought. She gazed lovingly into his eyes.
(v: tear, tears, tore, torn, tearing) 1. To separate (something) into parts with a sudden or hard pulling action; to put a hole in a piece of clothing, paper, etc., usually by cutting it on something sharp. (ฉีกออก) 2. To go or move very quickly; to rush. He went tearing down the street on his bicycle. (เคลื่อนที่หรือกระทำอย่างเร่งรีบ)
(n: tear pl tears) A drop of liquid that comes from your eyes, especially when you cry; a teardrop. (น้ำตา) 2000
(n: trouble pl troubles) A situation that is difficult or has a lot of problems; [something which causes] worry, difficulty, extra effort or work, etc. When the new CEO arrived, the company was in big trouble. (ปัญหา)
(v: trouble, troubles, troubled, troubling) 1. To make (someone) feel worried or upset; to disturb or bother (someone). She was troubled by the news of her sister's illness. (ทำให้ไม่สบายใจ) 2. To make an effort to do something. He didn't even trouble to call. (พยายาม) 1000
(v: wonder, wonders, wondered, wondering) To have interest in knowing or learning something. (รู้สึกกังขา)
(n: wonder, noncount) A feeling caused by seeing something that is very surprising, beautiful, amazing, etc. (ความพิศวง)
(adj: wonderful) 1. So surprising, beautiful, amazing, etc. as to create a feeling of wonder. (อัศจรรย์) 2. Beautiful, excellent, etc. (งดงาม) 1000
(v: worry, worries, worried, worrying) To think about problems or fears; to feel or show fear and concern because you think that something bad has happened or could happen. If am not home on time, my parents start to worry. His poor health worries me. (วิตกกังวล) 1000
(v: bother, bothers, bothered, bothering) To cause (someone) to feel troubled, worried, or annoyed. He's very easygoing. Nothing seems to bother him. 1000
(v: breathe, breathes, breathed, breathing) To move air into and out of your lungs; to inhale and exhale. He was breathing hard from running.
(phrasal verb: breathe deeply) To take a lot of air into your lungs. 3000
(n: fare pl fares) The money a person pays to travel on an airplane, boat, bus, train, or in a taxi. I need some coins for the bus fare. (ค่าโดยสาร) 2. A passenger who pays a fare. The taxi driver picked up a new fare at the airport. (ผู้โดยสารที่จ่ายเงินค่าโดยสารในรถที่จ้าง) 3000
(n: garbage pl garbages) 1. (noncount) Things that are no longer useful or wanted and that have or are being been thrown out; often used specifically to talk about food and household waste. After the concert, there was garbage all over the park. Please take out the garbage. (ขยะ) 2. The container where people put garbage before it is taken away (also called a garbage bin, garbage can or dustbin). Throw those bottles in the garbage. 6000
(v: hurry, hurries, hurried, hurrying) To [cause to] to move, act, or go quickly. I must hurry or I will be late for the train. (รีบ) 2000
(n: kettle pl kettles) A metal pot for heating or boiling liquid, usually with a lid and special part for pouring. Put the kettle on (the stove) so we can have a cup of tea. (กาน้ำ) 3000
(n: pain pl pains) The physical feeling caused by sickness, injury, or mental or emotional hurt. He felt a sharp pain in his back. It caused him pain to talk about his wife's death. (ความเจ็บปวด)
(adj: painful; painless) Causing pain. A painful injury. (ซึ่งก่อให้เกิดความเจ็บปวด) Without pain. Painless childbirth. (ซึ่งไม่เจ็บปวด) 2000
(n: pity, noncount) A strong feeling of sadness about the troubles or pain of someone or something. She has had a hard life and deserves your pity. (ความสงสาร)
(v: pity, pities, pitied, pitying) To feel very sorry for someone or something. I pity anyone who has to work at that place. (สงสาร) 3000
(n: stove pl stoves) A flat piece of kitchen equipment used for cooking on. She put the pot on the stove over medium heat. (เตาไฟ) 5000
Often set above an oven [a closed box-like space which is heated for baking or roasting food]. (เตาอบ) 3000
(n: public domain, singular) The state of something that is not owned by a particular person or company and is available for anyone to use. (ที่ดินของรัฐ สาธารณสมบัติ)
(n: e-book pl e-books) A book whose contents are in an electronic format so that it can be downloaded and read.