The Magic Ring

the magic ringThe Magic Ring is a written by English writer Dinah Craik. It is about a good king who listens to bad advice and becomes a selfish and mean ruler. He learns the of his ways and the meaning of the English : “A kind act is always rewarded”.

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 .

General Comments on the Story

little lame princeThe story “The Magic Ring” which is simplified here is one of a collection of stories I found in a fourth class school book in the Brooks’s Readers series, published in 1906. The original of the story was called “Prince Cherry”. It had much more difficult and can be found in a book written by Dinah Craik called The Little Prince. This was first published in 1875 and is available for download from Project Gutenberg here. Librivox recordings of each chapter are available here.


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(n: fairytale pl fairytales) A children's story that has people or creatures in it with magical powers. (เทพนิยายน) 14000
(n: fairy pl fairies) An imaginary creature having magical powers. (นางฟ้า) 4000
(n: tale pl tales) A story about real or imaginary events; an exciting or dramatic story that may not be completely true. (นิทาน)

(n: error pl errors) Something that is not correct; a wrong action or statement. (ข้อผิดพลาด) 3000.
To see, recognize, acknowledge, etc., 'the error of your ways' is to admit that you have been doing something wrong or behaving badly and to stop doing it.

(n: proverb pl proverbs) An old but well-known saying that either gives advice about how people should live, or expresses an idea that is generally thought to be true. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. A rolling stone gathers no moss. (สุภาษิต) 6000

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chase(v: chase, chases, chased, chasing) To follow and try to catch someone or something. (ไล่ตาม) 2000

fairy(n: fairy pl fairies) An imaginary creature having magical powers. (นางฟ้า) 4000
In early literature, fairies could change themselves into any form. Thanks to Walt Disney, most people today think that they all look like the picture on the left.

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The picture on the left shows Buckingham Palace in London where the Queen of England lives.

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reward(n: reward pl rewards) A benefit that someone gets or is offered for doing good work, good behavior etc. (สิ่งตอบแทน) 3000

thunder(n: thunder, noncount) The loud, deep rumbling sound that follows a flash of lightning during a storm. (ฟ้าร้อง)
(v: thunder, thunders, thundered, thundering) To make a very loud, deep noise. (ส่งเสียงดังคล้ายเสียงฟ้าร้อง) 3000

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(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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(adj: lame, lamer, lamest) 1. Having an injured leg or foot that makes walking difficult or painful. (ง่อย) 2. (informal) Not strong, good, or effective; weak. He offered a lame apology/defense/excuse for his actions. (ไม่ได้เรื่อง) 9000