The Magic Ring

the magic ringThe Magic Ring is a fairytale 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”.

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 .

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 version of the story was called “Prince Cherry”. It had much more difficult vocabulary and can be found in a book written by Dinah Craik called The Little Lame 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: error pl errors) Something that is not correct; a wrong action or statement. 3000.
(idiom: error of one's ways) 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. 6000

cage(n: cage pl cages) A container or enclosure with wire or metal bars for holding birds or animals. 4000

cave(n: cave pl caves) A large hole that was formed by natural processes in the side of a cliff or hill or under the ground, especially one that has an entry to the surface. 4000

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

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.

prick(v: prick, pricks, pricked, pricking) To make a very small hole in something with a sharp pointed object. 5000

proud(adj: proud, prouder, proudest) 1. Feeling very pleased because of something you have done or own, someone you know, etc. She felt proud as she watched her daughter graduate. 2. Having a too high opinion of oneself; arrogant. She was too proud to talk to us. 2000
(n: pride, noncount) A feeling of pleasure and satisfaction at one's achievements, possessions, family etc. She watched with pride as her daughter graduated. 3000

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

wicked(adj: wicked) 1. Morally bad; evil; sinful. A wicked witch. (ชั่วร้าย) 2. (informal) Having or showing slightly bad thoughts in a way that is funny or not serious. She wore a wicked smile after beating me at tennis. 3. (informal) Very bad or unpleasant. She had a wicked case of food poisoning. 4. (informal) Very good. He is a wicked dancer. 3000

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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