Cat and Mouse in Partnership

cat and mouse in partnershipThis from the Brothers Grimm is about a greedy cat which cheats a trusting friend. In most folktales, something bad would happen to the cat to teach it a lesson for not being a good friend. Not so here! Possible s? You can’t trust anyone who is not one of your kind. Or, you can’t change the natural way of the world.

Elementary Vocabulary Help / Exercises

The words and expressions in our Simplified English story which are not in our Elementary Level 800 word list are: , , , , , , , , , , , and .

General Comments on the Story

household talesOur source for this of the story was a book called Households Tales by Brothers Grimm” from British writer and translator Margaret Hunt. The book, which was first published in 1884, contains translations of all 200 Grimm folktales plus 10 s. It can be downloaded in various forms from Project Gutenberg here. I have not been able to find a complete on the Internet, perhaps because the book contains so many stories.


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(n: folktale pl folktales) A story that is part of the traditions of a group of people and was handed down in spoken form before books and printing. (นิทานชาวบ้าน) 9000
(adj: folk) Of or relating to the traditions of the common people of a country or region. (เกี่ยวกับขนบประเพณีของชาวบ้าน) 2000
(n: tale pl tales) A story about real or imaginary events; an exciting or dramatic story that may not be completely true. (นิทาน) 3000

moral(n: moral pl morals) The lesson to be learned from something that happens or from a story. (เรื่องสอนใจ)
(adj: moral) Concerning what is right and wrong in human behavior. A moral person is always does what they believe to be the right thing to do. (ทางศีลธรรม) 2000

curl up(phrasal verb: curl up) To lie or sit with your back bent forward and your legs pulled up close to your body.

emotion(n: emotion pl emotions) A strong feeling such as love, anger, joy, hate, or fear. 2000

greedy(adj: greedy, greedier, greediest) Having or showing a selfish desire to have more of something (such as money or food) than is right. (โลภมาก)
(adv: greedily) In a greedy manner. (อย่าง ตะกละตะกลาม) 3000

lick(v: lick, licks, licked, licking) To pass the tongue over something so as to make it wet or eat it. (เลีย) 4000

lip(n: lip pl lips) Either one of the two soft pink parts on the top and bottom of the mouth. (ริมฝีปาก) 3000

paw(n: paw pl paws) The foot of a land animal that has claws. (มือสัตว์) 5000

scream(v: scream, screams, screamed, screaming) 1. To suddenly cry out in a loud and high voice because of fear, pain, surprise, etc. 2. To say something in a loud and high voice because you are angry, afraid, etc. (กรีดร้อง) 3000

shake your head(v: shake, shakes, shook, shaken, shaking your head) To turn your head from side to side as a way of answering “no” or of showing disagreement or that you will not do something. (ส่ายหัว)

silly(adj: silly, sillier, silliest) Having or showing a lack of good sense or judgment; foolish or stupid. (โง่) 2000

spots< (n: spot pl spots) A small mark of a different color from its background. (จุด) 2000

tongue(n: tongue pl tongues) 1. The soft, movable part in the mouth that is used for tasting and eating food and in human beings for speaking. (ลิ้น) 2. A language. English is his mother/native tongue. He speaks with a foreign tongue. (ภาษา) 3000

yard(n: yard pl yards) 1. The area of ground around a house, usually covered with grass or plants. (สนาม) 2. An area of enclosed (fenced) ground used for a special purpose. (ลานบ้าน) 3. An old British unit of length equal to three feet or 0.9144 meters. (หลา) 2000

version(n: version pl versions) 1. A story or description that is different in some way from another person's story or description. The boy gave his version of what had happened. (เรื่องราว) 2. A form of something (such as a product) that is different in some way from other forms. A new version of the software should be available soon. (รุ่น) 2000

legend(n: legend pl legends) A story from the past that is believed by many people but cannot be proved to be true. (ตำนาน)
(adj: legendary) 1. Mentioned etc in legend. King Arthur is a legendary hero. (ในตำนาน) 2. Very famous because of being very great, good etc. He was a legendary football player. (เป็นตำนาน) 6000

e-book(n: e-book pl e-books) A book whose contents are in an electronic format so that it can be downloaded and read.

audiobook(n: audiobook pl audiobooks) A book that is read out loud and recorded on a CD or as a computer file so that it can be listened to.

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