Molly Whuppie

molly whuppieAt first, this Scottish may look like a simple story. The ine (Molly) is more clever than the bad guy (a giant), and does things which lead to her marrying a prince. But it is also a story of hope where three children rise above their difficult beginnings. A possible ? We all have the power to improve our situation if we make the most of every chance that comes along.

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

english fairy talesOur source for the story was a children’s book called English Fairy Stories by Australian folktale collector Joseph Jacobs, first published in 1890. The book can be downloaded in various forms from Project Gutenberg here. An is available from Librivox here.


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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

hero(n: hero pl heroes) A person admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities. (วีรชน)
(adj: heroic) Used to describe someone who acts like a hero or the kind of brave things that heroes do. (กล้าหาญ) 3000
'Hero' can refer to either a man or a woman, but it is often used to refer specifically to a man. The word for a woman who is brave and admired is 'heroine'.

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

blood(n: blood, noncount) The red liquid that flows through the bodies of people and animals. (เลือด) 1000

chain(n: chain pl chains) A series of usually metal links or rings that are connected to each other in a line and used for supporting heavy things, for holding things together, for decoration, etc. (โซ่) 2000

grab(v: grab, grabs, grabbed, grabbing) To quickly take and hold (someone or something) with your hand or arms. (คว้า) 2000

knock(v: knock, knocks, knocked, knocking) To make a loud, sharp noise by hitting or tapping something (especially a door to get someone to open it). (เคาะ) 1000

needle(n: needle pl needles) A small, sharp piece of steel with a hole (called an eye) at one end for thread, used in sewing etc. (เข็ม) 3000

noise(n:noise pl noises) 1. A sound that someone or something makes. (เสียง) 2. A loud or unpleasant sound. (เสียงดัง) 2000

pair(n: pair pl pairs) 1. Two things that are the same and usually seen together, or two things that are meant to be used together. A pair of gloves/lovers/shoes/socks/twins, etc. (คู่) 2. A single thing made up of two parts which are joined. A pair of glasses/pants/scissors, etc. (ของที่เป็นคู่) 1000

(n: purse pl purses) A small bag for carrying money. (กระเป๋าใส่เงินขนาดเล็ก)
(v: purse, purses, pursed, pursing) To press your lips into a tight circle or line, usually because you are angry on concentrating on something. (เม้มปาก) 3000

money purse pursed lips

scissors(n: scissors, plural) A tool used for cutting paper, cloth, etc., that has two blades joined together in the middle so that the sharp edges slide against each other. (กรรไกร) 4000

sew(v: sew, sewed, sewn, sewing) To make or repair something (such as a piece of clothing) by using a needle and thread. (เย็บโดยใช้เข็ม)
(n: sewing, noncount) 1. The act or process of sewing. I learned sewing at school. (การเย็บ) 2. Things that are used for sewing or that are being sewn. She took her sewing into the kitchen. (งานที่ต้องเย็บ) 3000

snore(v: snores, snored, snoring) To breathe noisily while sleeping. (กรน) 6000

sword(n: sword pl swords) A weapon with a long metal blade that has a sharp point and edge. (ดาบ) 4000

thread(n: thread pl threads) A long, thin piece of cotton, silk, wool, etc., often used for sewing. (ด้าย) 4000

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. (หนังสือเสียง)