The Frog

the frogMost “frog” stories involve a frog prince or at the very least a male frog. However, in this folktale from Italy a female frog makes friends with a young man and helps him in his search for a wife. Possible morals? Sometimes we don’t appreciate those around us. Often the thing we are looking for is right under our noses. Or how about the English : “beauty is only skin deep”.

English Learner Vocabulary Help

The words and expressions in our Simplified English story which are not in our Pre-Intermediate level 1200 word list are: , , , , , , , , , , , and .

General Comments on the Story

violet fairy bookOur source for the story was The Violet Fairy Book, one of a series of twelve collections of folk and fairy tales for children edited by Andrew Lang. This is the seventh book in the series, and was first published in 1901. It can be downloaded as an e-book from Project Gutenberg here. An audiobook is available from Librivox here.

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(n: idiom pl idioms) An expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its separate words but has a meaning of its own which is generally understood by the native speakers of a language. It's a piece of cake. [= It's very easy.] It costs an arm and a leg. [= It's very expensive.] He has kicked the bucket. [= He is dead.] 8000

bone(n: bone pl bones) The hard substance forming the skeleton of man, animals etc. 2000

carriage(n: carriage pl carriages) 1. A horse-drawn vehicle with four wheels that is used to carry people. 2. [British] A separate section of a train. A railway carriage. 4000

cart(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. 3000

fierce(adj: fierce, fiercer, fiercest) 1. Very violent and likely to fight. A fierce dog/warrior. 2. Very violent or powerful. A fierce battle/storm. 3. Very strong or intense; having or showing a lot of strong emotion. A fierce argument. 3000

growl(v: growl, growls, growled, growling) To make a long deep rough sound like an angry dog. (คำราม) 6000

(n: in-law pl in-laws) A person you are related to because of your marriage; especially the father, mother and brothers and sisters of your husband or wife.

knit(v: knit, knits, knitted, knitting) To to make (a piece of clothing) from wool,etc. by using long needles or a special machine. 4000

pond(n: pond pl ponds) An area of water that is surrounded by land and is smaller than a lake. The boy sailed his toy boat across the pond. 3000

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

pup(n: pup pl pups) A young dog, especially one less than a year old [also called a puppy]; a young animal of certain other species [such as seals]. 5000

wedding(n: wedding pl weddings) The act of getting married; marrying. (การแต่งงาน) 2000

witch(n: witch pl witches) 1. A woman who is thought to have magic powers. (แม่มด) 2. [informal] A very unpleasant woman. His mother-in-law is a bitter old witch. 4000
(n: witchcraft) Magic practised by a witch etc. (การใช้เวทมนตร์คาถา) 12000
(n: witch-doctor) A person who is believed in some cultures to be able to communicate with spirit worlds and use magic spells to cure people who are sick, to tell or control future, etc. (หมอผี)

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