Kurt Vonnegut liked to write about imaginary worlds. Some time ago we featured Harrison Bergeron, a story of his about a n world. In 2BR02B, Earth enjoys a n future. There are no poor, no slums, no prisons, no wars. There is no madness, disability or disease. Even aging has been cured. Everything is perfect… unless of course you want to bring a child into the world.
- Original Text with Audio (2521 words)
- Pre-Intermediate Level Story
- Intermediate Level Story
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Intermediate Vocabulary Help
The words and expressions in our Intermediate level Simplified English story which are not in our 1800 word list are: bureau, , , cure, , dispose of, , federal, , gas-chamber, , hostess, , , naught, , , , seaweed, , , , stocking, , , termination, triplet, and weed.
There are also two words that are in our Intermediate word list but have a meaning in the story which is different to the one most commonly used:
- As the painter is helping Leora Duncan decide which figure he should paint her face on, he says: “Cutting off a branch. Does that strike you as appropriate?” Here the word means to cause someone to think about someone or something in a particular way.
- We are told that: “Triplets, if they were all to live, called for three people to die.”. In this case, to means to demand or require something.
(n: dystopia pl dystopias) An imaginary place where people are unhappy and usually afraid because they are not treated fairly.
(adj: dystopian) Of or like a dystopia.
(n: utopia pl utopias) An imaginary place in which the government, laws, and social conditions are perfect. ( ดินแดนในอุดมคติ)
(adj: utopian) 1. Of or like a utopia. 2. [of plans for benefiting mankind] Desirable, but idealistic and impossible. Utopian schemes. (เกี่ยวกับดินแดนในอุดมคติ) 9000
(n: appointment pl appointments) 1. An agreement to meet with someone at a particular time. I'm going to be late for my doctor's appointment. 2. A job or duty that is given to a person; a position to which someone is appointed. He was appointed as ambassador to Germany. 1000
(n: branch pl branches) An arm-like part of a tree that grows out from the central part. 2000
(n: bureau pl bureaus) 1. A piece of furniture with several drawers in which clothes are kept; a chest of drawers. 2. A writing-desk with drawers. 3. An office for collecting and supplying information etc. A news bureau. 4. [In some countries] a government department or part of a government department. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) 4000
(v: cure, cures, cured, curing) 1. To stop a disease and make someone healthy again. The infection was cured with antibiotics. 2. To make better or solve a problem. That medicine cured me. His wife cured him of his bad habits.
(n: cure pl cures) Something that cures a disease. They're trying to find a cure for cancer. 3000
(v: demand, demands, demanded, demanding) 1. A forceful statement in which you say that something must be done or given to you. I demand an explanation. 2. A strong need or requirement for something. This demands careful thought. 2000
(v: depress, depresses, depressed, depressing) To make someone feel sad, unhappy or have little hope.
(adj: depressing) Causing someone to feel depressed. 2000
(n: disease pl diseases) An illness that affects a person, animal, or plant; a condition that prevents the body or mind from working normally. She has the measles. She's suffering from kidney disease. 2000
(phrasal verb: dispose of) To throw something away; to get rid of something. I've disposed of your old coat.
(n: disposal pl disposals) The act of throwing away or getting rid of something. 3000
(adj: federal) 1. Of or relating to a form of government in which power is shared between a central government and individual states, provinces, etc. A federal government/system. 2. Of or relating to the central government of a country. A federal court/judge/law/employee. 4000
(n: gas-chamber pl gas-chambers) A room in which people or animals are killed by poisonous gas. (ห้องอบแก๊ซพิษสำหรับประหารชีวิต)
(n: heaven, singular) In some religions, the place where God or the gods live, and where good people go when they die. Also known as 'Paradise'. (สวรรค์) 2000
(n: heavens) Used informally by itself or in phrases to make a statement or question more forceful or to express surprise, etc. “Have you ever to prison?” “Heavens, no!”; Good heavens! Have you won the lottery again?; Heaven's above, I haven't seen you in years. (คำพูดเมื่อประหลาดใจ)
(n: honor pl honors; British honour) 1. Respect that is given to someone or something that is admired. We must fight for the honor of our country. 2. Something (such as a title or medal) that is given to a person as a sign of respect and admiration. He has received many honors for his research into cancer. 3. Something that shows that other people have respect for you. It is a great honor to be asked to address this meeting. 4. The quality of being honest. He is a man of honor. (ศีลธรรม) 2000
(n: hostess pl hostesses) 1. A woman who is entertaining guests socially or as a job. We were greeted by our hostess. 2. A woman whose job it is to greet and help people in a restaurant or on an airplane or ship. An airline hostess. (ผู้หญิงที่ทำหน้าที่ต้อนรับและเลี้ยงดูแขก) 7000
(n: mustache pl mustaches; British moustache) The hair on the upper lip of a man. (หนวด) 5000
(n: naught, singular; British nought) 1. Nil, nothing, zero. (ศูนย์) 2. A complete failure. All my efforts came to naught. (ความล้มเหลว) 2000
(n: population pl populations) The number of people who live in a place. The population of New York City is over eight million. (ประชากร) 2000
(n: seaweed pl seaweeds) A type of plant that grows in the sea. (สาหร่ายทะเล) 9000
(n: soil pl soils) The top layer of earth in which plants grow. This kind of plant grows well in sandy soil. (ดิน) 3000
(n: stockings, plural) Clothing for women made of thin material that fits closely over the feet and legs and goes up to the waist. Also called pantyhose [American] or tights [British] (ถุงน่องแบบแพนตี้โฮส) 4000
(n: termination pl terminations) 1. An act of ending something. (การสิ้นสุด) 2. An operation to end a pregnancy before the mother would have given birth; an abortion. (การทำแท้ง) 3000
(n: triplet pl triplets) One of three babies that are born at the same time to the same mother.; usually plural. She had triplets. (หนึ่งในแฝดสามคน) 8000
(n: weed pl weeds) A plant that grows where it is not wanted, especially one that covers or kills more desirable plants. We pulled weeds from the garden. (วัชพืช) 3000
(v: clap, claps, clapped, clapping) To hit the palms of your hands together, usually more than once, to show approval, mark a rhythm, gain attention, etc. 3000
(n: corridor pl corridors) A long, narrow passage inside a building with doors that lead to rooms on each side; also called a hall or hallway. 3000
(adj: disabled) Having a physical or mental disability; unable to perform one or more natural activities such as walking or seeing because of illness, injury, etc. 2000
(adj: ethical) 1. Involving questions of right and wrong behavior; relating to ethics. 2. Following accepted rules of behavior; morally right and good. 6000
(n: fertilizer pl fertilizers) A substance [such as manure or a special chemical] that is added to soil to help the growth of plants. They use chemical fertilizers on their lawn.
(v: fertilize, fertilizes, fertilized, fertilizing) To make soil richer and better by adding fertilizer. He fertilizes the lawn every year. 3000
(n: grain pl grains) 1. [count] A small, hard piece of something. A grain of sand/salt. (เม็ดเล็ก ๆ) 2. [noncount] The seeds of food plants such as wheat, corn, oats, rice, etc. (เมล็ดธัญพืช) 3000
(adj: invisible) Not able to be seen; impossible to see. (ซึ่งมองไม่เห็น) 3000
(v: lay down the law) [idiom] To make a strong statement about what someone is or is not allowed to do. When she came home after midnight, her father laid down the law. If she came home that late again, she would not be allowed to use the Internet for a week.
(n: obstetrics, noncount) A branch of medicine that deals with the birth of children and the care of women before, during, and after they give birth. (สูติศาสตร์)
(n: obstetrician pl obstetricians) A doctor who specializes in obstetrics. (สูติแพทย์) 9000
(v: puzzle, puzzles, puzzled, puzzling) To confuse or be hard to understand. The question puzzled me. (ทำให้งง) 2. To think long and carefully about a problem. I puzzled over what to do for hours. (คิดอย่างรอบคอบ)
(n: puzzle pl puzzles) 1. A question or problem that requires thought, skill, or cleverness to be answered or solved. (ปัญหาหรือสถานการณ์ที่ยากลำบาก) 2. A kind of game or toy to test one's thinking, knowledge or skill. (เกมส์ไขปัญหา) 3000
(n: receipt pl receipts) A piece of paper on which the things that you buy or the services that you pay for are listed with the total amount paid and the prices for each. Keep your receipt in case you need to return anything. (ใบเสร็จรับเงิน) 3000
(n: slum pl slums) An area of a city where poor people live and the buildings are in bad condition. (แหล่งเสื่อมโทรม) 5000
(v: spray, sprays, sprayed, spraying) To put (something) on a surface or into the air in a way that produces a stream of small drops of liquid. (ฉีด) 3000
(v: stare, stares, stared, staring) To look at someone or something directly for a long time without moving your eyes, often with eyes wide open. She was staring out the window. (จ้องมอง) 3000
To 'stare' can suggest looking at someone or something in a rude way because you think they are strange or shocking. Don't stare at people, it's not polite. A word with a similar meaning, 'gaze' suggests looking steadily at someone or something while being deep in thought. She gazed lovingly into his eyes.
(n: studio pl studios) 1. A place in which movies or TV programs are made, or a company that makes them. (โรงถ่ายภาพยนตร์) 2. A room where an artist works or people go to learn, practice, or study an art such as singing, dancing, or acting. (ห้องทำงานของจิตรกรหรือช่างภาพ) 4000
(n: suicide pl suicides) The act of killing yourself because you do not want to continue living. (การฆ่าตัวตาย) 3000
(v: strike, struck, struck or stricken, striking) 1. To hit someone or something in a forceful way. (ตี) 2. To attack someone or something suddenly. The enemy troops struck at dawn. (โจมตี) 3. To discover or find, especially by digging. To strike gold/oil. (ค้นพบ; พบ) 4. To cause someone to think about someone or something in a particular way. She strikes us as a very clever woman. (ประทับใจ) 1000
(phrasal verb: call for) 1. To demand or require something. This calls for quick action. 2. To go to a place to get someone or something. I'll call for you at eight o'clock.