Can-Can

can-canThe protagonist in this very short story by Arturo Vivante appears to be a happily married family man with a loving, trusting wife. When his wife dances the for one of their children, we can see that he also still finds her attractive. He knows she won’t question his going out alone for a long drive, even though this is out of character and she will surely think that he is up to something. But he has made plans to commit adultery with another woman. It is clear that he has no real love for this woman, which leaves the reader with a question: “Why would a man put his marriage and family life at risk like this?”

Pre-Intermediate Vocabulary Help / Exercises

The words and expressions in our Pre-Intermediate level Simplified English story which are not in our 1200 word list are: , , , , , , , , , , and . There is also a phrase that may be confusing in the sentence: As a matter of , she (the wife) didn’t really like him to leave.

Intermediate Vocabulary Help / Exercises

The words and expressions in our Intermediate level Simplified English story which are not in our 1800 word list are: , jealous, nod, , , , , stockings, , suspect, and . There is also a U.S. term in the story, where the man is described by his wife as ““.


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can-can(n: can-can, singular) A type of high-kicking dance traditionally performed by a group of female dancers who wear costumes with long skirts, petticoats, and black stockings. (การเต้นรำ)

afraid(adj: afraid) 1. Feeling fear or being frightened [of a person, thing etc]. The child is afraid of the dark. (กลัว) 2. Sorry to have to say that. I'm afraid I don't agree with you. (เกรงว่า) 2000

arrange(v: arrange, arranges, arranged, arranging) 1. To move and organize people or things into a particular order or position. She arranged her pictures on her desk. (เรียงลำดับ) 2. To plan or organize the details of something before it happens. We have arranged a meeting for next week. (จัดเตรียม; เตรียมการ) 1000

attractive(adj: attractive) 1. Having a pleasing appearance, especially one that causes romantic or sexual feelings in someone; good-looking. That's an attractive flower arrangement. She has an attractive smile. I've never really found him attractive. 2. Having a feature or quality that people like. It is a very attractive idea. (มีเสน่ห์ดึงดูด) 2000

especially(adv: especially) 1. To a great extent, very much; more than usually. He wasn't an especially clever person. 2. Used to single out one person, thing, or situation over all others; particularly. The soup was especially delicious. (โดยเฉพาะอย่างยิ่ง) 1000

jealous(adj: jealous) 1. Feeling or showing that you want to be like another person or have something that another person has; envy. (อิจฉา) 2. Feeling or showing unhappiness or anger because you think that someone you love (such as your spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc.) likes or is liked by someone else. (ขี้หึง) 4000

nod(v: nod, nods, nodded, nodding) 1. To move your head up and down as a way of answering 'yes' or of showing agreement, understanding, or approval. 2. To move your head up and down as a signal to someone or as a way of saying hello or goodbye to someone. (พยักหน้า) 3000

secret(adj: secret) Kept hidden from others; known to only a few people. (ความลับ)
(n: secret pl secrets) A fact or piece of information that is kept hidden from other people. Their marriage is a secret. (เก็บเป็นความลับ) 2000

sense(n: sense plural senses) 1. One of the five natural powers of touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing. (ประสาทสัมผัส) 2. A physical or emotional feeling that you experience. A sense of hunger/pain. A sense that something isn't right. (ความรู้สึก) 3. The ability to think clearly and show good judgement. Common sense (การวินิจฉัยที่ดี) 1000

tights(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

(v: suppose, supposes, supposed, supposing) To think that something is likely to be true; to believe or guess. (สมมติ) 1000
(phrasal verb: supposed to do/be, etc.) To be expected to do/be, etc. something. They are supposed to arrive tomorrow. (ที่คาดการณ์ไว้)
In responding to a suggestion or question, the phrase I suppose (so) is used as a way of agreeing or saying “yes” when you are not certain or not very excited or interested.

suspect(v: suspect, suspects, suspected, suspecting) To think that (someone) is possibly guilty of a crime or of doing something wrong. The police suspect him of killing the girl. (สงสัย) 2000

(n: fact pl facts) Something known or believed without doubt to be true. It is a fact that smoking is a danger to health. (ข้อเท็จจริง) 1000
(phrase: as a matter of fact / in fact / in point of fact) Actually, really; Used to stress the truth of a statement. She doesn't like him much – in fact I think she hates him! (แท้จริง; อันที่จริง)

curious(adj: curious) 1. Interested and wanting to learn or know more about something or someone. I'm curious to find out whether he passed his exams. (อยากรู้อยากเห็น) 2. Strange, unusual, or unexpected. She found a curious old clock in the attic. (แปลก) 3000

peculiar(adj:peculiar) Not usual or normal; strange; odd. It seems peculiar that he would leave town and not tell anybody. (ประหลาด) 3000

(n: sake pl sakes) The benefit or interest of someone or something. Used in phrases with 'for' to say that something is done to help a particular person or thing (e.g. We must do it for the sake of our country). (เป็นประโยชน์)
(interj) Used in phrases with 'for' to express anger, annoyance, surprise, etc. (e.g. For God's sake! For goodness sake! For Heaven's sake! ) 2000

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

signal(n: signal pl signals) 1. Something (such as a sound, a movement of part of the body, or an object) that gives information about something or that tells someone to do something. They communicated with each other by using hand signals. (สัญญาณ) 2. A message, sound, or image that is carried by waves of light or sound. The phone signal is not very strong here. (ส่งสัญญาณ) 2000

subtle(adj: subtle) 1. Hard to notice or see; not obvious. There is a subtle difference in meaning between some words. (บาง เบาบาง, บอบบาง) 2. Clever and indirect; not showing your real purpose. It was her subtle way of telling me to mind my own business. (เฉียบแหลม ฉลาด, หลักแหลม) 3000

swing(v: swing, swings, swung, swinging) 1. To move backward and forward or from side to side while hanging from something. The children were swinging on a rope hanging from a tree. 2. To (cause to) move or sway in a curve (from side to side, forwards and backwards or up and down) from a fixed point. You swing your arms when you walk. The gate swung open. (แกว่ง) 3000

(n: slang, noncount) Words that are not considered part of the standard vocabulary of a language that are used very informally in speech, especially by a particular group of people. (ภาษาตลาด) 6000

Mr. Fix-it(n: Mr. Fix-it, singular) A U.S. slang term for a man who is good at repairing things, or a man who is an expert at finding solutions to difficult problems, situations, etc.

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