The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

celebrated frogThis story was the first success of famous American writer Samuel Clemens, better known by the Mark Twain. It is about a man who loved to so much that he would bet on anything. He finds a frog and trains it to jump so well that he thinks it can further than any other frog in Calaveras County. He keeps the frog in a wooden box and often brings it into town to find people to bet with. One day a passing stranger agrees to bet against the frog, provided the man can find another frog to jump for him. The man learns an expensive lesson when the new frog wins easily.

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 .

In order to understand the story you also need to know a special meaning of the word . When Jim Smiley went down to the river to find another frog, the stranger took out a spoon and filled Dan’l Webster (Jim’s frog) with bird shot… the small metal balls that are used in s.

Intermediate Vocabulary Help / Exercises

The words and expressions in our Intermediate level Simplified English story which are not in our 1800 word list are: , beetle, canary, channel, cock, , , , hero, , , , , parrot, , scratch, sneeze, , , , , and yard.

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commercial(adj: commercial) Having to do with the buying and selling of goods and services. A commercial building/vehicle. 2. [likely to be] profitable. A commercial success. 3. Paid for by advertisements. Commercial radio/TV.
(n: commercial pl commercials) A paid advertisement on radio or TV. 2000

pen name(n: pen-name pl pen-names) A name used by a writer instead of his or her real name. (นามปากกา)

gamble(v: gamble, gambles, gambled, gambling) To play a game in which you can win or lose money or other things you own; to bet money or other valuable things on an outcome, such as a horse race. (เสี่ยงโชค) 3000

leap(v: leap, leaps, leapt or leaped, leaping) 1. To jump from a surface. The cat suddenly leaped into the air. (กระโดด) 2. To jump over something. The dog leaped over the wall. (กระโดดข้าม) 3. To move quickly. She leaped out of bed when the fire alarm went off. (โผ) 3000

beetle(n: beetle pl beetles) A type of insect with four wings that form a hard cover on its back when it is not flying. 9000

bet(n: bet pl bets) An agreement in which people try to guess what will happen and the person who guesses wrong has to give something [such as money] to the person who guesses right.
(v: bet, bets, bet, betting) To make a bet; to risk losing something [such as money] if your guess about what will happen is wrong. 1000

breathe(v: breathe, breathes, breathed, breathing) To move air into and out of your lungs; to inhale and exhale. He was breathing hard from running.
(phrasal verb: breathe deeply) To take a lot of air into your lungs. 3000

canary(n: canary pl canaries) A small usually yellow or green singing bird that is often kept as a pet. 6000

irrigation channel(n: channel pl channels) 1. A long narrow place where water flows. 2. A deep part of a river, harbor, etc. where ships can go. 3. A narrow area of the sea between two areas of land that are close together. The English Channel. 4. A television or radio station. Discovery Channel2000

cock(n: rooster pl roosters) 1. An adult male chicken; a rooster. 2. A device for stopping or slowing the flow of a liquid or gas through a pipe; a stopcock. 3000

(n: county pl counties) An area of a state or country that is larger than a city and has its own government to deal with local matters; a province. 1000

dust(n: dust, noncount) A fine powder made up of very small pieces of earth, sand, etc. The furniture was covered in dust.
(adj: dusty; dustier, dustiest) Filled or covered with dust. He cleaned the dusty shelf. 2000

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'.

mine(pronoun: mine) Something which belongs to me. That book is mine. (ของฉัน) 1000
(n: mine pl mines) 1. A place from which metals, coal, salt etc are dug. (เหมืองแร่) 2. A type of bomb used underwater or placed just beneath the surface of the ground. (ระเบิด)
(n: miner pl miners) A person who works in a mine. (คนงานเหมือง) 2000

mud(n: mud, noncount) Soft, wet dirt. His shoes were covered with mud. (โคลน) 3000

parrot(n: parrot pl parrots) A bright-colored tropical bird that has a curved bill and can be taught to imitate speech. (นกแก้ว) 5000

practice(v: practice, practices, practiced, practicing; British practise) To do something again and again in order to become better at it. To be a good musician, you have to practice a lot. (ฝึกฝน) 2. To do something regularly or constantly as an ordinary part of your life; a habit or custom. It was his usual practice to get up at 6.00 a.m. (กิจวัตร) 1000

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. (ภูมิใจในตนเอง) 2. Having a (too) high opinion of oneself; arrogant. She was too proud to talk to us. (หยิ่ง) 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. (ความภาคภูมิใจ) 3000

scratch(n: scratch pl scratches) A shallow and narrow cut in the skin or a surface caused by something sharp. (รอยขีดข่วน)
(v: scratch, scratches, scratched, scratching) 1. To make a line in a surface or object by rubbing or cutting it with a sharp point. (ข่วน; ขีด) 2. To rub your skin with something sharp to stop an itch. (เกา) 3000

sneeze(v: sneeze, sneezes, sneezed, sneezing) To suddenly force air out through your nose and mouth with a usually loud noise because your body is reacting to dust, a sickness, etc. (จาม) 5000

weigh(v: weigh, weighs, weighed, weighing) To find how heavy someone or something is; to measure the weight of someone or something. (วัดน้ำหนัก) 1000

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

(n: shot pl shots) 1. An act of shooting a gun. I fired a warning shot into the air. (การยิง) 2. [noncount] The objects that are fired from cannons and some other weapons, especially the metal balls that are used in shotguns. (ลูกกระสุนปืน) 1000

shotgun(n: shotgun pl shotguns) A gun with one or two long barrels that shoots many small metal balls (shot) over short distances. They are mainly used for hunting. Very small balls (bird shot) are used for small animals; larger balls (buck shot) are used for larger animals. (ปืนลูกซอง) 5000

bald(adj: bald, balder, baldest) Having no hair or very little hair on the head. He is losing his hair; soon he will be bald. 5000

dilapidated(adj: dilapidated) In very bad condition because of age or lack of care; run-down. She was living in a dilapidated old apartment building. 11000

exclaim(v: exclaim, exclaims, exclaimed, exclaiming) 1. To say (something) in an enthusiastic or forceful way. “I won!” she exclaimed. 2. To cry out or speak suddenly or with strong feeling. She exclaimed in delight when she saw the Christmas tree. 6000

grateful(adj: grateful) Feeling that you want to thank someone because they have given you something or done something for you. (ที่ รู้สึกขอบคุณ) 2000

infamous(adj: infamous) Well-known for being bad; known for evil acts or crimes. (มีชื่อในทางเลว) 11000

jaw(n: jaw pl jaws) Either one of the two bones of a head where teeth grow. (ขากรรไกร) 3000

modest(adj: modest) 1. Not showing too high an opinion of one's position or abilities. She's very modest about her achievements. (ถ่อมตัว) 2. Decent and showing good taste in one's actions and dress; not shocking or showing too much of one's body. She preferred wearing a modest swimsuit. (เรียบร้อย)
(n: modesty, noncount) The quality of being modest. She accepted the award with modesty. The young woman dressed with modesty. (ความพอประมาณ) 4000

nag(n: nag pl nags) A horse that is old and usually in bad condition. (ม้าแก่)
(v: nag, nags, nagged, nagging) To annoy someone by often complaining about his or her behavior, appearance, etc. (ดุด่า) 6000

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). (ลูกหมา) 5000

sociable(adj: sociable) Liking to be with and talk to other people. They are sociable people who enjoy having parties. (ชอบ สังคม) 4000

swamp(n: swamp pl swamps) An area of soft wet land that is often partly covered with water and has many trees. (บึง) 5000

talent(n: talent pl talents) A special ability that allows someone to do something well; a skill. He is a singer with an enormous amount of talent. I have no musical talent. (ซึ่งมีความสามารถพิเศษ) 3000

wink(v: wink, winks, winked, winking) To shut and open an eye quickly in friendly greeting, or to show that something is a secret etc. (ขยิบตา) 8000

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