The Doll’s House

a doll's houseThis story by Katherine Mansfield is about beautiful toy doll’s house that is given to the girls of one of the leading families in a small town. All but two of the other girls in the town are invited to see it. The excluded girls are treated cruelly because of their mother’s lowly job.

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 .

Intermediate Vocabulary Help / Exercises

The words and expressions in our Intermediate level Simplified English story which are not in our 1800 word list are: chimney, courtyard, , , embarrass, , frame, , globe, jug, , nod, , pocket-knife, rare, shame, , skip, sleeve, , swing, , washerwoman, and .


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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. (หายใจ) 3000

chimney(n: chimney pl chimneys) A part of a building through which smoke rises into the outside air. (ปล่องไฟ) 3000

courtyard(n: courtyard pl courtyards) An area of open space wholly or partly surrounded by walls or buildings. (สนามรอบบ้าน) 7000

dine(v: dine, dines, dined, dining) To eat dinner; to have the main meal of the day. (รับประทานอาหารเย็น) 3000
(n: dining room) A room in a house used mainly for eating in. (ห้องอาหาร)
(n: dining table) A table around which people sit to eat. (โต๊ะกลมสำหรับทานอาหาร)

embarrass(v: embarrass, embarrasses, embarrassed, embarrassing) To make (a person, group, government, etc.) feel foolish, self-conscious or ashamed about something. (ทำให้รู้สึกอาย) 2000

feather(n: feather pl feathers) One of the things that grow from a bird's skin that form the covering of its body. (ขนนก) 3000

frame(n: frame pl frames) 1. An open structure that holds something (such as glass or a picture) in place. (กรอบ) 2. A hard main structure around which something is built or made, such as the wooden frame of a house or the steel frame of an airplane. (โครงสร้างพื้นฐาน) 2000

globe(n: globe pl globes) 1. (usually with the) Earth. I've traveled to all parts of the globe. (โลก) 2. A ball with a map of the Earth on it. (ลูกโลก) 3. An object shaped like a ball. (รูปทรงกลม) 4. A round container, especially a glass cover for a light bulb. 4000

jug(n: jug pl jugs) A deep container for liquids, usually with a handle and a shaped lip for pouring. He put a jug of milk on the table. (เหยือก) 3000

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

perfect(adj: perfect) 1. Excellent; having no mistakes. He spoke perfect English. (สมบูรณ์แบบ) 2. Exact; accurate. The painting was a perfect copy of the original. (ถูกต้อง) 3. Very great; complete. A perfect stranger. (สมบูรณ์แบบ)
(adv: perfectly) 1. Done without mistakes. She performed the dance perfectly. (อย่างยอดเยี่ยม) 2. Very; completely. He was perfectly happy. (อย่างที่สุด) 1000

pocket-knife(n: pocket-knife pl pocket-knives) A knife with one or more blades that fold into the handle so that it can be carried in the pocket. Also known as a 'jack-knife' or 'pen-knife'. (มีดเล็กที่พับได้) 10000

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

rare(adj: rare, rarer, rarest) 1. Not done, seen, or happening etc very often; not common or usual. A rare animal/flower/occurrence. (ซึ่งหายาก) 2. (of meat) Only slightly cooked. I like my steak rare. (ไม่สุกมาก)
(adv: rarely) Not often. I rarely go to bed before midnight. (นาน ๆ ครั้ง) 2000

servant(n: servant pl servants) Someone who is hired to do household or personal duties [such as cleaning and cooking]. (คนรับใช้) 1000

shame(n: shame, noncount) 1. A feeling of guilt, regret, or sadness because you have failed at something or done something wrong or foolish. (ความอับอาย) 2. Something that causes such a feeling; a pity. (ความน่าเสียดาย) 2000
(adj: shameful) Something so bad that someone should feel shame because of it. (น่าละอาย)
(adj: shameless) Having done something shameful without feeling shame. (ซึ่งไม่อับอาย)

shake your head(v: shake, shakes, shook, shaken, shaking your head) To turn your head from side to side as a way of answering “no” or of showing disagreement or that you will not do something. (ส่ายหัว)

silence(n: silence, noncount) 1. [A period of time] when there is no sound. The teacher asked for silence in the room. I find it hard to sleep unless there is complete silence. (ความเงียบ)
(adj: silent) Used to describe someone or something that is not making noise. (เงียบ)
(adv: silently) In a silent way. (อย่างเงียบ ๆ) 3000

(v: skip, skips, skipped, skipping) 1. To move forward in a happy or playful way by taking short, quick steps and jumps. (กระโดด) 2. To jump over a rope that is being turned under the feet and over the head as a children's game or for exercise. (กระโดดเชือก) 3000

skipping girl skipping rope

sleeve(n: sleeve pl sleeves) The part of a shirt, jacket, etc., that covers all or part of your arm. (แขนเสื้อ) 3000

spots< (n: spot pl spots) A small mark of a different color from its background. (จุด) 2000

stove(n: stove pl stoves) A flat piece of kitchen equipment used for cooking on. She put the pot on the stove over medium heat. (เตาไฟ) 5000
Often set above an oven [a closed box-like space which is heated for baking or roasting food]. (เตาอบ) 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: washerwoman pl washerwomen) A woman who goes about from house to house collecting clothes that she will take home to wash and dry.

cradle(n: cradle pl cradles) A bed for a baby that is usually designed to rock back and forth when pushed gently. She rocked the cradle to help the baby to sleep. (แท่นรอง) 6000

creek(n: creek pl creeks) A small stream. (ห้วย) 10000

faint(v: faint, faints, fainted, fainting) To feel weak or tired and suddenly fall down and become unconscious. (เป็นลม)
(adj: faint, fainter, faintest) 1. Feeling weak or tired, as if you are going to fall down. (อ่อนกำลัง) 2. Not clearly seen, heard, tasted, felt, etc. (จาง) 3000

freckle(n: freckle pl freckles) A small, brownish spot on someone's skin. (กระ) 11000

milkman(n: milkman pl milkmen) A man who delivers or sells milk and sometimes other grocery items. (คนส่งนม) 4000

owl(n: owl pl owls) A bird that usually hunts at night and that has a large head and eyes, a powerful hooked beak, and strong claws. (นกฮูก) 5000

sigh(v: sigh, sighs, sighed, sighing) To take in and let out a long, loud breath in a way that shows you are bored, disappointed, unhappy, relieved, etc. (ถอนหายใจ) 4000

surround(v: surround, surrounds, surrounded, surrounding) To be on every side of someone or something. An island is an area of land surrounded by water. (ล้อมรอบ) 3000

waist(n: waist pl waists) The narrow part of the human body between the stomach and hips. (ก้น) 5000

whisper(n: whisper pl whispers) A very quiet sound, especially something said. (การกระซิบ; การส่งเสียงเบา ๆ)
(v: whisper, whispers, whispered, whispering) To speak or say something very softly. (กระซิบ) 5000