The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

the secret life of walter mittyWalter Mitty, the character created by ist and writer James Thurber, could be said to be the world’s best known er. He is already the subject of a movie, several radio plays and a successful musical. With another movie coming out later this year, Mitty will soon be introduced to a new . The story’s main character is a , , man who leads a boring an life. The poor guy also has to put up with a , ging wife. His way of dealing with this life without going is to escape whenever he can into imaginary worlds where he performs ic s.

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 story which are not in our Intermediate level 1800 word list are: anesthetic, bark, , , , , drugstore, , , grocery, , lieutenant, , , nerves, , , pup, , sea-plane, sergeant, shelter, and sling.


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(n: cartoon pl cartoons) 1. A drawing in a newspaper or magazine making fun of someone or something. (ภาพการ์ตูน) 2. A film consisting of a series of drawings in which the people and animals give the impression of movement; an animated film. (หนังการ์ตูน)
(n: cartoonist pl cartoonists) A person whose job it is to draw cartoons. (นักเขียนการ์ตูน) 4000

(n: daydream pl daydreams) Pleasant thoughts about your life or future that you have while you are awake. (ฝันกลางวัน) 10000
(n: daydreamer pl daydreamers) Someone who daydreams a lot.

generation(n: generation pl generations) 1. All the people of approximately the same age or living at the same time. We need to take better care of the environment for future generations. (คนรุ่นราวคราวเดียวกัน) 2. All of the people that are at the same stage of descent from a common ancestor. Mother and daughters represent two generations. (ชั่วอายุคน) 3. The average length of time between the birth of parents and the birth of their children, generally accepted as around 25-30 years. (ยุค ชั่วอายุ) 2000

(adj: meek, meeker, meekest) Having or showing a quiet and gentle nature; not wanting to fight or argue with other people. (ใจอ่อน) 10000

(adj: middle-aged) Of or relating to middle age; the period in a person's life from about age 45 to about age 65. (ซึ่งมีวัยกลางคน)

suburb(n: suburb pl suburbs) An area of houses located outside a central city area from which many people travel each day to work in the city. (ชานเมือง)
(adj: suburban) Of or from the suburbs. (นอกเมือง) 5000

(adj: dominating) Someone or something that has or likes to have control or exercise power over others. (ครอบ) 3000

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

crazy(adj: crazy, crazier, craziest) 1. Mentally ill; affected with madness or insanity. (บ้า) 2. Very foolish or unreasonable. (ไร้เหตุผล) 3000

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'.

(n: deed pl deeds) Something that is done; an act or action. (การกระทำ) 3000

aim(v: aim, aims, aimed, aiming) 1. To have a specified goal or purpose. (ตั้งเป้าหมาย) 2. To point or direct something (such as a weapon, ball, camera, etc) at a target. (เล็งเป้าหมาย) 2000

anesthetic(n:anesthetic pl anesthetics) A drug that causes a person to lose feeling and to feel no pain in part or all of the body. (ยาสลบ)

tree barkbarking dog(n: bark pl barks) 1. The outer covering of a tree. (เปลือกไม้) 2. The loud sound made by a dog when it is angry or excited. (เสียงเห่าของสุนัข)
(v: bark, barks, barked, barking) 1. To make a loud sound like that made by a dog when it is angry or excited. The dog barked at the stranger. (เห่า) 2. To shout or say (something) in a loud and angry way. The captain barked orders to his men. (ตะคอก) 5000

bomb(n: bomb plural bombs) A device that is designed to explode in order to injure or kill people or to damage or destroy property. (ลูกระเบิด)
(n: bomber pl bombers) 1. A person who bombs. (ผู้วางระเบิด) 2. A military airplane built for dropping bombs. (เครื่องบินทิ้งระเบิด)
(v: bomb, bombs, bombed, bombing) To attack (a place or people) with a bomb or bombs.(ทิ้งระเบิด) 2000

brandy(n: brandy pl brandies) A strong alcoholic drink made from wine. (เหล้าบรั่นดี) 5000

cannon(n: cannon pl cannons) A large gun that can shoot over a great distance. (ปืนใหญ่) 6000

captain(n: captain pl captains) 1. A person who is in charge of a ship, an aircraft, or a group of soldiers. (หัวหน้าผู้ควบคุมเรือ เครื่องบิน หรือกองทหาร) 2. The leader of a team or club. (หัวหน้าทีม) 3000

drugstore(n: drugstore pl drugstores) A shop that sells medicines and various other products such as newspapers, candy, soap, etc. (ร้านขายยา) 3000

exitt(n: exit pl exits) Something (such as a door) that is used as a way to go out of a place. (ทางออก) 3000

(n: garage pl garages) 1. A building or part of a building in which a car, truck, etc., is kept. The house has a two-car garage. (โรงรถ) 2. A shop where vehicles are repaired, and often petrol, oil etc is sold. My car was making a strange noise, so I took it to a garage. (อู่; อู่ซ่อมรถ) 2000
In some countries, a garage that sells petrol, etc may also be called a service station or filling station.

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grocery(n: grocery pl groceries) A store that sells food and household items. Originally, grocery stores only sold 'dry good' )food that came in tins, packets, jars, boxes, etc). In modern times, they have developed into supermarkets which sell many more things such as cold drinks, frozen food, meat, fruit, vegetables, etc. (ของชำ)
(n: groceries, noncount) Food and household items. (ร้านขายของชำ) 4000
(n: grocer pl grocers) A person who sells groceries. (คนขายของชำ) 6000

hell(n: hell, singular) 1. The place where, according to some religions, the devil lives and evil people go after they die. (ขุมนรก) (n: noncount) 2. A very difficult or unpleasant situation or experience. I left the job because the boss made my life hell. (ความทรมาน) 1000

(n: lieutenant pl lieutenants) A junior officer in the army, navy, or air force; an officer in a fire or police department who has a rank below a captain. (นายร้อย) 6000

navy(n: navy pl navies) A country's warships and the people who work in and with them. (กองทัพเรือ) 4000

nerves(n: nerves, noncount) The medical condition known today as Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GDA), characterized by uncontrollable and often unnecessary worry about common occurrences and situations. (ความเครียด) 2000

pour(v: pour, pours, poured, pouring) 1. To (cause to) flow in a steady stream. She poured the milk into a bowl. Water poured down the wall. People were pouring out of the factory. (เท) 2. [only with 'it' as subject] To rain heavily. It was pouring this morning. (ฝนตกหนัก) 2000

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

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

seaplane(n: seaplane pl seaplanes) An airplane that can take off from and land on water. (เครื่องบินที่ขึ้นลงบนผิวน้ำได้)

sergeant(n: sergeant pl sergeants) In the army or police force, the highest position before becoming an officer. (สิบเอก)
(n: sergeant major pl sergeant majors or sergeants major) The highest rank of sergeant. (จ่าสิบเอก) 3000

shelter(n: shelter pl shelters) A structure that covers or protects people or things against wind, rain, danger etc. (ที่หลบภัย) 3000

sling(n: sling pl slings) A type of bandage hanging from the neck or shoulders to support an injured arm. (แถบผ้าคล้องคอสำหรับแขวนมือหรือแขนที่บาดเจ็บ) 4000

target(n: target pl targets) An object at which shots, bombs etc are directed. (เป้า) 2000

temperature(n: temperature pl temperatures) A measurement that indicates how hot or cold something is; a measurement in degrees showing the heat of something (such as air or water). (อุณหภูมิ) 2000
(v: take someone's temperature) [idiom] To measure the person's body heat, using a thermometer. (วัดอุณหภูมิ)

brake(n: brake pl brakes) A device for slowing or stopping something (such as a wheel or vehicle). (เครื่องห้ามล้อ) 3000

brandy(n: brandy pl brandies) A strong alcoholic drink made from wine. (เหล้าบรั่นดี) 5000

cannon(n: cannon pl cannons) A large gun that can shoot over a great distance. (ปืนใหญ่) 6000

complicated(adj: complicated) Hard to understand, explain, or deal with; having many parts or steps. (เชิงซ้อน) 2000

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

flame-thrower(n: flame-thrower pl flame-throwers) A weapon that shoots a stream of burning liquid. (เครื่องพ่นไฟที่ใช้ในสงคราม)

hum(v: hum, hums, hummed, humming) 1. (v) To make a musical sound with your lips closed. (ฮัมเพลงโดยไม่เปิดปาก) 2. To make a low continuous sound. (ทำเสียงคล้ายฮัมเพลง) 4000

lobby(n: lobby pl lobbies) A large open area inside and near the entrance of a public building (such as a hotel or theater). (ห้องโถง) 4000

miserable(adj: miserable) 1. Feeling very unhappy, sick or unwell. (ทุกข์ยาก) 2. Very poor in quantity or quality. (น่าเวทนา) 3000

overshoes(n: overshoe pl overshoes) A rubber shoe worn over another shoe in bad weather. (รองเท้าที่สวมทับรองเท้าปกติเพื่อป้องกันสิ่งสกปรกหรือให้อบอุ่น)

prosecutor(n: prosecutor pl prosecutors) A government lawyer who accuses a person of a crime and who tries to prove in court that the person is guilty. (พนักงานอัยการ)
(v: prosecute, prosecutes, prosecuted, prosecuting) To bring a legal action against someone. (ดำเนินคดี) 4000

revolve(v: revolve, revolves, revolved, revolving) To move, roll or turn (in a complete circle) around a central point. (หมุนรอบ) 4000