The Way Up to Heaven

the way up to heavenThis story by Roald Dahl is about a wealthy couple who seem to live a boring life. Mrs Foster has two major problems: a phobia about being late, and a dominating husband who likes to play cruel jokes on her. In the end the tables are turned and Mrs Foster has the last laugh as her husband finds the way UP to Heaven.

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: airline, , , , , butler, , , , cigar, , , , , , , , , , luggage, madam, miracle, nerves, overcoat, , rare, , , , , , and twitch.


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airline(n: airline pl airlines) A business that owns and operates many airplanes that carry passengers and goods. 3000

bother(v: bother, bothers, bothered, bothering) To cause (someone) to feel troubled, worried, or annoyed. He's very easygoing. Nothing seems to bother him. 1000

butler(n: butler pl butlers) A male servant who has charge of wines and service at the table, and is usually the head servant in a wealthy person's household. (ทนายหน้าหอ) 6000

cigar(n: cigar plural cigars) A roll of tobacco leaves that is smoked, which is longer and thicker than a cigarette. 4000

club(n: club pl clubs) 1. A heavy wooden stick used as a weapon. 2. A group of people who meet to participate in an activity or a place where such people meet. 1000

complain(v: complain, complains, complained, complaining) To say or write that you that you are unhappy or not satisfied with something or are sick, uncomfortable, etc. 2000
(n: complaint pl complaints) A statement that you are unhappy or not satisfied with something. 2000

depress(v: depress, depresses, depressed, depressing) To make someone feel sad, unhappy or have little hope.
(adj: depressing) Causing someone to feel depressed. 2000

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

fear(n: fear plural fears) 1. A feeling of being scared or worried about something dangerous or unpleasant that could happen. Unable to walk the streets without fear of being robbed. Employees expressed fears that the company would go out of business. 2. [noncount] A feeling of respect and wonder for something very powerful. Fear of God. 2000

fog(n: fog, noncount) Many small drops of water floating in the air above the ground, sea, etc. which make it difficult to see. 4000

(n: hall pl halls) 1. A room or passage at the entrance to a house. (ทางเข้าประตู) 2. A long, narrow passage inside a building with doors that lead to rooms on each side; also called a hallway or corridor (ทางเดินยาวนตึก) 1000

entrance hall hallway

horror(n: horror pl horrors) 1. A very strong feeling of fear or dislike. (ความหวาดกลัว) 2. A disagreeable person or thing. Her little boy is an absolute horror. (คน หรือสิ่งที่คอยขัดแย้ง) 3000
(adj:ˈhorrible) 1. Causing horror; frightening; dreadful. A horrible sight. (น่าเกลียดน่ากลัว) 2. Very bad or unpleasant. What a horrible day! (ไม่น่ายินดี) 2000
(v: horrify, horrifies, horrified, horrifying) To cause (someone) to feel horror or shock; to greatly upset and shock (someone). (ทำให้ น่ากลัว) 4000

hurry(v: hurry, hurries, hurried, hurrying) To [cause to] to move, act, or go quickly. I must hurry or I will be late for the train. (รีบ) 2000

luggage(n: luggage, noncount) All the bags and suitcases that a person carries when traveling. (กระเป๋าเดินทาง) 7000

(n: madam pl madams) A term used to politely speak to a woman who you do not know or who has a high rank or position. (คุณผู้หญิง) 2000

miracle(n: miracle pl miracles) An unusual or wonderful event that cannot be explained and is believed to be caused by the power of God. (ปาฏิหาริย์) 3000

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

overcoat(n: overcoat pl overcoats) A long coat worn over other clothes to keep a person warm during very cold weather. (เสื้อคลุมใหญ่) 7000

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

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

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

serve(v: serve, serves, served, serving) 1. To be suitable for a purpose. This wooden box will serve as a seat. (เหมาะสมกับจุดประสงค์) 2. To give food or drink to someone at a meal or help a customer in a shop. The waiter served our meals quickly. (บริการอาหาร) 3. To hold a particular job, office, etc. He served in the army during the war. (ปฏิบัติหน้าที่) 1000

suffer(v: suffer, suffers, suffered, suffering) 1. To experience pain, illness, or injury. He died instantly and did not suffer. (ทนทุกข์ทรมาน) 2. To experience something unpleasant such as defeat, loss, or damage. Our country suffered a great deal during the war. (ประสบความทุกข์) 2000

suitcase(n: suitcase pl suitcases) A large (usually rectangular) case that you use to carry your clothing and belongings when you are traveling. (กระเป๋าโดยสาร) 4000

tight(adj: tight, tighter, tightest) 1. Fitting very or too closely; [of clothes] fitting very close to your body. These shoes are too tight. (คับแน่น) 2. Flat or firm from being pulled or stretched; not loose. Pull the ribbon tight and make a bow. (ผูกแน่น) 3. Fastened, attached, or held in a position that is not easy to move. The lid is too tight. I can't open it. (แน่นหนา) 2000
(adv: tightly) In a tight way. The shirt fits too tightly around the arms. Hold on tightly to the railing. (แน่น)

twitch(v: twitch, twitches, twitched, twitching) To make a slight, sudden movement that is not controlled or deliberate. (เกร็งกระตุก) 8000

wrap(v: wrap, wraps, wrapped, wrapping) To cover something by winding or folding a piece of paper or cloth around it. (คลุม; พัน) 2000

amuse(v: amuse, amuses, amused, amusing) 1. To make someone laugh or smile. 2. To entertain or give fun or pleasure to someone.
(adj: amusing) Funny; providing enjoyment; pleasantly entertaining. An amusing story. 3000

angel(n: angel pl angels) 1. A messenger or attendant of God. 2. A person (such as a child) who is very good, kind, beautiful, etc. Your son is such an angel! Be an angel and get me a cup of tea, would you?
(adj: angelic) Like an angel. 4000

atmosphere(n: atmosphere pl atmospheres) 1. The mass of air surrounding the earth. 2. The particular way a place or situation makes you feel. 3000

attitude(n: attitude pl attitudes) 1. The way you think and feel about someone or something. 2. A position of the body. 2000

cancel(v: cancel, cancels, canceled or cancelled, canceling or cancelling) 1. To stop doing or planning to do something. 2. To decide or announce that something (such as a game, performance, etc.) will not happen. 2000

charming(adj: charming) Very pleasing or delightful; attractive. 3000

check-in(n: check-in pl check-ins) 1. The act or process of checking in (reporting that you have arrived) at a hotel, an airport, etc. Check-in was delayed. 2. The place where people go when they arrive at a hotel, airport, etc. There is often a long line at airport check-ins.

(n: collar pl collars) 1. The part of a piece of clothing at the neck, especially of a shirt, jacket etc. 2. A band of leather, plastic, etc., worn around an animal's neck. 3000

shirt collar dog collar

counter(n: counter pl counters) A piece of furniture with a flat top that workers and customers stand on opposite sides of when doing business. 2000

delay(v: delay, delays, delayed, delaying) 1. To wait until later to do something; to make something happen later. 2. To make something or someone late; to make something or someone take longer than expected or planned. 2000

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

flight(n: flight pl flights) A journey on an airplane. 3000

goat(n: goat pl goats) A small animal of the sheep family, with horns and a long-haired coat. (แพะ) 5000

gossip(n: gossip, noncount) Information about the behavior and personal lives of other people, not always truthful. (การนินทา) 4000

investigate(v: investigate, investigates, investigated, investigating) To try to find out the facts about (something, such as a crime or an accident) in order to learn how it happened, who did it, etc. The police are investigating the murder. (สืบสวน)
(n: investigation pl investigations) The act of investigating. (การสืบสวน)
(n: investigator pl investigators) A person who investigates. (ผู้สอบสวน) 2000

loyal(adj: loyal) Having or showing complete and constant support for someone or something; faithful and true to a friend, partner, employer, country etc. (ซื่อสัตย์)
(n: loyalty pl loyalties) The quality of being loyal. (ความจงรักภักดี) 4000

passenger(n: passenger pl passengers) A person who travels in any car, bus, train, boat, airplane etc. and is not driving or working on it. (ผู้โดยสาร) 3000

repair(v: repair, repairs, repaired, repairing) To put (something that is broken or damaged) back into good condition; to fix, mend, restore. (ซ่อมแซม) 2000

spout(n: spout pl spouts) The part of a container, water-pipe etc through which the liquid it contains is poured out. (พวย) 5000

squirrel(n: squirrel pl squirrels)) A small animal with soft fur and a long bushy tail that lives in trees. (กระรอก) 6000

temporary(adj: temporary) Continuing for a limited amount of time; not permanent. (ชั่วคราว) 2000

terrified(adj: terrified) Very scared or afraid; filled with terror. (ทำให้น่ากลัวมาก) 3000

A 24 minute film from the ‘Tales Of The Unexpected’ British television series, with personal introduction by Roald Dahl. This is episode 9 of Season 1. To watch online, click here. To download the mp4, click here.

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