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Making the tough stuff easier
Kong Rithdee is a Thai writer who has worked hard at his English and achieved a very high level in his writing. He has also learned a lot about movies and the film industry, both foreign films and the growing Thai cinema. These are things many people want to read about. The only problem for you, if you are a second language reader, is that Kong’s vocabulary is so advanced. You might want to give up even though you’d like to know what he has to say.
This lesson will give you some help with the vocabulary and also guide you to understand the ideas. Though the vocabulary is difficult, you’ll find that the ideas are really not.
First, let’s look at some common movie industry words and phrases, many of these you will already know or can guess. So, before you read the story, see if you can match the words in the first list with their meanings in the second. If you have trouble, use the way they are used in the story (context) to help you.
Getting to the important stuff
When you are reading something with difficult vocabulary, like these three articles, the important thing is to read quickly for the ideas. Don’t stop to check unknown words.
Here are three sets of questions to guide you. Read them first, then read the previews quickly to find the answers to all the questions in each set.
Working at vocabulary
One of the best reading skills you can develop is guessing at the meanings of unfamiliar words. Now that you know the main ideas about these three movies, it’s worth spending some time to develop your vocabulary skills. Here are six tips for getting meanings of the words below. They are in bold print in the text as well to help you find them.
OUR STORIES FROM THE BANGKOK POST
tabloid premise introverted to play second fiddle aspire dictated counterpoint crooks metaphorical a play on appendage dilemma redemption orgy illicit concoct gargantuan pomp pachyderms irrefutable convoluted opulence intact punctuate fortissimo intrigue
to play second fiddle
a play on
Answers: streamlined (shorter, clearer), unravel (discover), confounding (even women can’t understand), dislocated (Thai immigrants in Los Angeles, dis- has a negative meaning), mayhem (dragged), staggering (600-million-baht)