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Photos + Captions = Easy Understanding

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Look for interesting photos in the Bangkok Post or on Try to understand the captions that explain them using the photos to help you. 

Here's an activity you can do everyday. Look for interesting photos in the Bangkok Post or on and read the captions that explain them. Look for words or phrases that you don't know. Often you can understand them by looking at the photo. If you are online, you can immediately find out what they mean by going to an online dictionary like:


That won't be necessary today, however, since I have a vocabulary lists for you.

First listen once or twice to the captions from the sound file as you look at the photos. Then go back and look at the photos and try to understand unfamiliar words or phrases. Then look at the vocabulary list that follows.  (Do you want more practice? Check out the photos in the Bangkok Post's multi=media section

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The Tha Phra Chan area near Thammasat University is flooded due to overflow from the adjacent Chao Phraya River yesterday. City officials have had to pile up sandbags to block flood waters from reaching inner roads of the capital. PATTARACHAI PRECHAPANICH

overflow – (of a river or body of water)  flooding the land next to it การไหลล้น
adjacent – very near, next to, or touching ติดกัน
pile – to put objects one on top of another; objects positioned one on top of another กอง
block – to stop something or someone from moving through or along something else  ปิดกั้น, กีดขวาง
capital – the most important town or city of a country, usually where the central government operates from  เมืองหลวง

Necessity is the mother of invention for this boy as he paddles a mattress to navigate a flooded street in Ban Sa Sawoey in Lop Buri's Muang district. Photo by Thiti Wannamontha.

necessity is the mother of invention – when people really need to do something, they will find out a way to do it เมื่อผู้คนจำเป็นต้องทำสิ่งหนึ่ง เขาจะหาวิธีทำให้ได้ (Readers' suggestions: ถ้าคุณต้องทำอะไรจริงๆแล้ว คุณย่อมหาทางทำมันจนได้   ความจำเป็นทำให้เราต้องดิ้นรน)
paddle – to use a short pole with a flat wide part at one or both ends to move a small boat through water พายเรือ
mattress – the thick soft material that you put on the base of a bed to make it more comfortable  ที่นอน
navigate – to find and follow a path through a difficult place หาเส้นทาง

Tourists get wet feet as they watch a royal barge procession rehearsal at the flooded Nagaraphirom public park by the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok. The main pagoda of Wat Arun is in the background. Photo by Pawat Laopaisarntaksin

royal barge – (in Thailand) a long, elaborately  decorated boat used for royal ceremonies on the Chao Phyra River เรือพระราชพิธี
procession – a line of people, vehicles or boats moving in a slow and formal way as part of an event ขบวน(ราช)
rehearsal – a practice for a concert, play, event, etc. before giving a performance การซักซ้อม
pagoda – a Buddhist religious building with several levels เจดีย์, สถูป, พระเจดีย์
background – the part of a picture, photograph or view behind the main objects, people, etc ฉากหลัง, พื้นหลังภาพ

Dummy police officers, known as "Ja Choey", will soon be equipped with CCTV and high-speed cameras using wireless communication systems to assist Bangkok traffic police. The dummies will initially be placed on the Don Muang Tollway before being positioned in other locations where traffic laws are often violated. Photo by Pattanapong Hirunard.

dummy – something that is not real but is made to appear to be real ของที่ทำเลียนแบบของจริง
equip – to provide yourself/somebody/something with the things that are needed for a particular purpose or activity จัดหาสิ่งจำเป็นไว้ให้
equipped – having the necessary supplies, equipment, training, etc. ครบครัน,  ซึ่งมีเครื่องประกอบพร้อม
CC(closed circuit)TV – a television system that works within a limited area, for example a public building, to protect it from crime โทรทัศน์วงจรปิด (ซีซีทีวี)
assist – to help ช่วย
initially – at first ในเบื้องต้น
position – to put somebody/something in a particular place or position จัดวาง, วางที่, วางตำแหน่ง
location – where someone or something is ที่ตั้ง,ทำเล
violate – to do something that is against the law ละเมิดกฏหมาย

About 30 costumed activists rallied at Government House in Bangkok earlier this week to press for a thorough investigation into City Hall's procurement of dummy surveillance cameras. Photo by Apichart Jinakul.

costumed – wearing a costume
activist – someone who takes part in activities that are intended to achieve political or social change, especially someone who is a member of an organisation นักกิจกรรม
rally – to join a public meeting that a lot of people go to in order to support someone or protest against someone or something ชุมนุม
press – to try in a determined way to make someone do something ผลักดัน, บังคับ, รบเร้า, กระตุ้น
investigation – the process of trying to find out all the details or facts about something in order to discover who or what caused it or how it happened การตรวจสอบหาข้อเท็จจริง
procurement – the process of buying supplies or equipment for a government department or company การจัดซื้อวัสดุ เครื่องมือสำหรับบริษัท หรือหน่วยงานของรัฐ
surveillance camera – a camera kept in a place to record what happens there, especially criminal activity กล้องวงจรปิดเพื่อรักษาการความปลอดภัย

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her predecessor, opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva, share a joke at Lumpini Park in Bangkok during an event to mark the start of the Anti-Corruption Network. Photo by Patipat Janthong.

predecessor – the person who had a job or official position before someone else ผู้ที่ดำรงตำแหน่งก่อนหน้านี้
opposition – of a political party that is not part of the government or a group which is against the government ฝ่ายค้าน  ผู้ต่อต้าน
mark – to show that something is happening เป็นเครืองแสดง เป็นการเริ่มต้น
network – a large system of connected parts, organisations, people, etc. เครือข่าย

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