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In this activity you will need to use your understanding of English and your imagination. I have described a very interesting painting of a scene in rural Thailand. Picture it in your mind before you look at it. 

In this activity you will need to use your understanding of English and your imagination. I have described a very interesting painting of a scene in rural Thailand. Try to picture it in your mind. Than you can click on the link to the “arts and culture” section where you can see the painting and read about it. See how well your imagination fits the actual painting.

I have put this in our “learning together” section because you might have some ideas on how to improve my description. Or, you might want to write your own description. You can do so my sending me an email at the address on the right.

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Imagine first, then look

This is a painting of a scene in the countryside of Thailand. It looks a little like the background you would see in an animated movie, a cartoon movie like Khan Kluay. It is a colourful painting, but the colours are soft and pleasant to look at.

It is a sunny day with a few clouds in the sky. There are big hills or mountains in the background. They are tall and roundish in shape, like big eggs sticking out of the earth. In front of the hills there is a very large area of fields, probably rice fields although we can’t tell for sure. In the field nearest to us there is a small tree on the right. To the left is another hill with a little river wrapped around it. There appears to be a small waterfall on the right side of the hill.

In the foreground, there is a small farmer’s house with a thatched roof. It’s walls are made of a light wood, probably bamboo. It is open in the front and it rests on stilts. There is a small ladder for people to walk up into the house. There are two large water jars for storing rainwater next to the house.

In the front yard, near the house there are two very tall trees. The trees are close together at the bottom but they lean away from each other as they get higher. The leaves of the trees are at the very top. The trunks are bare at the lower levels.

To the left of the trees a woman is bending over a basket, preparing to take out wet clothes to put on a clothes line to dry. She has already hung several colourful pieces of clothing. To the right of the trees is a small girl, probably the woman’s daughter. She is looking at something.

Now look at the painting here:

imagination – the ability to form pictures in the mind จินตนาการ
scene – a view that you can see in a picture or from the place where you are  วิว,,ภาพ, ทิวทัศน์,ทัศนียภาพ
rural – connected with the countryside outside big towns and cities  ในชนบท, บ้านนอก
animated – consisting of a series of drawings that are shown quickly one after another so that they look as if they are moving ภาพวาดเคลื่อนไหวได้
hilltop – the top of an area of land that is higher than the land around it, but not as high as a mountain  เนิน
background – the part of a picture, photograph or view behind the main objects, people, etc ฉากหลัง, พื้นหลังภาพ
wrapped around – tightly fitted around something else ล้อมรอบ
foreground – the part of a picture that appears nearest to you, i.e., it is in the front of the picture
thatched roof–  a roof covered with dried plants หลังคาจาก
stilts – a set of posts that a house is built on to raise it above the ground or above the level of water เสาค้ำ
ladder – a piece of equipment for reaching high places that consists of two long pieces of wood or metal joined by smaller pieces called rungs บันได
store – to put and keep things in a special place for use in the future เก็บ
lean – to move at an angle something so it is closer to or further from something  พิง, พาด
trunk – the main part of a tree that the branches grow out of ลำต้น

Here are some words from the story accompanying the painting

charming – very attractive and pleasant น่ารัก, สวยงาม
inspire – to give someone the idea for a piece of work ทำให้เกิด บันดาลใจให้
portray – to represent or describe someone or something in a painting, film, book or other artistic work แสดง, พรรณนา
agrarian – relating to or involving farming or farmers เกี่ยวกับไร่นาและที่ดิน, เกี่ยวกับชาวนา, ชนบท
neglect – to give not give care or attention to something ละเลย
appreciation – to understand that something is good or beautiful ชื่นชอบ, ชื่นชม
tranquility – a state of being quiet and peaceful ความสงบ, ความเงียบสงบ

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