Learn English Through Story ★ Subtitles: The Elephant Man (Level 1)


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He is not beautiful. His mother does not want him, children run away from him. People laugh at him, and call him ‘The Elephant Man’.

Then someone speaks to him – and listens to him! At the age of 27, Joseph Merrick finds a friend for the first time in his life.

This is a true and tragic story. It is also a famous film.



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  1. Bath: when you want to wash your body, you sit in a bath full of water
  2. Below: under
  3. Beside: next to
  4. Bible: the most important book for Christians
  5. Box: (in a theatre) a small ‘room’; you can watch the stage from a box, but other people can’t see you
  6. Cab: an old word for ‘taxi’
  7. Card: a piece of paper with your name and address on it (visiting card); or a card with a picture and a greeting on it (e.g. a Christmas card)
  8. Chairman: an important man in the hospital
  9. Cloth: trousers, coats, dresses, etc. are made from cloth
  10. (the) country: not the town
  11. Creature: a living animal
  12. Drop: to let something fall
  13. Editor: the most important person in a newspaper office
  14. Elephant: a very big grey animal with a long nose and big ears
  15. Enormous: very big
  16. Yours Faithfully: you write “Yours Faithfully” at the end of a formal letter
  17. Fingers: you have five fingers on each hand
  18. Fish: fish live in rivers and in the sea
  19. Food: what you eat
  20. Gentleman: a man from an important family
  21. Glass: you drink tea from a cup, you drink water from a glass
  22. Heavy: it is difficult to carry heavy things; 1,000 kilos is very heavy
  23. By himself: nobody was with him
  24. Hip: the place where your leg joins your body
  25. Hole: an empty space or opening in something
  26. Horrible: not nice; people are often afraid of ‘horrible’ things
  27. Kind: nice, good; a kind person often helps people
  28. Knee: the middle of your leg where it bends
  29. Lady: a woman from an important family
  30. Life: your life stops when you die
  31. Lighthouse: a tall building by or in the sea, with a strong light; the lights tells ships that there are dangerous rocks
  32. Like (preposition): not different; e.g. a river is like the sea, because it is made of water
  33. Loudly: with a lot of noise
  34. (His/Her/Your) Majesty: when you speak to a king or a queen, you say ‘Your Majesty’
  35. Marry: to take somebody as your husband or wife
  36. Mirror: a piece of special glass; you can see your face in a mirror
  37. Neck: your neck is between your head and your body
  38. Newspaper: you read a newspaper to know what is happening in the world
  39. Nose: your nose is between your eyes and your mouth
  40. Place: where something or someone is (a room, a house, a town, etc.)
  41. Play: (n) you go to the theatre to see a play
  42. Police: the police help people; they also put bad people in prison
  43. Present: something that you give or get from somebody (e.g. a birthday present)
  44. Prison: a building for bad people; they must stay there and cannot leave
  45. Queen: the most important woman in Britain
  46. Sad: not happy
  47. Scream: to make a loud high cry because you are afraid or angry
  48. Shake hands (past tense shook) to hold somebody’s hand and move it up and down as a greeting
  49. Shopkeeper: a person who has a small shop
  50. Side: the part of something that is not the top, bottom, front or back
  51. Skin: you have skin all over your body; people have different skin colours
  52. Smell (past tense smelt) you see with your eyes; you smell with your nose
  53. Step: a place to put your foot when you go up or down
  54. Stick: a long piece of wood; Merrick walks with a stick
  55. Strange: different
  56. Stream: a small river
  57. Tears: water from your eyes when you cry
  58. Theatre: a building where you go to see plays
  59. Touch: to feel something with your hands
  60. Ugly: not beautiful
  61. Voice: you talk with your voice
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