Collocations, Not Vocabulary
A collocation is a set phrase in a language that is often said but might not always be so intuitive. In other words, it might not be so easy to guess without having heard it before.
Don’t Study Vocabulary Lists
This is a controversial statement, but if you think about it, it makes sense.
English (or any language) is not just a series of words. It’s a series of phrases.
It’s much better to learn the phrase “I need to take a shower”, rather than learning all the words individually and trying to think which ones fit best.
“Take” is not an obvious choice for this sentence, so if you didn’t know this collocation, you would probably never guess to use “take”!
This is the best way to speed up your English speaking and stop pausing.
To fall in love – To develop feelings of love for someone
To face the truth – To accept reality
To come clean – To tell the truth and stop lying
To stretch the truth – To exagerrate what happened
To take issue with something – To have a problem with something