“I know a lot of words but I don’t know how to use them.”
That’s a common problem.
I hear it a lot.
The reason why you have this problem?
You learn words “naked.”
Here’s what that means.
A Naked Word
In school they teach you that a word is one piece of information.
Usually that piece of information is the translation.
Other times it’s the definition.
Learn that piece of information, and the school says your job is done.
I disagree strongly.
Rather, every word is a bundle of information.
How do you say the word?
Is the word formal or informal?
Is the word a verb? A noun?
What preposition do you use with it?
What’s the past tense?
When you learn just the translation, you don’t get one half of that information.
Already Bundled Inside
So what’s the solution?
Learn words inside sentences.
A sentence has much of the information you need to use the word correctly already bundled inside it.
Here’s an example.
Let’s say you want to learn the word “bundle.”
Learn the sentence: “Every sentence is a bundle of information.”
And now you know it’s a noun, you need the preposition “of”
Plus, it’s easier to remember a sentence than a single word because sentences are mini-stories and humans are programmed to pay attention to and remember stories.
Crime #6: Learning naked words
Instead, learn words clothed inside sentences.