Words, quite literally, say it all.
They are the core elements of any language – the basic units of conversation, communication and connection with others. So knowing a fare amount of words along with basic grammar and reasonable pronunciation will successfully launch you into English-speaking world, right?
Well, not quite…
There is that ‘secret code’, that can’t be ignored by a person who truly wants to communicate in English rather than merely speak it. The code is in word combinations, known as collocations, phrasal verbs and idioms, that although make English difficult for learning, contribute to more efficient and flawless communication.
'Rush hour', 'fall asleep', 'call off', 'get away with' or 'stop to smell the roses' may make no sense at all in direct translation to another language, but are very meaningful to your English-speaking friends, acquaintances and colleagues. The more expressions you recognize and use, the better your chances to sound natural are.