After that, I have to find the equivalences for these combinations of words [collocations] in English. A dictionary of collocations may really come in handy here. However, keep in mind that a dictionary won’t have everything. Try also a book on collocations.
Whichever you have, look up the word ‘coffee‘ and check the words that combine with it: “drink coffee” [beber café], “have coffee” [tomar café], “make coffee” [fazer/preparar café], “spill coffee on the floor” [derramar café no chão], “instant coffee” [café instantâneo], “fresh coffee” [café fresquinho], “milky coffee” [café com leite], “white coffee” [café com leite], “weak coffee” [café fraco], “strong coffee” [café forte], “a mug of coffee” [uma caneca de café], “a cup of coffee” [uma xícara de café].
This will surely help you to have the right words in the right moment. You’ll also know exactly what to say because you’ll have the right combination of words [collocation] and won’t have to stumble for words so often. That all means better fluency in English!
If you speak Portuguese [or are learning Portuguese] you’ll learn a huge of collocations in the book “Combinando Palavras em Inglês: seja fluente em inglês aprendendo collocations” [Ed. Elsevier/Campus]. Well, that’s it for today! See ya tomorrow.