One of the problems I face these days is that while my reading is getting better, my writing skill is still quite limited. When I draft out a sentence, I could not come up with any word that should fit better in a context, and tend to rely on a simple, common word.
I could not come up with any word to mean "good" that might fit better in this context. At least in English, it sounds childish to only use a simple word. Example:
I want to get it.
I would like to obtain permission.
But in Chinese, I could not come up with a word that might fit better in a given context, and thus end up with using many 很好，有，很多，喜欢，etc...
Another situation is when I don't know if a given word is correct in a given context in the first place. Example:
In this case, the first word I came up with to express "raise children" is 养护. But looking at several example sentences in Chinese, I started to feel it is not a proper word to "raise children". Then I changed it to 培育, but still feel it is not a proper word. According to my search on jukuu, the most examples consist of bugs, trees, or abstract things such as 精神 or 关系.
Then I don't get to know which is the correct word to "raise children". I rather want such service as Thesaurus, which gets me a list of synonyms for a given word. But as far as I check it, no such service seems available in Chinese.
So in these cases, how can I know which word is the correct in a given context, or at least get to know a list of similar or related words and check it out one-by-one (which is still daunting but there seems no other way)?