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He learns words in regards to "things" first, just like a baby. The words; fire. milk, bread, wood, and people's names are exactly like the first words a baby would learn. Example; where's the light; where's daddy; do you want bread? They're all nouns........... all naming words that have physical presence.
"By degrees I made a discovery of still greater moment. I found that these people possessed a method of communicating their experience and feelings to one another by articulate sounds. I perceived that the words they spoke sometimes produced pleasure or pain, smiles or sadness, in the minds and countenances of the hearers."