Learn English with Sherlock Holmes

Can Sherlock Holmes manage to teach English? The most famous character of the author Arthur Conan Doyle is fascinating and the stories by Doctor Watson have the quality to keep us interested and involved in learning English.

Beginners or advanced?

Even though it will be more difficult for beginners to read real books and watch films (graded books and films are more ideal) there are still many versions of the stories of Conan Doyle, which vary in style, methods and level of difficulty.


Perhaps the most difficult are the books and original stories of Sherlock Holmes. This is because the language used back then was quite formal. You’ll find Sherlock Holmesto download for free from Many Books or from the site which is specifically dedicated to Sherlock Holmes books. If you prefer a hard copy of the book, this can be purchased from amazon.it.

Graded Readers: Sherlock at your level

The ‘graded reader’ small books are so beautiful that you can find them in many libraries (or order them online – see the article that also speaks of Readers). There are also the ‘graded readers’ that reinterpret the stories of Sherlock Holmes. For example Sherlock and the Sport of Kings. Or Sherlock Holmes and the Duke’s Son. Sherlock Holmes short stories. The Return of Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes and the Blue Diamond. And many others, just search for ‘sherlock holmes reader’ on amazon.it.

New Films with Downey Jr. and Jude Law

Recently, the Sherlock Holmes stories have been transformed into two films with Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. They’re more Hollywood than Baker Street, but still fun.

Sherlock Holmes with Christopher Lee

The actor of the movie Dracula plays the role of Sherlock in this film.


The old series from the 60’s.

The DVD with Jeremy Brett

He’s probably the actor who’s mostly associated with the character of Sherlock by us British. In my opinion he plays the role best.

Sherlock: the new TV Series on BBC

A new series by BBC which portrays Sherlock Holmes in our times. Very nice.

Young Sherlock Holmes

A Hollywood film which tries to portray a young Sherlock Holmes.


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