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Sherlock Holmes in The Adventure of the Speckled Band


Sherlock Holmes in “The Adventure of the Speckled Band”

A desperate woman arrives on Sherlock Holmes’s doorstep. She’s trembling with fear as she begs for the help of this brilliant detective. Listen with wonder as Holmes uses his legendary powers of deduction to solve this disturbing case. As you travel into this dark world with Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, can you figure out how the crime was committed?

This great mystery, written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and read by actor Chris Brandon, comes with full notes on vocabulary and style, giving you hours of English practice. Listen to the story again and again until you understand every word and every twist in the plot. Speak along with the audio to improve your pronunciation, rhythm and tone.

Sherlock Holmes stories are great examples of late 19th century English literature. The language is slightly more formal-sounding and with longer sentences than people use in conversation today, but this will give you fantastic practice in understanding complex sentences and classic English writing.

This course also comes with a 10-minute real conversation about the story and also this genre of English literature, between actor Chris Brandon, and DailyStep’s Jane Lawson and Brendan O’Connell. The informal language in this unplanned conversation lets you hear how we really speak – not always with perfect grammar! It is a great contrast to the structured, complex language in the story itself, so this course will help you to understand both styles of English.

This course comes in 2 modules, which will be permanently available to you in a DailyStep Personal Lesson Bank so you can study the course as often as you like. You can also download it as MP3 audio and an e-book.