The weather is getting colder, the days shorter – for me the perfect time of the year to pick up a book and snuggle up in a comfy chair. And for some strange reason, I love to read literature classics in late autumn / winter.
Don’t ask me why 😀
(As usual words in italics are explained at the bottom of this post)
Book quotes usually really inspire me to read! Just today I stumbled upon Shanthi Cumaraswamy Streat’s latest post quoting Sherlock Holmes. Now I know which book to read next 😀
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes is probably the world’s most famous detective in literature.
When I think of Sherlock Holmes, rainy London streets, horse carriages and drawing rooms come to mind. So for me, reading Sherlock is as much about the detective as it is about conjuring up images of a London long gone.
The original novels can be quite difficult to read for learners of English, that’s why I did some research and found some easier versions for you to read:
- The Speckled Band: Four Sherlock Holmes Stories. (Fremdsprachentexte) (with some German translations)
- 7. Schuljahr, Stufe 2 – Sherlock Holmes – Neubearbeitung: Short Stories. Reader: 700 Headwords (Oxford Bookworms ELT) (Beginner, no German translations)
- Three Adventures of Sherlock Holmes & MP3 Pack (Penguin Readers (Graded Readers)) (Beginner / intermediate, no German translations, but contains audio [MP3]
- Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four, w. Audio-CD (Dominoes) (Intermediate, no German translations, but contains audio CD)
- Sherlock Holmes 6-Book Boxed Set (Collector’s Library) (Original versions!)
Find out more about the advantages of easy readers here.
Vocabulary (in order of appearance)
- pick up: (here) to take hold of something and lift it
- snuggle up: (here) to get into a warm and comfortable position
- comfy: informal English, short for comfortable
- stumble upon: (here) to come across, to find
- carriage: (here) a horse-drawn passenger vehicle
- drawing room: old fashioned English, it is a room specially for entertaining visitors
- conjuring up: to create a picture of something in your mind
And if you don’t know Shanthi Cumaraswamy Streat’s blog yet, go and have a look! Her blog offers a lot of useful tips for language learners!