Palace of Westminster, London (Credit: David Iliff, CC by SA 2.5)
The Thames River, London (Credit: David Iliff, CC by SA 3.0)
Lower Manhattan, New York City (Credit: King of Hearts, CC by SA 3.0)
Toronto, Canada (Credit: Martin St-Amant, CC by SA 3.0)
Sydney, Australia (Credit: David Iliff, CC by SA 3.0)

The Sherlock Holmes Cafe is a relaxed virtual setting where you can improve your English communication skills.

With the world's most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, and his companion Dr. Watson as your teachers, you will soon be solving the mysteries of English grammar, verb tenses, idioms, vocabulary, punctuation, and writing style.

Crossword puzzles designed by Sherlock Holmes will test your retention memory of key vocabulary.

Audio tracks attached to the new vocabulary definitions provide you with the opportunity to listen and pronounce new words.

The 8 parts of speech

The 8 parts of speech
Learn all about the eight parts of speech:

- nouns - pronouns - adjectives - verbs - adverbs - prepositions - conjunctions - interjections

Sketch by Sidney Paget for 'The Greek Interpreter' published in 'The Strand Magazine.' September 1893

Verb Tenses

Verb Tenses
- present tenses (simple present, present progressive, present perfect, present perfect progressive)
- past tenses (simple past, past progressive, past perfect, past perfect progressive)

- future tenses (simple future, future progressive, future perfect, future perfect progressive)

Sketch by Sidney Paget for the 'Silver Blaze' published in ' The Strand Magazine.' Dec. 1892

Idioms

Idioms
Incorporate idioms into your speech and writing. E.g., It's raining cats and dogs.

Used when It's pouring rain--that is, when it's raining heavily.

Visual Vocabulary

Visual Vocabulary
Most of us learn visually. Learning with pictures will help you avoid translation and make you think in English.

Audio files linked to the vocabulary will help strengthen your listening skills.

Sketch by Sidney Paget for 'The Man with the Twisted Lip' published in 'The Strand Magazine.' December 1891.

Punctuation & Capitalization

Punctuation & Capitalization
Strengthen your writing skills by learning the rules of punctuation and capitalization.

Writing Style

Writing Style
Master the 4 main types of sentences (affirmative, interrogative, imperative, exclamatory).

Learn how to construct the 4 basic types of sentence structures (simple, compound, complex, compound-complex) to make your writing more effectively.

Quizzes

Quizzes
We use multiple choice questions to strengthen your 'recognition' memory.

We use 'crossword puzzles' to strengthen your 'retention' memory.

Listening Practice

Listening Practice
Each lesson provides audio files for new vocabulary to help you listen to native speakers and improve your spoken English

Learn about culture

Learn about culture
Enjoy the cultural attractions of London and from places around the world.

The Sherlock Holmes Cafe at 221B Baker Street in London (Credit, Jordan 1972, Wikimedia Commons)

Travel with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson to solve international cases of mystery and intrigue

Become part of the team as Holmes and Watson pursue clues around the world to discover solutions to the mysteries of English grammar.

This innovative approach to learning English provides you with basic communication skills taken from the stories of Sherlock Holmes.

Each lesson focuses on one grammatical point. By the end of the course, you will have mastered the formation and/or use of 150 of the most important points in English grammar.