Blair English is a website that provides a series of free and quick online social and business English vocabulary exercises, which focus on real life business and social situations. Let's say for example that you have an important meeting in English and you want to review or learn new expressions or words which will or could be used. To learn them quickly, you can come to this website and do one of the many business English exercises on meetings.
The focus is on real life business and social situations. You will learn up-to-date English vocabulary which is practical and is used in both business and social situations. The exercises are designed by native teachers and are context based, which will help you both understand and learn the vocabulary quicker and (more importantly) remember it.
I created Blair English to help people both learn and say English and business vocabulary by themselves without the need to have a teacher to help them.
It's very easy, simply click on one of the section icons in the 'Exercise Menu' (called 'exercises' in the menu). For example, if you click on Meetings, this will take you to a web page which contains all of the free English exercises we have for meetings. Each exercise has a title (for example, Meetings: Agreeing and Disagreeing) and a short description of the aim of the exercise (for example, Introduces phrases to agree and disagree with people). Click on the exercise which you want or need and then start.
Each exercise has been designed for a specific English level (e.g. intermediate, upper-intermediate etc...). To find what the level of the exercises are, go to a section menu (e.g. meetings, food & drink etc...) and the level of each exercise is shown under its exercise name/title.
To learn both how to do the online vocabulary exercises on Blair English and how to use all the extra features in the exercises (e.g audio recordings, pronuncitaion speaking test etc...), go to 'how to do the online exercises' web page.
In addition to the online exercises, you can also find some articles on the website. Some of these articles are for students who want to improve their English. They are written in simple English and contain advice/tips on how to do things (like write a business email or choose an English course). Click here to see the articles for students.
There are also some articles for teachers who teach English as a second language. These articles give tips and advice on how to teach English better. Click here to see the articles for teachers
My name is Chris Clayton and I am the owner and main writer of the exercises and articles on blairenglish.com. I am an English teacher based in Madrid and have been teaching English as a foreign language here since 2006. In this time I have taught thousands of students a variety of different types of English for a number of different companies. For the past 7 years I have been working as a part-time teacher at English in Action, one of the most respected English academy's in the South of Madrid.
Before I started teaching English I spent many years working in business for a variety of companies (e.g. Halifax Bank, Acorn Stairlifts etc...). And before that, I studied and obtained a degree in Economic History and Geography from the University of Birmingham in England.
I first started this website back in 2010 to help my students to learn English vocabulary by themselves at home. And I use the material from this website with my own students.
Although this website is my own creation and I do most of the work, I have to thank Patricia, Mark, Bill and Tim for all the help and writing that they have done and contributed over the years.
If you have any questions about Blair English or suggestions of topics for new exercises, send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org