Bonjour ! I’m Laura K. Lawless, creator, writer, editor, and CLO (Chief Lawless Officer) of this free online French learning site. If this is your first visit, take a look at Welcome to Lawless French.
Born and raised in Illinois, I happily escaped to California at the age of 20. I spent 2½ years going to school and working in Monterey and another 3½ working, going to school, and goofing off in San José. I lived in Morocco for two and a half years, then spent four years in Pennsylvania, 9 months in Costa Rica, and 5 years in the South of France, before finally settling in Guadeloupe.
Language is the great love of my life, and computers are in my blood, so the two together are a match made in heaven. I also love traveling, trying new restaurants, cooking, and especially reading. I’m not a big sports person, but I enjoy kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, biking, and dancing.
After graduating from high school, I started attending Knox College, but transferred to Monterey Institute of International Studies after two years, where I received a BA in International Studies, and then completed the first year of MIIS’ translation and interpretation MA program. I later spent a year studying French linguistics and literature at San José State University.
I started studying French in 1987 and Spanish two years later. Before moving to France in 2008, I’d visited on numerous occasions, including 6 weeks in Rouen, two months in Paris, and three months in Toulouse. I worked as a freelance translator for several years and taught French and Spanish at an adult education center for over a year. Simultaneous with some of the above, I’ve been a virtual French teacher since 1999 and have authored several books on language, including Intermediate French for Dummies.
I speak fluent French, conversational Spanish, survival Italian and Greek, and a smattering of Darija (Moroccan Arabic). I’m an eagle-eyed proofreader (except when it comes to my own work) and have a knack for transforming complicated concepts into accessible articles.
I love language, and I love being able to share it via this wonderful tool: the internet. I’m truly delighted to have the opportunity to share my knowledge of and love for the French language with you. My only goal is to create a comprehensive French language resource for students and teachers, and one of the ways I do this is by partnering with extraordinary sites.
I Guided the French language site at About from 1999 until 2014, when I decided to strike out on my own and started writing new and better French lessons than ever before here at Lawless French. I also do some freelance work as a translator
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I’m available for interviews, guest articles, and quotations related to language learning in general and French in particular, as well as the ups and downs of a freelancing expatriate life. Interviews with LKL
I love meeting my readers IRL, so if you’re coming to Guadeloupe, drop me a line and we can grab a coffee! 🙂