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. After a two-year hiatus, I 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 Language and Marketing Coordinator at Kwiziq (the company behind my co-branded site Progress with Lawless French) since 2015.
I speak fluent French; conversational Spanish; and a smattering of Italian, Greek, and 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.
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 write about other topics at Lawless Spanish, e Learn English language, and The Veggie Table (vegetarian recipes and info). I also do some freelance work as a translator (French –» English and Spanish –» English), proofreader, and webmaster.
I am the author of several books on language, including Intermediate French for Dummies.
Though it’s certainly not required, I’d be very grateful if you would consider supporting this site.
Please post your questions about French on the Lawless French forum.
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.
I love meeting my readers IRL, so if you’re coming to Guadeloupe, drop me a line and we can grab a coffee! 🙂