¡Hola! I’m Laura K. Lawless, creator, writer, editor, and CLO (Chief Lawless Officer) of this free online Spanish learning site.
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. I’ve traveled to Spain several times, as well as Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, and Nicaragua. I’ve worked as a freelance translator for several years and taught Spanish and French at an adult education center for over a year. I’ve been a virtual Spanish teacher since 2001. I speak – and therefore teach mainly – European Spanish (as opposed to Latin American Spanish) on this site.
I speak conversational Spanish; fluent French; 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 Spanish language with you. My only goal is to create a comprehensive Spanish language resource for students and teachers.
I've been teaching French online since 1999, and I also run The Veggie Table (vegetarian recipes and ideology) as well as an English language site. I also do some freelance work as a translator (Spanish –» English and French –» English), proofreader, and webmaster.
I am the author of seven language books:
- The Everything Kids' Learning Spanish Book
- The Everything Kids' First Spanish Puzzle and Activity Book
- The Everything Spanish Verb Book
- Intermediate French for Dummies
- The Everything French Phrase Book
- The Everything French Verb Book
- The Everything French Grammar Book
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This site originally launched as All Info About Spanish Language in 2001. The name changed to e Learn Spanish Language in 2006 and then Lawless Spanish in 2017.
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