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¡Hola! My name is Laura K. Lawless, and I am a virtual Spanish teacher.
 
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Spanish languageLife Story
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. After that, I lived in Morocco for 2½ years, rural Pennsylvania for 4, Costa Rica for 9 months, and France for 5 years, before finally settling in Guadeloupe.
 

Spanish language Interests
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, biking, movies, and reading - especially chick lit.
 

Education
I began attending Knox College in 1991, 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.
 

Professional Experience
I started studying French in 1987 and Spanish two years later. I've traveled to Spain several times, as well as Mexico and Costa Rica. I've worked as a freelance translator for several years and taught Spanish and French at an adult education center for over a year.
 

Spanish language Skills
I speak fluent French, conversational Spanish, and pidgin Darija (Moroccan Arabic). I am a terrific cook (if I do say so myself), very computer literate, and a certified Adult Education teacher in the State of California. I can type about 85 words per minute (if you allow me the backspace key for typos), read a novel in an afternoon, "mirror-write" with both hands at the same time, and wiggle my eyebrows separately. ;-)
 

Spanish languageOther Information
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 husband speaks fluent Mexican Spanish which he learned by working with Mexicans, while I speak school-taught Castilian, so between the two of us we have a pretty good range of Spanish.

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:

  1. The Everything Kids' Learning Spanish Book
  2. The Everything Kids' First Spanish Puzzle and Activity Book
  3. The Everything Spanish Verb Book
  4. Intermediate French for Dummies
  5. The Everything French Phrase Book
  6. The Everything French Verb Book
  7. The Everything French Grammar Book

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This site was launched as All Info About Spanish Language in 2001. The name changed to e Learn Spanish Language in 2006.

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