About LKL

Laura K Lawless

Buongiorno! I’m Laura K. Lawless, creator, writer, editor, and CLO (Chief Lawless Officer) of this free online Italian learning site. If this is your first visit, take a look at Welcome to Lawless Italian.

Life 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. 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 (during which I visited Italy about 20 times), 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.

How’s My Italian?

I always managed to get by quite nicely during the several months total I spent in Italy before creating this site, including Venice, Milan, Turino, Genoa, Bologna, Florence, Siena, Rome, Naples, Monopoli, and Tropea – as well as many, many small towns in between. (I’ve also taken several week-long cooking classes in various places.) Yet, I had never actually studied the Italian language, other than a single session with a beginners’ group which was just too boring to continue.

The problem is that because I speak French and Spanish, I can pick up new Italian vocabulary and grammar in moments, so a traditional classroom doesn’t work for me. In the summer of 2022, I took private classes in Sardinia and Sicily and my Italian improved exponentially.


I speak conversational Italian and Spanish, fluent French, basic 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.

Other 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 Italian language with you. My only goal is to create a comprehensive Italian language resource for students and teachers.

I write about other topics at Lawless French, Lawless Spanish, Lawless English, and The Veggie Table (vegetarian recipes and info).

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