About Laura K. Lawless
author of Lawless English (formerly e Learn English Language)
I am a native English speaker, born and raised in northern Illinois.
I’ve always had a knack for language. In addition to studying French and Spanish in high school, I took a ridiculous number of English classes, including literature, composition, creative writing, and, of course, grammar (in which I got an A+). Some people are terrified of things like pronouns and parsing sentences, while I not only understand them intuitively, but am very good at breaking them down to help others make sense of them.
I’ve worked as a ghostwriter and proofreader, and have been writing (books and websites) in three languages since 1999.
About my English
English has many variations in grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and spelling. I am an American from the Midwest, and my English, particularly my pronunciation, will reflect that. However, I moved out of the Midwest in 1993, and have since lived in California, Pennsylvania, Morocco, Costa Rica, France, and Guadeloupe, so my accent is no longer truly Midwest – it is a fairly generic American accent.
As a general rule, keep in mind that everything I say on this site and how I say it refers to English as it is spoken in the United States. Whenever possible, I will also point out terms and pronunciations used in other English-speaking regions, particularly England.
I did the older sound files, but the newer ones were done by a man from Pennsylvania who also has a fairly generic accent.
About my copyright
You can freely link to this website and you can print out lessons for your English classes and personal study. You may not copy any text or graphics to your website without my express written permission.
About my tip jar
I provide these resources to you free of charge and with no expectations of reward. That said, if you’d like to thank me with something tangible, please consider buying me a book or making a donation.