Learning a language… whilst chronically ill – JAPANESE 日本語 PT. 2

Hey my Lovelies,

Last year I posted my first language learning blog – Learning a language… whilst chronically ill – JAPANESE 日本語 PT. 1 and spoke about why and how I began to start learning Japanese. In this post I’m going to speak some more about my self-teach Japanese language learning.

This is just simply a way to show everyone how I began to ‘study’ Japanese language whilst battling chronic illness, hence the title – ‘Learning a language… whilst chronically ill’. This is also going to be a series where I occasionally post updates of my progression as a chronic illness warrior learning a language. Hope you enjoy!




Japanese writing – Studying in bed

HIRAGANA STUDY - Laura Spoonie

During winter/spring of 2017/2018, whilst bed bound I motivated myself to do some hiragana study. Japanese has three main writing systems; Kanji, Hiragana and Katakana. I set myself some more challenges to learn the writing and pronunciation. My main goal was to actually write lines of Hiragana and Katakana in order to memorise these writing systems.

Kanji study is where it gets real hard! I have a book where I write all the kanji that I learn, the hiragana writing and then the english meaning. After writing each one I then colour code it.

Pink: Kanji

Blue: Hiragana/Katakana

Green: English

In order to learn, you basically need a really good memory. As I have neurological disorders and cognitive issues this makes learning a new language… Interesting haha

Surprisingly I have been able to remember more than I even imagined I could, now I just have to re-cap and expand on what I already know.


Where I am with Japanese

The Samurai's Garden - Patricia Kiyono - Laura Spoonie
The Samurai’s Garden – Patricia Kiyono

As it stands, I haven’t been doing any self-study for quite a few months now. I’ve fallen out of the routine, something I find difficult is to keep a routine especially as chronic illness and mental illness is so unpredictable. I will get back into it, as I do enjoy language learning and it actually gives me something positive to do, when I have enough energy to do it.

Are you learning a language (attempting to learn) ?


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4 thoughts on “Learning a language… whilst chronically ill – JAPANESE 日本語 PT. 2

  1. So. Impressed you’re learning Japanese. I know “artegato” but not how to write it. As always I admire your positive outlook and strategy for pursuing joy. In this case of learning. Rebecca

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  2. Hi Laura, I’m nominating you for the Mystery Blogger Award for your excellent blogging. Congratulations! Here are five questions for you as a nominee:

    What do you like most about blogging?
    What is your favorite genre to read? (mystery? ; )
    First drafts – pen or keyboard?
    What inspires your writing, art, or photography?
    Funny question: Lime jello or coconut flan for dessert?

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