Guest Blogger Interviews #7

Hey my Lovelies,

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by the amazing, Xin over at @TIVP_Official – fellow spoonie blogger & Disability activist. Check it out ☺

The Invisible Vision Project

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to The Invisible Vision Project’s blog, and welcome to another episode of Guest Blogger Interviews #7. Today’s interview is with a lovely chronic illness and mental health blogger, her name is Laura, and her blog is called Laura Spoonie Blogs. Without further ado, let’s welcome Laura and get to know more about her and her blog!

  1. Please briefly introduce yourself.
    Hi all,
    My name is Laura, and I’m in my early twenties.
    Laura = middle name, Spoonie = Someone with a Chronic illness, physical and/or mental.
    I suffer from multiple Chronic illnesses: Fibromyalgia, CRPS, Asthma, to name a few. I’ve also had a long time battle with mental illness and been a young carer since the age of 11.
  2. What are your hobbies and interests?
    My hobbies and interests include art (drawing & painting), listening to music, blogging, being amongst nature.
  3. Name your strengths? And your lacking?

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What is a 'Spoonie'? - Laura Spoonie

What is a Spoonie?

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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.

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