Today, July 26 was a bit of relief for me. Last week, we took our “midterm” examination on Swahili to gauge where we are at after 5 weeks of language study. There was a written and an oral component to the exam worth different scores. On both pieces, I received the grades which would already qualify me for passing the final examination. Although the written component will likely be harder for the final, it’s highly unlikely that I will regress on the oral part. Since I’ve already reached the oral requirement, I feel a little less stressed. But, just a little.