March 2022: Study Progress

Hello everyone! 

With March behind us, I wanted to share my study progress over the course of the month and provide some updates. 

As always, I'm using a Notion template to keep track of my studies. Feel free to check it out here! This template has really been a godsend when it comes to keeping me motivated and organized.

I started off the month doing some work with a Swahili grammar textbook and workbook my friend sent me. 

I think it's a fairly good book for beginners from what I've seen, and a much more 'recent' take on teaching Swahili than some of the free PDFs I've been able to find online. If you're just getting into Swahili and are interested, the book looks like this! 


I started completing more Duolingo stories and did a bunch of French stories in the beginning of the month. I had used Duolingo a bit previously, but over the past month it has become my resource of choice for French practice outside the classes I take at university. My progress is fairly slow though, I'm doing everything from the beginning because I like seeing everything gold.

Duolingo also offers a Swahili course, and I've gotten the first 3 sections to level 5 'Gold' level during the course of March.

This month, I focused less on Japanese and more on French. I managed to only do one chapter of my Integrated Approach textbook, so this month I want to do at least 1 or 2 more chapters since I'm near the end. 

I'm trying to figure out how best synthesize all the information I'm getting from the textbook, because the later chapters are a lot more challenging. I'm not sure if flashcards are the best way or simple note taking, but any advice is welcome!

At the end of the month, you may have noticed Arabic is now back in the mix. 

I know, I know, I said I was done with Arabic and doing Swahili now, but I got reeled back in and this time it's actually sticking! I managed to get Alphabet levels 1 to 4 to Gold status on Duolingo, and I'm starting to read and write my first words. So for now, Swahili goes on the back burner.

I'm going to write the things I learn down in a notebook to help practice writing, and also because the words I'm learning are quite difficult. For some languages, I can see some faint resemblance when I look at words, or get a 'vibe' about their meaning once I hear it, but Arabic is not one of those languages.

I'm adding a new section to my study report: my goals!


- Finish IA Chapters 13 and 14
- Gold level Arabic Descriptions 1 and 2
- Learn more of the Arabic alphabet

Thanks for reading my study progress and I hope to see you again next month!