I finished the @languagetransfer 's Swahili course today and started reading a novel with a dictionary right away. First four pages took two hours! 😓 But I understood the main points of what was happening and mostly also who was doing what!
I'll expect this to get a lot faster soon.
(The book, by the way, is Sauti Ya Kevin by Alfred Shemweta, the only Swahili novel in our local library.)