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No previous experience of Swahili. I am learning as I go, by interaction with local people (slowly).
Quite significant because frustration levels are high and because getting even basic things done can be hard.
I've experienced the first two stages mentioned but I hope that I can skip the third and move into the fourth.
Some levels of respect for the elderly. The greetings rituals. The mostly, warm, friendly and demonstrative nature of the locals.
There is a certain 'Wild West frontier', every-man-for-himself attitude in most local people that is sometimes masked by their friendliness.