I never spoke or even heard much Italian before I took this course. I did take French in school, a long time ago. It took me about 6 months to complete Level 1 Italian. I am retired, and maybe it takes me a bit longer to remember everything, but I studied it nearly every day and repeated lessons many, many times. I took every review at the end of each lesson, (say it, write it, know it, quiz, and flashcards). I also wrote every lesson out in English and Italian to help me remember the spellings, accent marks and word sequence. If I were still working, this would have taken me twice as long, so my answer is 6 mo to 1 year for a complete newbie, less for someone who already knows some Italian.