How long would it take to get to A1?
How long would it take me to get to A1 level in Spanish? I've never learned another language before, and i'm not even sure how fluent A1 is.
A1 is very basic. You can't converse but you would be able to communicate basic needs and express basic information about yourself in present tense. Having said that, the DL tree gets you about to A2, which is still not fluent or conversational but you will know enough to be dropped naked and penniless in a spanish speaking country and you'd be able to survive. I suggest going through the tree and then taking a free cefr test online.
34 hours. A1 is not very fluent though. See here:
Where did you get 34 hours? Your link says 75 for German, 60-100 for French and 180-200 for A2 in English (about the same as German and French). I doubt Spanish is that much easier.
I got 34 hours from that Duolingo study about 34 hours being equivalent to one college semester.
But you're right. Spanish is a bit easier than German or French for English speakers, so call it 60-75 hours.
That a a 'how long is a piece of string' sort of question -- much depends on one's effort, background, ability (some people take a semester of Spanish and learn very little). A1 is very basic.
. . . And some people live abroad in México or Japan and don't reach fluency within a year.
Take a placement test now. Here's one: www.spanish-test.net
Then finish the tree, and take it again. You should be A1 for sure and maybe A2.
You can also take the duolingo progess quizes, but they only give you an abstract number (3.5/5 or something like that) and won't answer your question if you are A1 or not.