Hi my name is Natalie ... I was wondering how long it took anyone to go from complete beginner to confortable and able to communicate
Natalie, don't look for a timeframe. Everybody is different. Some take three months, some take years and there are many other factors at play. By setting a timeframe, you may become disappointed.
I have been learning French on and off for sometime. It's only within the last year that I've taken it seriously. I'm able to hold a conversation, but I have moments when I'm not comfortable. It happens.
You have to have no fear of making of mistakes. You have to realise there isn't always a short easy solution. If you accept that, then you'll succeed.
Finally, I am wondering why have Dominic and Louis Martin been 'down voted' by others?