Really? Not really. I've studied French for 5.5 months (and been pretty lazy this past month) but I am at the level of someone who has studied it for 2 years. How do I know this? Because when I did my evaluation at the Alliance Française I was told that I could skip all the beginner classes (of which there are 8, 2 years' worth) and also last night was my last French class and if I had started with the same teacher/course from the beginning, it would have also taken me 2 years to get to this level.