Reading the newspaper in Spanish requires advanced skills in the language, which typically take 480 to 720 hours of training to develop, according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. However, the amount of time it takes varies depending on the person and his study methods.
For most adults, becoming fluent enough in Spanish to read and write takes a few years. Those who study it consistently can achieve fluency much more quickly. Focusing strictly on reading Spanish can speed up the learning process.
The ACTFL considers Spanish a Group 1 language, making it one of the languages that takes the shortest amount of time to learn. In 480 hours, a person with superior aptitude for the language can attain an advanced middle level of proficiency.