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Language acquisition

I have a question for you clever people about acquiring a second language.  

My character is 14-15, and through a bunch of irrelevant circumstances is stranded in a foreign country where literally noone speaks English.  She has a basic knowledge of the language: basic sentence structure, small vocabulary, she can maybe ask where the toilet is and how much for a loaf of bread.  

How long would it realistically take for her to become reasonably fluent?  I read the wikipedia entry on the subject and a couple of articles, but they mostly apply to studying a foreign language in a classroom rather than learning it to function.

Can anyone help?  I suppose I'm most interested in personal experiences.
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