For example, I wish to state that it's been a long time since I used or studied Spanish, would that be?

Hace muchos años que lo usé

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Your translation is correct however "usé" sounds like if you were talking about an object.

To better express the idea about the knowledge of a language I think you should use verbs like "estudiar" "hablar" o "practicar" i.e.

Hace muchos años que lo estudié, pero no lo he hablado en mucho tiempo. (It's been years since I studied it, but I've not spoken it in a while)

Hace mucho tiempo que no lo hablo/practico. (It's been a long time since I spoke it)

You can also change the order of the sentence :

Lo estudié/hablé hace mucho tiempo

Estudié español hace mucho tiempo.

  • I edited your answer because I've not is not English.
    – Schwale
    Apr 7, 2016 at 12:27
  • The usage I've not is perfectly OK although I was taught as a child only to use it in direct speech. I would query the other sentence though: 'It's been a long time since I spoke it' sounds much better to my ears (as a native of the UK).
    – mdewey
    Apr 7, 2016 at 12:35
  • @Ustanak Since I'm not a native english speaker I just made a search and "I've not" is ok. Thanks anyway for making me doubt. That is how we learn
    – DGaleano
    Apr 7, 2016 at 12:41
  • @DGaleano I asked to my native teacher, don't worry.
    – Schwale
    Apr 7, 2016 at 12:43
  • @mdewey I agree with your comment. It sounds a lot better. Anyway it would be nice to know if "It's been a long time since I don't speak/practice it" is wrong.
    – DGaleano
    Apr 7, 2016 at 12:44

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