Hi! I would just like to say thank you to Duolingo and everyone in the team.
I've been self-learning German mainly on Duolingo for about a year (tree completed, yes). I managed to pass the A1 exam last February (93/100!) without taking any course whatsoever. Now I am living in Germany, and the hubby wants me to take a course at Goethe Institut to speed up my learning process - after taking the placement test last week, they informed me that I will start at B1.
So I managed to skip A1 - and A2 - thanks to Duolingo.
Thanks again! And for everyone who's just beginning - keep fighting, you can do it!