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About the Author
Cynthia Nielsen has a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of North Florida, a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Dallas, and is currently an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Dallas. She is known for her expertise in the field of philosophical hermeneutics (focusing especially on the work of Hans-Georg Gadamer), the philosophy of music, aesthetics, and the philosophy of race. In addition to gardening, she enjoys learning languages and is especially interested in German language and culture.

Street art and the Berlin Wall

In this mini-podcast, we give a brief overview of the Berlin Wall and street art. Enjoy! Show Notes Berlin Street Art History: Where Graffiti Found Home: The Art on the Berlin Wall by Daniel Grither: Thierry Noir (Wikipedia):; Personal website: East Side Gallery (Wikipedia): Alias (Street Artist): Mein Lieber…

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Climate Change and a New Relationship with Nature

In this episode I interview philosophy professor, Dr. David Utsler, who specializes in environmental philosophy. We discuss the recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the flooding in Germany. 

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Nora Krug’s Memoir, Belonging

This podcast discusses Nora Krug’s award-winning graphic memoir, Belonging: A German Reckons With History and Home (Heimat: Ein deutsches Familienalbum). Krug’s book was named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, Comics Beat, Kirkus Reviews, and Library Journal. Links for Further Reading and Viewing New York Times Book Spotlight:…

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Welcome to Tip-Top Deutsch

Tip-Top Deutsch explores German language and culture from an (American) English speaker’s perspective through blog posts, podcasts, interviews, and pedagogical resources for German learners accessible through this website. From Goethe, to grammar tips, to guerilla knitting, our hope is that you will find something here to inspire your love of all things German! Host Cynthia…

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Two Helpful German Online Dictionaries

Having a great dictionary is essential to one’s language-learning journey. There are, of course, many excellent German language dictionaries out there; however, I want to highlight two online dictionaries that I’ve found especially helpful. The first is Linguee.  With this free, downloadable App you can access a wonderful German-English dictionary as well as many other…

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German Articles, Videos, and News To Improve Your German

In this post I want to draw attention to a few German language resources that I use to maintain and improve my German. Once I established an A2 level proficiency, I wanted to find ways to hear, read, and speak German on a regular, if not daily, basis. The good news for those of us…

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