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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.

B2 Vokabeln: GefÜhle, Gesundheit, Arbeitsplatz

Hier finden Sie einige Wörter und Phrasen auf B2-Niveau zu den Themen: Gefühle, Gesundheit und Arbeitsplatz. Das wäre doch was für uns! That would be something for us! in der Menge untergehen to get lost in the shuffle Es geht oft in der Alltagshektik unter. It often gets lost in the hustle and bustle of…

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B2 Vokabeln: Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft

For those preparing for the Goethe Institut B2 Prüfung here are some words that I have “collected” that relate to the topics of Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft. (I have been working through a B2 GI online self-paced course, and these are the words from one section of the course that I either had to look up…

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B2 Vokabeln: Beziehungen

Here is another B2 vocabulary list I created for people studying for the B2 exam. The topic is relationships. Have fun! die Beziehung relationship es geht rund um . . . It is about. . . ; it is all about . . . die Zusammenfassung summary verzichten to forgo; give up; renounce; do without…

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A (Very) Brief Look at Angela Merkel’s Chancellorship

As a Merkel-led Germany comes to a close and a new beginning is on the horizon, it seems fitting to take a brief look at Merkel’s life and political career. In this episode we discuss select moments Angela Merkel’s life and career, highlighting both her accomplishments and shortcomings.

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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: https://berlinstreetart.com/street-art-history-berlin-wall-graffiti/ The Art on the Berlin Wall by Daniel Grither: https://www.thecollector.com/art-on-the-berlin-wall/ Thierry Noir (Wikipedia): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thierry_Noir; Personal website: https://thierrynoir.com/ East Side Gallery (Wikipedia): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Side_Galleryhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Side_Gallery Alias (Street Artist): https://urban-nation.com/artist/alias/ 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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