11: Anna Schuessler, Learner and Teacher (Tri-Linguist)

Kit McCarty welcomes Anna Schuessler, a teacher and life-long learner who likes to take deep dives into the study of languages, cultures and retro fashion, aka history bounding. Hear her stories of travel, language and fashion, and her recommended reading list.

Show Quotes

I have always been a reader. Once I started reading I didn’t stop. I love reading. I love finding good stories in any format, be it books, movies, TV shows, video games; and I particularly enjoy stories that are coming from different cultures.

I can keep my joy of life and childlike wonder in adulthood. That doesn’t make me less of an adult or less of a person.

Regardless of what situation you are in, you need to treat people decently. If you do, so many things are going to get smoothed over.

A sign of being a strong woman in China is being able to change your own lightbulb. Yeah, that’s a thing.

There are amazing people who are doing an incredibly difficult job and deserve so much more recognition than they get. Treat them like people, and life will be so much easier. Talk to people, treat people with dignity and you are more likely to get help.

You’ve got to be nice to the people that people tend to not look at. It makes life easier and so much more interesting.

I knew what it felt like to be alone. So if I see someone that is alone, I want to reach out and be there for them.

I love figuring out how languages work. When you understand a language, you are much more able to understand the culture and where a person comes from.

I know you can do this because I have done this. I understand where you are coming from.

Look at people. Listen to them. Learn their stories. Everyone has something that makes them tick. Everyone has different experiences, different cultures–even if you’re in the same city, the same state, or same country. People have different experiences that will lead them to think in a different way. So many of the issues we are seeing right now is because we don’t listen to what other people are saying.


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Recommended Resources

Anything by Jane Austin, especially Persuasion

North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell

Anthropecene Reviewed, John Green 

The Fever King, Victoria Lee

Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery

Patterns of Fashion, Janet Arnold



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