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Mean Mail as I Undercut Private English Lessons in Istanbul

The Hobotraveler would be proud, I received some mean mail in my inbox today.

But the mail had nothing to do with Vagabondjourney.com, rather, it was in reference to the advertisements that I have been putting up in various online platforms advertising my services as a private English teacher.
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Wade from Vagabond Journey.com
in Istanbul, Turkey- February 27, 2009
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The cost of English language instruction is astronomical in this city, so, to re-provision my purse, I have been advertising my teaching services at half of the going rate.

I think that I am beginning to make the other private tutors in Istanbul angry.

I received the following message today:

Heu hero,

Charging 12 dollars an hour-what a loser?

From New York you say-was that supposed to make us feel proud.? Learn to spell loser

I read this mail and just chuckled. It is about time I start receiving some hate mail. I have no idea what “Heu hero” means, and I am unsure why this fellow thinks that I need to learn to spell the word loser, nor do I know why he thinks that he should feel proud about my place of origin, but I do know that he is annoyed with me for my attempt at cutting the cost of English instruction in Istanbul.

My advertisement to teach English in Istanbul:

An experienced and certified native English speaker from New York is currently offering lessons to individuals or small groups in Istanbul.

20 Lira/ hour for individuals
30 Lira/ hour for small groups

Please email to set up appointments.

Thank you.

The going rate for an hour of private lessons with a native English speaker in this city is over $25. I am hoping to take in as many students as possible by charging $12.

$12 an hour is a good wage for me, a vagabond. I will work all day long for $12 an hour. I do not care at all that other English teachers are charging twice as much, as I just need to make enough money to get me to Cairo.

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Search for a Job in Istanbul round 3
Round Two
Round One

Mean Mail as I Undercut Private English Lessons in Istanbul

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About the Author:

Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 76 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3048 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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