I replied to this ad:

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Pop Culture Teacher Needed!! (Financial District)

Date: 2010-11-09, 3:45PM EST
Reply to: gigs-vdnjf-2051288870@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]



Sincerely looking for one dynamic individual to teach American pop culture. The student is a foreign-born native English speaker who knows very little about American popular references. Teaching experience highly preferred. Must be social, patient, responsible, funny, and ideally have/had been working as a writer/columnist for a medium size newspaper/magazine. Must be able to meet in Midtown or Downtown Manhattan. Please send qualifications (whatever they are) and pay requirement asap. Serious and relevant inquiry only. Immediate start. 

  • it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
  • Compensation: tbd

PostingID: 2051288870

and received this:

Dear Kesley,

Thank you for your kind submission.


The person I am looking for a tutor for is an intelligent and well-educated young actress. Unfortunately, she was not raised in America and knows nothing about popular references. My sole objective in having these lessons is for her to understand them. I want her to know exactly what is funny and what is not when hearing conversations and reading scripts, so she can intuitively laugh at the right moment, instead of at the “wrong” moment. If this sounds like your expertise, please propose a lesson plan or alike. How would you teach someone who knows nothing about the subject to begin with? How would you teach someone what is funny and what is not and let the person remember?

I look forward to your response. Hopefully we can begin the lesson as early as possible.

Thank you.



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