About Us

We are Tim & Jodi Sherwood, Americans enjoying the opportunity to live in the gorgeous city of Istanbul, Turkey. We’ve been here since the summer of 2014 and have no plans to leave.

Tim obtained his CELTA (Cambridge English Language Teaching to Adults) Certification in 2013 after spending 20 years working with youth in various teaching capacities.

Jodi spent 10 years working in a cubicle for an American insurance company in the areas of training, distance education and video — and relishes the idea of never returning! She has spent the last 5 years working with a Spanish NGO producing promotional videos.

Every day as we’re out and about in Turkey we run into people who would love to learn English, but don’t have the time or money for an expensive course, and are looking for something more professionally planned and developed than the flood of free stuff on the internet. Additionally, we have family and friends back in the United States working closely with refugees who want to learn English, but are faced with government-subsidized classes taught by non-native speaking teachers.

We started englishfor.us because we want to offer an English learning environment that is reasonably priced, professionally developed, and suitable for the modern learner. The vast majority of our videos are 5-minutes or less, so that you can watch whenever you have time — at home, on the bus, or waiting in line at the bank.

And don’t forget a little humor! We’ve studied Russian and Spanish in the past and are currently working on Turkish, and we understand what it feels like to start from scratch — anything to liven up the endless grammar lectures and vocabulary lists is helpful!

We’re glad you’re here!