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Verbum - Professional Language Services

Translation Services

Verbum provides high quality translation services especially for business needs. The translations are carried out and the projects managed by professionals who have years of experience in the fields concerned. High quality and meeting agreed deadlines are guiding principles in our work.

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Language Training

Verbum organizes customised language training for companies. The teaching content and schedules are adapted to the client’s and the participants' objectives and needs.

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Verbum Language Services Ltd

PK-Koulutuskeskus Oy, which had focused on company training since 1994, spun off its business translation services and language training into a separate company, Verbum Language Services Ltd in 2010.

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Elementary level (1-2)

The aim of the elementary-level course is to acquire the basic skills in both written and spoken Finnish used in everyday life.

Contents:

  • Vocabulary: numbers, time, places, describing people and things
  • Speaking:  greetings, good-byes, requesting items and services at shops, restaurants, doctor appointments etc.
  • Structures:  verb types and tenses, noun types and cases (basic, partitive, genitive and local cases) and sentence types (subject-verb-object, possessive, necessity, predicative)

Intermediate level (3-4)

The aim of the intermediate-level course is to improve the skills learned at the elementary level. The skills are practised through speaking and writing. The knowledge of Finnish culture deepens.

Contents:

  • Vocabulary:  basic concepts of society, culture, politics, work related topics
  • Speaking and writing: personal interests, familiar topics, current news and events
  • Structures:  passive, conditional, infinitive and participle verb forms, noun cases (essive, translative, abessive) and comparative & superlative adjectives and adverbs

Advanced level (5-6)

At the advanced level, the participants already have a good knowledge of the Finnish grammar and a wide vocabulary. The learning material is adjusted to their specific needs. In this phase, the participants can decide whether to concentrate on speaking, writing or comprehension.

Contents:

  • Vocabulary:  culture, politics, current events, complex issues at work
  • Structures: use of  the infinitive and participle in different structures
  • Speaking and writing: context-related tasks

Communication: presentations, writing documents for work or various formal purposes, etc.

 

 

 

 



Presentations

The participants learn how to conduct clear and effective presentations that draw the attention of the audience. The teachers will give feedback and guidance on linguistic aspects, style, speaking tone, and the use of presentation tools.

Email Communication

The participants will learn how to use email effectively.

Contents:  email etiquette, correct expressions, proper forms and tones, punctuation, abbreviations, cultural differences, and dealing with complaints and problem situations.

Telephone communication

The participants will learn phrases and expressions required in telephone communication and practice a large variety of telephonic situations to gain confidence in both formal and informal telephone communication.

Accounting terminology

The course focuses on basic professional English terminology of the financial sector. The participants will learn to understand key accounting terminology and apply it to practice. The training sessions focus on both written and oral language skills and include a lot of practical exercises.

Financial statements terminology

This one-day course focuses on English language terminology related to the preparation of financial statements, with emphasis on IFRS terminology. The course is designed for accountants, controllers, CFOs, and other members of the personnel involved in the preparation of the financial statements.

 

 

 

 


The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (CEFR) is a guideline used to describe achievements of learners of foreign languages across Europe, put together by the Council of Europe. The six reference levels (see below) are becoming the European standard for grading an individual's language proficiency.

A1
Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

A2
Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

B1
Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

B2
Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

C1
Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

C2
Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.

 

 

 

 


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