Describe a large company in your country that you are interested in


This IELTS speaking test includes questions about:
  • where you live
  • your home in the future
  • public transport
  • hats & coats
  • a large company that interests you
  • international companies
  • employee working conditions & benefits
  • preferences: small company or big company

IELTS Speaking Test Part 1

Can you tell me about the home you live in now?

Yes, it’s an apartment near the city center. I’m sharing it with another couple of people. It’s about a 15-minute walk from the center, and it’s in a secure neighborhood, in a large apartment complex.

It has several rooms and is very spacious, so we all have plenty of privacy. It’s a really nice place, I was very lucky to find it.

Would you like to live elsewhere in the future?

I’m planning to emigrate to Canada next year, so yes, I would like to live somewhere else in the future. My plan at the moment is to move to Toronto, as I know someone there who can help me get a job.

But, maybe in the future, I’ll choose to live in a different part of the country.

What kind of home would you like to have?

At the moment, I’m not that fussy. I like where I am at the moment. But eventually, I’d like to buy a family home, a large house, you know, somewhere to put down roots and build a life.

If I had to describe it, it would have 3-4 large bedrooms, the usual living and dining rooms a couple of bathrooms and a large garden.

Maybe it would be in a residential neighborhood, or I quite fancy the idea of a big house in the country, on its own land, maybe even a farm or something like that.

But that might be a bit more difficult to achieve in the near future – maybe later in life, it would be something to consider.

What is the public transportation like where you live?

Generally, good. I can walk to the corner of the street and get a bus to most central places.

Of course, there are also taxis and Ubers if you don’t want to use the bus. So, the public transport options are good.

I don’t miss not having a car here. It’s relatively easy to get around.

What aspect of public transport do you least like?

The bus! I really don’t like going on the bus, especially in rush hour because it’s just too crowded. At quieter times of day, it’s okay, and it’s faster going a long distance because of the special bus lanes through the city.

Do people wear hats and coats in your country? Did you used to wear a hat and coat when you were younger?

Yes, in the winter months. It’s essential because it can be really cold at times.

When I was a child I used to have many favorite hats and gloves, and scarves I used to wear. And my favorite coat was a special parka insulated with goose down, which made me feel super cozy and warm even when it was extremely cold.

On what occasions do people normally wear a hat or a coat?

When it’s cold, mainly. Also, when it’s raining, people wear waterproof jackets and coats, as well as hats.

People also wear hats to protect them from the sun in the summer, because it can be quite intense sometimes.

Wide-brimmed hats are popular with women and many young men now wear like baseball caps if they’re dressing casually.

Do you think that people wear hats and coats to be fashionable or for more practical reasons?

Both. Like all clothes, hats and coats are functional; they keep you warm or dry, but obviously like other items of clothing they tend to change in design over time.

Styles that were maybe popular a year ago will not be so popular next season. That’s normal, or at least the trendy or fashionable colors will change from one year to the next.




IELTS speaking Test Part 2

Describe a large company in your country that you are interested in.
You should say:

  • what it sells
  • if it is an international company or not
  • why it interests you
and say how you first learned about this company.


One large company I’m interested in is Uber. Because of all the changes which are happening at the moment.

It has just lost the second round in the Asian continent. The transport platform agreed to sell its operations in the southeast of the region to its Singapore-based competitor, Grab.

According to Bloomberg, the company commanded by Dara Khosrowshahi aims to reduce the global costs of its entry to the Stock Exchange in 2019, in addition to focusing on other markets such as Japan and India.

The arrangement covers all of Uber's businesses in the region, including the UberEATS food delivery unit.

In return, the US company will retain about 27 percent of its rival and its executive director will join the board of Grab.

The big winner with this deal was the Japanese telecommunications company Softbank, investor in several transport companies such as Didi Chuxing in China and Ola in India, which got two seats on the board of directors of Uber.

Asia had not been an easy market for the company. In 2016, Uber had to sell its operations in China to Didi, after a long legal battle.
For Softbank, the focus is on strengthening the business in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Australia.

For its part, Grab continues to grow since its launch in 2012 in Kuala Lumpur. In recent years, it received more than $ 4 billion in investments and, after this operation, obtained a valuation of US $ 6 billion.

This acquisition marks the beginning of a new era. The combined business is the leader in platform and cost efficiency in the region.

According to projections, the transport business in Southeast Asia will move around $ 20 billion in 2025.

Meanwhile, on the Uber side, the deal is expected to double growth plans since it is investing strongly in its products and technology.

Follow up question:

Are there many large companies in your country? Why do you think that is?

Yes, there are a lot, in fact, most of the largest companies in the world have a presence here.

I guess it’s because it’s an important region, and labor and manufacturing costs here are a lot lower than in the US or Europe for example, so it makes sense for them to have manufacturing plants here.

We also have a rapidly developing economy, so it’s a booming consumer market as well at the moment, which has attracted a lot of large foreign companies to invest here and establish a presence.




IELTS Speaking Test Part 3

What are some of the differences between large national companies and international companies in your country?

Apart from the size? Well, national companies usually have a longer history of being in the country, obviously, they were started here.

Most of the large multinational enterprises that are here now have arrived in recent decades, although some of them have been here longer.

Another difference is that some of the large multinational companies manufacture and sell their products here. On the other hand, some national companies mainly export their finished products to other countries because the domestic market is not large enough to support their capacity.

Something else that’s different is that large multinationals tend to have more foreigners working in them than national companies do. They’re also more popular for many young business professionals when it comes to employment opportunities.

They think that if they can obtain a position in an international company, then maybe one day they will have the chance to go and work in another country, or that the promotion prospects will be better than in smaller national company.

Which types of companies generally provide better working conditions for their employees? Are there any other benefits these companies typically provide?

That’s difficult to say because some national companies are really big and are considered to be excellent employers.

But on the whole, I suppose that international companies generally have a reputation for providing better employment conditions, benefits, and long-term career opportunities.

However, they’re also the first to cut jobs when things get tough. They’re less personal, some employees feel like they are just a number rather than an important person for the organization.

It also depends on which part of the organization you work. For example, many professionals working in multinational companies enjoy really good conditions, even though they have a lot of work, and usually a lot of stress also.

But some workers on assembly lines, or in manufacturing plants, might think their conditions are no better than working for a local company.

Would you prefer to work in a small company or a large company? Why would you choose that type of company?

If I had to choose, I would probably go for a large company, at the moment. It’s a better opportunity, to develop my career, learn more, gain experience, and work with experienced professionals.

Later in life, I would probably consider working for a smaller company, if the position was interesting, maybe if I was part of the management team, or something like that.




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