(Update 2024) Describe a traditional product in your country IELTS Cue Card

Describe a traditional product in your country

Describe a traditional product in your country
Describe a traditional product in your country

Cue card

You should say:
– What it is
– When you tried this product for the first time

– What it is made of

– And explain how you feel about it

Sample answer 1

Well, I think zongzi is a traditional product in my country we have it every dragon ball festival. I first tried it when I was a kid. We all went to grandparents house for the festival at that time and my grandma made zongzi by herself.

She first mixed the meat and the sticky rice together and then she used the leaves to wrap them up and then a string to tie them up. So it was like a huge dumpling and then we boiled them in the water and when they were ready we removed the leaves and then ate it. It tasted very soft and sticky.

There were different kinds of flavors. You could put different stuffings like salty pork or soybeans. I really like the sweet ones and I remember at that time my grandmother also told me something interesting about this food. Actually, it was originated from a legendary story about a man called quyuan who was a minister in Asian china at that time when he heard that his country was defeated by another.

He was so devastated that he drowned himself into miluo river and local people made zongzi at that time, and threw them into the river in order to keep his body from the fish. So then we have the dragon ball festival to commemorate this great man today. We celebrate this festival by having zongzi and having boat race on the river. So I think zongzi is very traditional and it’s a symbol of Chinese history and culture.

Sample answer 2

Well, speaking of a traditional product in my country, the first one that comes into my mind is MOUTAI liquor, a world -famous Chinese Baijiu.

Moutai liquor is the core product of Kweichow Moutai Group., which is often presented as a gift to foreign guests during international visits, exchanges and other important events.

How is it made? The process of brewing this traditional liquor is time-consuming and complicated. It will firstly go through 9 cycles of steaming raw materials and 7 processes of liquor production. And then new sorghums and herbs are added, which allows us to improve the quality of the liquor. The whole process often takes 6 to 12 months to complete and the liquor are sealed for at least 5 years before being packaged and sold on the market.

As for where I have see this product, well, you know I actually made a trip to Guizhou where Moutai industrial park is based in. Moutai company has, you know, like a workshop for visitors to experience the brewing process. The staff there explained the whole making process while we were watching some their workers operating such flow. Although I just watched some of it, it was really amazing.

Describe a traditional product in your country sample video

Part 3

1. Why are traditional products important?

Sample answer 1: I suppose there are two main reasons. Traditional products are normally handed down from generation to generation. People rarely use chemicals or other dangerous substances when making items, which is eco-friendly and beneficial to our life. Traditional products are a constant reminder of slow and green life. Another reason is that traditional products help us understand the history of the people who made them and their significance. Each culture has its products. For maintaining culture these types of products are really very important since people may come to know different things from them.

Sample answer 2:Well, I believe there are a couple of reasons why traditional products are important. They preserve the whole making process of some important traditional products and they have an educational purpose for many young children who want to learn about the country’s culture. Like, besides MOUTAI liquor we have in China, there are tons of traditional products that could have cultural and meaningful purposes, like Qipao, a traditional outfit that is made with dedicate embroidery. And many females wear this traditional clothes in important occasions to represent traditional Chinese elements.

2. Do you think tradition is important for a country? Why?

Sample answer 1: I think most traditions are important for a country. Traditions can be regarded as a part of the culture and the history, Each country must have its own traditions that can represent its race to the world. In today’s civilized world, having traditions is quite significant. Nowadays, we find various races of people and their different traditions, which contributes to the diversity of our world. Of course, some traditions may not be suitable for social development, so they become less important and gradually disappear.

Sample answer 2: Well, traditions are essential for a country, as it is a physical representation of a country’s cultural essence. They could be in many forms. In Vietnam, we have traditional brewing techniques passed from our ancestors from a thousand years ago, embroidery that represents the advanced weaving skills dating back to ancient times and traditional Vietnamese festivals, like the Spring Festival or The Dragon Boat Festival for people to experience and remember some of our great people in the past in such vibe. So yeah, it is really important for a country to have its traditions.

3. What are the traditional Vietnamese products?

There is a wide variety of traditional products in Vietnam as we have a history of about 5,000 years. Those products include food, daily necessities, crafts, herbs, etc. For example, Vietnamese people eat some special food on different occasions, such as dumplings on New Year’s Day and moon-cakes on Mid-Autumn Festival. Also, tea is a popular drink for many people. In addition, Vietnamese herbs are commonly used to make dishes, preserve health, or treat illness.

4. Why is it important for children to learn about traditional products?

Sample answer 1: It is significant because learning about traditional products can help children develop a bond with their cultural identity. Children have an inquiring mind and they tend to be easily influenced by the latest fashion. Traditional products can give children a sense of belonging, first to their family, then perhaps to the community and their country. As social species, this is an essential step for children to feel they belong to a group, by understanding what this group is.

Sample answer 2: From what I just mentioned, I think traditional products serve as an educational purpose. Children get the meaning behind those traditions and learn about the history of our country by seeing or touching the real stuff. At the same time, they have a chance to make something by their own hands. This should improve their hands-on ability as well.

5. Do you think it’s important for (some) people to learn how to make traditional products in schools and/or in the home?

Yeah, I believe so. People who particularly learn how to make traditional products will have a better understanding of the culture and better hands-on skills as well. By the way, there is a trend now in China that products with traditional Chinese elements sell well online. This not only helps promote our traditional cultures to the whole world, but also provides jobs to people with good hand-making ability.

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