Cue Card # 94: Describe a traditional product you bought

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card # 94

Describe a traditional product of your country that you have ever bought.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • how it is made
  • how much it cost you

and explain why you decided to purchase this traditional item.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer:

Every country has its own traditional products and conventional ways of using these products. My country, Bangladesh, has them too in abundance. Today, I would like to discuss one such product, in as much details as possible, which I bought a while ago for my family.

The name of this traditional product is “Belna” (which, in pure English, could be called a “flat circular rolling board” made out of wood) and “Chakti” (which can be called a “rolling pin”, also made out of wood). Although they are seemingly two different tools, they would need to be used in combination with each other to make something we call “roti” (in plain English, which can be called as “round flatbread”, usually made from wheat flour. Apart from making traditional bread for breakfast, usually, they may also prove out to be very useful when we need to make traditional “pitha” (or “cakes” in plain English).

As I have already mentioned earlier, they are rather simple tools, and as such, they don’t really require must time, efforts or materials to be made. All you need to make them is some solid piece of seasoned woods, and a pair of strong arms of a carpenter with his tools. Usually, the carpenter would cut the wood in a ’round’ size, which could be an inch or more in thickness, and then polish it as much as it is possible. The carpenter would also need to add a few legs underneath the circular board to help it stand up properly. As for the rolling pin, we need to polish up a piece of wood that is a little longer than one foot and about 5 centimetres in diameter, depending on your convenience. By the way, they don’t really cost that much. Sometimes, they may even cost as low as 200 taka (about two and a half dollars).

Anyway, I purchased this traditional product because the old ones were actually wearing down because of using them for too long. Besides, as my mother has told me, they were not actually that convenient to use because of their small size.

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