Cue Card # 3: Describe an interesting tradition in your country

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card # 3

Describe an interesting tradition in your country.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • how old it is
  • do the people in your country follow this tradition

and explain how you personally feel about this tradition.

[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:
Thank you sir/madam, for this nice candidate task card topic. Though I am originally from China, I currently live in the UK. Having lived in China for more than 18 years, I have had great exposure to various Chinese traditions and among them, some are quite interesting and unique. China, as a large country with a huge population, has some really unusual traditions that people in other countries would think distinctive, and sometimes strange.

One such tradition is that ’Chinese men carry handbags’, and China has the highest percentage of male handbag careers in the world. I am sure people who are not accustomed to seeing men carrying handbags of various colours and designs, would find it really peculiar.

Traditionally men have to carry a large amount of money, and cheques are not widely used in China. This is why men need to carry handbags in our country. The highest denomination of Chinese yen is hundred and that is why business people need to carry such bags to take large wads of cash. Also, Chinese men cheerfully carry their wife’s handbags and purses.

I am not sure exactly how old this custom is but I believe this must be at least several hundred years old. I often wondered what western tourists think when they see that Chinese men carry colourful handbags as Western women do! Top brands like Gucci and Prada should target these Chinese men and expand their business market in China, and who knows maybe they have already targeted them!

Yes, most of the Chinese men follow this tradition and it has a practical purpose than its fashion value.

As a Chinese, I find it quite natural. In fact, before I left China, I thought men in other countries also carry handbags but after I reached the United Kingdom, I realised that this is not the case. I personally believe that there is nothing wrong in carrying a handbag when it has many practical utilisations. However, men in most of the countries find it hilarious and funny. As a Chinese, I respect this tradition, nevertheless.

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