Things to consider:
- I will talk about Chinese Traditional Products, as I live in China at the moment. You can replace them with products from your own country.
- It is always a good idea to start with a few examples and then talk about one of them. This way you can show your knowledge and vocabulary. You can mention 2-3 different traditional products and then pick a 4th to describe or choose one of the aforementioned and describe that.
- Try to add a description of the product and consider the different ways people use it. You can think of:
- Shape - circle, square, triangle, etc.
- Color - red, black, green, colorful, etc.
- Size - about _____ centimeters, etc.
- Use cases - used for decoration, as a toy, as utensils, as a souvenir, as a gift, for luck, etc.
- Age of people using it - kids, teenagers, young adults, couples, families, mid-aged people, the elder, etc.
- Think about your personal feelings, at the end of the topic. Share your personal opinion about the item and say - Do you use it?, Would you buy it?, How does it make you feel?, Do you love it or hate it?, etc.
Part 2: Sample Answer
Right, so I could think of many traditional, cultural items in my country. From fashion clothing like red and black silk dresses which are still used in weddings to lanterns which can be seen in every city as decoration, and even long-established cooking methods and ways of preparing food, unseen anywhere else in the world. We could talk for days about these, so I’ll pick one to describe, and that would be Chinese porcelain and ceramics.
I begin with a few examples and pick one to describe.
Ceramic products have become famous for centuries in China and all around the world. People used to trade these back in the days, as they were unique to the world. The material used is porcelain, which is basically polished to perfection stone-like material in different colors. The most famous is the white porcelain, and that one is used to create all sorts of beautiful ornaments, tea sets, cups, plates, kitchen utensils, and home decorations. Usually, these items are decorated further with cultural and traditional elements, drawings, and symbols to represent the country and the craftsmanship.
I try to describe the items as much as possible, giving different examples of how they are used.
I’ve seen these products all around the world. In fact, I didn’t know that they originate from China, as I’ve seen them in shops in Russia, Germany, Belgium, and other countries I’ve visited. What’s more, in my family and in general in many families, we have this tradition of buying an expensive tea set with many different pieces and either using it for an afternoon tea or just keeping it on a glass shelf as a decoration. I believe this is a leftover from the 19th century British or French culture.
I talk a little about the world and if they use/know those items.
Anyway, in my opinion, these ceramics are a wonderful representation of a culture and can add a sense of style and sophistication to one’s home. As I’ve absorbed this type of culture, I too want to own an expensive set at some point in my life, which I’ll use or simply put on display for my friends and family to marvel at. It is a great addition to a home, and it makes it a bit more cultural.
I end up with my opinion about the culture and meaning of these traditional items.
Examiner:Why are traditional products important?
- Traditional products can represent a country. When people think about a nation, they usually associate it withcrafts, music, food, or anything else the country is famous for. This can build an international image, bring tourists, prompt respect,and encourage investments, as people fall in love with that particular country.
- In many cases, traditional items, crafts, and food can unite a country, race, or ethnicity. This shared common culture between them, makes them feel like a part of one big family, where they share these common customs and traditions. This also creates a stronger sense of national pride and admiration, which in turn forms a national identity.
Well, they represent the country and the culture. I believe that cultural items can tell us a story and can teach us about a nation and its people. Looking at some items like local traditional food, for example, we can see the way people developed their cooking, the ingredients they used, and the methods they applied to prepare that food. This can tell a story about that culture and its habits. If we don’t have or don’t protect these ideas or traditions, we will end up with a completely globalized food market, and no one wants to see only hamburgers all around us. We need to keep the traditions alive and going.
Examiner:Do you think traditions are important for a country? Why?
- In our generation, it is very easy for a country to lose its sense of uniqueness. With globalization and the introduction of global brands to everyday life, a country could become all about Mcdonald's, Starbucks, and Walmart. Traditions can act as a defense against the loss of uniqueness.
- A country without its own special customs, traditions, and culture can become lost, without any purpose and independent view of the world. This can homogenize the people in that country, acting and behaving as if they belong to another foreign nation, and that could be offputting for those much less interested in that globalized vision. In fact, it could even lead to conflicts.
They are of course. There are many different values and understandings in different societies, and that’s what makes them unique and special. Traditions can be related to religion, food culture, family values, social norms, table manners, business dealings, and many more aspects of life. A country needs to protect and encourage its own culture, in order to keep its identity. That will be very important as the world globalizes because traditions can make a country stand out and be unique. And there a numerous benefits to that. There is space for both international, global values and local customs to coexist together, without getting in the way of one another, and that can make our world truly diverse and special.
Examiner:What are some traditional *Chinese products?
* The question is about China, as I live here at the moment. You can change it with your own country.
- Some of the festivals in China stand out, as there are so many items being made specifically at that time of the year. For instance, during Spring Festival, there are many red-colored products (red is the color for luck) that pop up everywhere in all shops and supermarkets. There are clothes, souvenirs, home decorations, lucky envelopes, you name it.
- There are more traditional items related to other festivals like Mid Autumn Festival, Chingming, and others. Many of those items are actually food crafts that are made specifically at that time. For example, there are mooncakes, shaped in a circle and carved with traditional symbols for Mid Autumn Festival, orZongzi (sticky rice dumplings in a leaf) during Dragonboat Festival.
We have a ton of cultural items all around the country. For example, around Spring Festival (which is our New Year), every shop or supermarket in the city begins to sell a lot of red merchandise. There are red lanterns in different shapes and sizes, red envelopes for lucky money, red paper cuttings with traditional animals and symbols, red paper poems we hang on the wall and around our doors, and many more. It’s quite colorful and wonderful, and it adds to the spirit of the celebration. This is just one example of cultural items you can find, but there are so many other traditional stuff to buy, like tea sets, porcelain items, local food delicacies, fans, clothes, and many more.
Examiner:Is it important for children to learn about traditional products?
- As no one is born with full knowledge of his or her country and traditions, yes, kids should learn about those. Often times modern parents make the mistake of ignoring these or letting their kids know stuff on their own, which is an ineffective method to educate their children. They should have a more active approach and explain to their sons or daughters the beauty of their culture.
- There are ways to teach kids about traditions at home and in school. At home, parents could sit down and craft things with their kids. It may sound challenging at first, however, don't forget that nowadays there are millions of video guides online for anything. These moments could be educational, as well as a great bonding method for the family. As for school, there should be crafting or culture lessons in primary school.
Yes, I believe so. When someone is born in a country, they don’t automatically learn about the culture and customs. They need to learn it slowly, step by step at an early age from their parents, but also in school. This can be done in many ways. For instance, they can have a culture class in primary school or a crafting class where they could try to make some traditional items that are easy to craft. In art class, they could draw and paint things related to their culture and traditions as well. It is important because in the future, when those young people grow up, they will begin traveling around the world, and they will be ambassadors of their culture. They will be asked about unique and special things about their motherland, and they will have to explain and talk about the best customs related to their nation.
Posted on 11/08/2022 02:17 PM sorry, I just wonder why "cermic products have become infamous"? "infamous" means well known for being bad or eveil .could you please explain to me?
Posted on 12/12/2022 12:41 PM @Ivan Great spotting that one out. Must be a "typo". I'll fix it later. Yes "infamous" is definitely a negative if said in this context, although in speaking it is often times possible to say something negative while meaning the opposite. That's called irony. British people in particular use irony all the time.