Cue Card Sample

Describe an item that your country exports - Cue Card # 816

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

[The topic for your talk will be written on a card which the examiner will hand over to you. Read it carefully and then make some brief notes.]

Describe an item that your country exports.

You should say:

  • what item it is
  • where your country mainly exports this item
  • how it helps your country

and explain why this is an important export item for your country.

[Instruction: 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.]

[Examiner: All right? Remember you have one to two minutes for this, so don't worry if I stop you. I'll tell you when the time is up. Can you start speaking now, please?]

Model Answer 1:
My country has a rather vast farming land where we can produce all kinds of crops. While we use most of these crops mostly to meet our own and domestic demand, there are a few items which we actually export occasionally, and today I would like to talk about such an item here.

This export item is “wheat”, and my country, no doubt, is actually lucky to be able to produce this very important food grain since the soils of many countries around the world aren’t just suitable and fertile enough to produce it on a large scale as my country does. Here it is actually worth mentioning that there are actually at least 6 different types of wheat, depending on their colour, texture, and the time of year when they are grown, and my country is lucky to be able to produce only two types of them.

But, the good thing is that even though, we manage to grow only two types, the amount of them becomes surplus for our own consumption 9 out of 10 times, and that’s when we export them to other countries, like China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Turkey, pretty much on a regular basis. By the way, we have to export it to these countries regularly because my country has some kind of special or preferential trade agreements with them. Of course, sometimes, we export this food item to several other countries too, but that’s only when we have a very huge surplus, and the price or the business deal is too lucrative to ignore.

But, in the end, no matter where we export this very important food grain and at what price, the fact is, it helps our country’s economy to remain strong, not only by earning a huge amount of foreign currencies and revenues but also by creating a huge employment opportunity for the growing number of workers of my country. Besides, exporting this food item also helps us to maintain a good strategic and friendly relationship with many countries around the world.

Sample Answer 2:
Thank you for this interesting topic. I'd like to thank the time to thank you first. 

Well, one of the significant export items from India - my home country- is Basmati Rice. Basmati Rice is a long-grain, aromatic rice grown mainly in the northern regions of India and Pakistan. India is the largest producer and exporter of Basmati Rice in the world, with Punjab and Haryana being the major rice-growing states. Basmati Rice has been grown in India for centuries and is an essential part of the country's culture and cuisine.

The export of Basmati Rice contributes significantly to the Indian economy, as it is one of the most valuable cash crops in the country. It helps in generating foreign exchange and providing employment opportunities to millions of farmers and workers involved in the rice industry. The rice is exported mainly to Middle Eastern countries, including Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Iraq, followed by the United Arab Emirates, Europe, and the United States.

The quality and authenticity of Basmati Rice from India are unparalleled, making it an important export item for the country. Basmati Rice is an important export item for India, contributing significantly to the country's economy and cultural heritage.

Model Answer 3:

First of all, thank you a lot for the opportunity to let me talk about one of the major export items of my country. Here, I will tell you what item it is, to which country we primarily export this item, how it helps us and finally why this is an important export item for my country.

What item it is:
This important export item is "tea" which is a popular beverage and a significant export item of my country. It is perhaps one of the most important items for our country because it is highly popular among the citizens and brings a huge amount of foreign revenue to my country.

Where your country mainly exports this item: 
My country is one of the largest tea producers in the world and exports tea to various countries, such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, and Japan.

How it helps your country:
Tea is an essential component of the economy of my country, providing employment to millions of people involved in its production, processing, and export. The tea industry has a major contribution to the foreign exchange earnings of my country. Moreover, we also like to drink tea and it is in our blood. 

And explain why this is an important export item for your country:
Tea is an important export item for my country because it is in high demand all over the world, and its export brings significant revenue to our country's economy. Moreover, the quality of tea produced in my country is known for its unique aroma and flavour, which makes it a favourite among tea connoisseurs worldwide. The tea industry has a long history in my country, and its growth and success have played a significant role in the development of my country's economy.

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