a) Complete the commentary from the TV talk show Stories from the past where Frances, John and Gary took part. Use the expressions following the conversation.
Host: Unfortunately, many of us know very little about our ancestors.
Host: Unfortunately, many of us know very little about our ancestors. But some people have proven how much we can learn if we are really interested in our family history.
Frances: That’s true. You know, I knew almost nothing even about my great grandparents, because I found a lot of information in our local archive and from talking to some of our distant relatives.
John: Yes, I feel this is all really fascinating reading a thrilling historical novel! It gives you a feeling you are a part of it. I was really surprised how much one can learn from old newspapers and archives.
Host: I was lucky, but many people can’t spend the time in archives, and libraries may not have the necessary information. What would you advise them to do?
Gary: When I started my research I realized how much I can learn at home, just looking through old photos and some old things that are around in every family home, and, of course, the internet — a lot of curious facts can be found there: archive references and articles from newspapers.
Frances: Yes, you are right, but it’s a bit like we should talk more with our relatives — our grandparents. They do have a lot to tell us! It gives you a sense of belonging to a family and helps you understand yourself better. That’s exactly what has happened to me!
b) Listen to the conversation to check your answers.
Mini-project: Stories from the past