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1分45秒あたりから
The exhibition is “A History of the World in 100 Objects.” We say “A” history of the world rather than “THE” history of the world. Because no exhibition can comprehensively fulfill the history of the world.
(この展覧会は“A History of the World in 100 Objects(100のモノによる、ひとつの世界の歴史)”です。The HistoryではなくA Historyとしたのは、展覧会では網羅的に世界の歴史を取り上げることができないからです)

ネイティブの会話で文法事項が出てくることはめったにないですが、展覧会の説明でThe HistoryではなくA Historyと語っているところから、theが決定版でaはあくまで個別であるという冠詞の使い方のイメージがわかります。

1分30分弱を194語なので、130語/分なのでTOEICよりも遅いです。ゆっくり目に丁寧に話してくれています。とはいってもYutaもちょっと自信のないところがあります(すみませんがwhat people will seeはちょっと無理やりあてました)。英検1級を考えている人にはちょうどいい題材ですね。

The exhibition is “A History of the World in 100 Objects.” We say “A” history of the world rather than “THE” history of the world. Because no exhibition can comprehensively fulfill the history of the world. So what we have done is chosen 100 objects which reflect key moments in the development of human societies reflected through individual objects and human creativity.
Well the exhibition, what people will see when they come to the exhibition is a whole range of different types of objects. The scope of the exhibition runs from two million years ago right up till today. And it encompasses societies and human cultures around the globe so we have an extraordinary range of objects displayed here, each of which comments on a particular culture and period of the time which it was created. So it was very varied.
The key message as far as for this exhibition is that objects tell stories. Sometimes stories are extraordinary and diverse. And each of the objects which are displayed in this exhibition can teach something new about humans, human cultures, processes through which we have come to be the society that we are today.
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