美国之音(以下称VOA)的英语节目,按播音速度可分为两种:Standard English (标准英语)和 Special English(特别英语)。

Special English 又叫“慢速英语”,是VOA 专为全世界非英语国家初学英语的听众安排的一种简易、规范的英语广播节目。该节目创始于50年代末期,是VOA 的专家们研究如何与世界各地的英语学习者进行交际的产物。它正式开播于1959年10月。当时只面向欧洲和中东,但由于这个节目适合许多国家英语学习者的需要,所以它的广播对象不久就扩大到世界其他地区,并很快在全世界范围内产生了广泛的影响。现在这个节目对欧洲、非洲和拉丁美洲每晚广播一次,对加勒比地区每晚广播一次(星期天除外),对东南亚广播次数最多,每天上午两次,晚上三次。

VOA慢速英语:2016年最大新闻故事回顾2016-12-30
The election victory of Donald Trump was the year’s top story. But the year was marked with many other events that were hard to explain.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:非政府组织致力于改善贫困国家人民的视力2016-12-28
Students with poor sight often cannot see their teachers in school. Drivers with eye problems cannot read street signs. A new charity is working to bring low-cost eye tests and glasses to the developing world.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:“星球大战”女演员凯莉·费舍尔逝世2016-12-28
Carrie Fisher was the daughter of Hollywood start Debbie Reynolds and singer and Eddie Fisher. She wrote books about her experiences and problems growing up among famous people.
VOA慢速英语:认怂?川普就移民政策口风已变2016-12-20
President-elect Donald Trump is still promising stronger enforcement of U.S. immigration laws. But he is also softening some of the proposals he made while running for president against Hillary Clinton.
VOA慢速英语:机器翻译如何改变语言学习?2016-12-19
Some machines can take something written in one language and provide the same sentence in another language. How will this technology affect language learning in the future? Will fewer people decide to take traditional language training? Will language teachers no longer be needed?
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:中国寻求世界承认其市场经济地位2016-12-14
The world’s second largest economy has brought a case against the United States and the European Union. China objects to how the two trading partners compare prices of its exports to them.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:西非国家禁止从欧洲进口“脏柴油”2016-12-14
Five West African countries agreed to stop importing dirty fuel from Europe. United Nations (U.N.) officials have praised the new agreement. But they say that Africa has a long way to go to meet air quality rules in other areas.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:特朗普提名埃克森美孚CEO任国务卿2016-12-14
Rex Tillerson is already being criticized by senators from Trump’s political party.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:选民对川普上台充满期待2016-12-14
Since the U.S. presidential elections, Americans’ expectations on what kind of president Donald Trump will be have improved. But opinions about Trump are still not as high as they were for Barack Obama and George W. Bush before they took office.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:土耳警方逮捕超过500名疑似库尔德激进分子2016-12-14
Officials say Turkish police have detained over 500 people since Monday. The arrests come after two bombings over the weekend. The group responsible for the bombings claim the bombs were meant to respond to state violence in the southeast.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:波音公司获得伊朗160亿美元大订单2016-12-13
Iran’s main air carrier Iran Air has signed a deal with American manufacturer Boeing to buy 80 passenger planes. The $16.6 billion agreement was announced Sunday. Boeing will provide 50 737 planes and 30 777 aircraft to Iran Air over the next 10 years.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:潘基文将在12月底完成联合国秘书长任期2016-12-13
He will leave office at the end of this month after 10 years as secretary-general.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:2016年美国被执行死刑人数创新低2016-12-13
Fewer people are being executed or sentenced to death in the United States. But public debate about the death sentence continues. While support for it is down, three states voted last month to permit executions for certain murders. Some bring strong emotions into the death penalty debate.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:总统败选 民主党运营未来2016-12-13
Democratic leaders talk about ways to convince working-class Americans who voted for Donald Trump to return to the party.
VOA慢速英语:在非硅谷地区开办科技公司的可行性2016-12-12
Some people think the only place in the U.S. to start a technology company is in Northern California’s Silicon Valley. But is that really true?
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:美国卫生报告:年轻人抽电子烟不安全2016-12-11
America’s top health official says electronic cigarettes can cause health problems for young people. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said nicotine is a highly addictive chemical, one that can harm brain development in teenagers and young adults.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:战争期间酷刑率越来越多2016-12-11
A new survey has found the number of people who approve the use of torture to get military information has grown.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:领导人与活动人士发起运动打击南苏丹性暴力2016-12-10
Many cases of rape are reported in the world’s newest country, South Sudan.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:特朗普提名美国国防部长候选人2016-12-08
American President-elect Donald Trump says he wants retired Marine General James Mattis to lead the nation’s military. However, a U.S. law could ban him from taking the position.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:默克尔重申德国法律不准蒙脸2016-12-08
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a ban on full-face covers worn by some Muslim women. Merkel announced her position at a party conference that re-elected her as leader. She said the covers should be barred wherever legally possible.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:伊斯兰国通过学校强烈影响阿富汗东部孩子成长2016-12-08
Officials say Islamic State is trying to influence children though militant training in schools
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:索马里难民返回家园重建生活2016-12-08
Thousands of refugees are returning to cities in Somalia. They spent many years in camps in nearby countries including Kenya. They are looking for food, shelter and jobs.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:日本首相安倍晋三将历史性访问珍珠港 但不会道歉2016-12-07
More than 2,300 American servicemen were killed when Japanese planes attacked the US base in Hawaii 75 years ago. The USS Arizona battleship was sunk and 20 other ships and 164 planes were damaged or destroyed.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:喀麦隆否认安全部队对抗议者滥用暴力2016-12-07
The government of Cameroon says it did not abuse protesters during demonstrations last month.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:欧洲民粹主义运动将如何改变欧盟?2016-12-07
As populist political movements grow in Europe, it remains unclear how they will affect the European Union.
VOA慢速英语:特朗普发Twitter称与蔡英文通电没问题2016-12-07
In China, some people welcomed the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president. They believed China could work out deals with the businessman. But Trump’s decision to speak by telephone with the new president of Taiwan has led to a protest from the Chinese government.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:韩国、日本加入联合国制裁朝鲜行动2016-12-06
North Korea is facing more punishment for its nuclear testing programs. On Friday, South Korea and Japan added sanctions to those already approved by the United Nations. North Korea deputy foreign minister told diplomats Friday that the UN punishment is an abuse of power.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:奥地利极右翼反移民总统候选人落选2016-12-06
Austria has elected Independent candidate Alexander Van der Bellen as president. The former Green Party leader defeated Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:联合国寻求创纪录的220亿美元以帮助世界贫困人口2016-12-06
U.N. officials say the world is facing its biggest humanitarian crisis since World War II. They say more than 128 million people need aid urgently. The organization is asking for $22.2 billion dollars to help the needy.
VOA慢速英语:台湾领导人蔡英文致电美国下届总统川普2016-12-06
As he did during the presidential election, Donald Trump continues to express opinions on Twitter. Some Americans worry his words could be misunderstood by world leaders. Recently, Trump tweeted he would end President Obama’s move to normalize relations with Cuba unless it agrees to a better deal.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:报告显示非洲人民不那么渴望民主了2016-12-05
Survey shows fewer Africans now support democracy, after a ten-year-long increase in such support
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:马拉维服装设计师瞄准海外市场2016-12-05
Lilly Alfonso is one of the top fashion designers in Lilongwe. Her business employs 30 people. She buys some of the cloth she uses in her creations from disabled weavers.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:美国空军面临飞行员短缺问题2016-12-05
The Air Force is reporting a shortage of aircraft mechanics. It says it is down 3,000 of these workers. Air Force officials say the service is also short on pilots. These shortages could affect operations in 2017, possibly even costing the lives of troops and civilians.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:商界领袖呼吁总统帮助女性在企业立足2016-12-04
Many business groups are hoping the next U.S. president will offer some help through changes in policy. A group of American business leaders has urged the next president to help women who own businesses or plan to start them.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:难民足球队参加希腊联赛2016-12-04
A newly formed refugee football team is competing for a place in Greeces professional league. The refugee players hope to compete against some of Greece’s best teams in the coming weeks.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:巴基斯坦更换陆军参谋长2016-12-04
General Qamar Javed Bajwa will lead the world’s sixth-largest army. He faces complex security problems and challenges in dealing with the country’s civilian leaders.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:报告:为叙利亚孩子带来快乐的小丑志愿者已被杀害2016-12-03
A man known for dressing as a clown while helping children in Syria has reportedly been killed in an air strike. Anas al-Basha was a volunteer for a group supporting children who lost parents in Syria’s civil war. The Associated Press reports he was killed in an attack Tuesday in eastern Aleppo.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:超过2000名退伍军人加入达科塔管道抗议活动2016-12-03
More than 2,000 U.S. military veterans are expected to join a protest at a camp in North Dakota. Thousands of activists have been protesting against a large oil pipeline project near a Native American reservation.
VOA慢速英语:奥地利或选出欧盟首位极右翼领导人2016-12-03
Austrian voters could elect the EU’s first far-right leader in a presidential election Sunday. Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party is running a close race against independent Alexander Van der Bellen. Hofer has a strong anti-immigration position and may call a referendum on Austria leaving the EU.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:喀麦隆律师、教师罢工 要求增加使用英语2016-12-02
A strike, called to increase the use of English, has spread to schools and universities in English-speaking areas.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:印尼主张寻求平衡兼得经济的海洋权益2016-12-02
China and Indonesia have close economic ties. However, they also have conflicting territorial claims in the South China Sea. Indonesia has been avoiding public disputes over the issue, while the two sides continue developing investment and economic cooperation.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:世界上最老的人已117岁 一天吃2个生鸡蛋2016-12-02
The oldest living person in the world, Italian Emma Morano, celebrated her 117th birthday on Tuesday. Friends, neighbors and her doctor held a party for her. Morano says one of her secrets to living long is eating two uncooked eggs every day.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:美国空军飞行员的严重短缺2016-12-02
The shortage may affect operations in 2017, possibly costing the lives of troops and civilians
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:报告:越南在中国南海修建军事飞机跑道2016-12-01
Vietnam is extending a military runway on a small island in the South China Sea, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies. It says the Vietnamese government is lengthening the runway and putting up buildings for aircraft on one of the Spratly Islands.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:伊斯兰国称美国俄亥俄州校园兇手为战士2016-12-01
The Islamic State group made the claim in a statement on a website linked to it. Abdul Razak Ali Artan injured 11 people on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Police are investigating what caused the refugee to carry out the attack.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:商人莫伊兹胜出海地总统大选2016-12-01
President-elect Moise defeated 26 other candidates in the November 20 election. Moise, a businessman and banana exporter, is new to politics.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:川普称烧国旗应受到严惩2016-11-30
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has expressed strong objections to flag burning. In a tweet, he suggested that flag burners face a loss of citizenship or a year in prison. It won’t be easy for him to do that. The Supreme Court ruled 27 years ago that people have a right to burn a flag in protest.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:泰国议会正式宣布哇集拉隆功王储继位2016-11-30
Thailand’s parliament has formally invited Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn to become the country’s next king. The move came after Thailand’s cabinet named the prince to be king. The prince replaces his father, Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died last month at the age of 88.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:巴西甲级足球队所乘飞机在哥伦比亚遇空难2016-11-30
At least 76 people were killed when an airplane carrying a Brazilian football team crashed Monday night in Colombia.
VOA慢速英语:多国欲退出国际刑事法院 经费成问题2016-11-30
Russia and three African nations have announced plans to leave the International Criminal Court. Legal experts say the withdrawals are raising concerns. Will the court still be able to carry out investigations and try the world’s most serious crimes -- mainly those involving crimes against humanity?
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:菲德尔·卡斯特罗的死能改善古巴人权吗?2016-11-29
For almost 60 years, the Cuban people have had few civil and political freedoms. But after Fidel Castro’s death, observers fear things will get worse before they get better.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:研究人员:无人驾驶摩托车提供安全保驾护航2016-11-29
Researchers in Singapore have begun testing a self-driving scooter. It was designed for people who cannot, should not, or do not want to drive a car. The scooter is expected to decrease the need for cars, which could lower pollution and reduce accidents.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:钢琴家重新设计他最喜欢的乐器2016-11-29
Musicians have played the same instruments with very little changes for hundreds of years. Many might think that a piano can only make certain types of sounds. But one inventor has created a new type of piano that could change the way people make music.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:奥巴马与川普就菲德尔·卡斯特罗的死反应不同2016-11-29
The death of Castro confirms sharp differences in the thinking of President Barack Obama and his replacement, President-elect Donald Trump. How will relations between Cuba and the United States change when Trump takes office?
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:川普或改变美古关系2016-11-29
After the death of Fidel Castro, many people are wondering what will happen to the economic relationship between the two countries. The election of Donald Trump as U.S. president will likely make the situation even more complex.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:联合国警告称阿富汗难民局势不断恶化2016-11-28
Hundreds of thousands of Afghans have been displaced from their homes because of continuing violence in the country.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:美国南部使用新式节能机器产煤2016-11-28
Stronger government rules and consumer demand for cleaner energy has caused electric companies to reduce their use of coal and increase their use of natural gas
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:喀麦隆采取措施控制社交媒体2016-11-28
Social media use has risen sharply in Cameroon, as have the government’s efforts to control it.
VOA慢速英语:报告称中国玩具厂乃血汗工厂2016-11-28
Activist group says the world of toys is heaven for children but it may be a world of misery for toy factory workers.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:美属群岛居民与美国公民的差别2016-11-27
The US has five populated territories. People in four of them are American citizens, but in America Samoa they are not. A case demanding citizenship for American Samoans recently went to the US Supreme Court.
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