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。

The Making of a Nation(建国史话) 这一专题节目向听众介绍美利坚合众国从十三个殖民地区域到现代工业国的孕育、诞生以及形成超级大国的历史过程,并以历史为线索,特定的历史时期为单位,以重大的历史事件为主题材来叙述各个党派、各届总统和政府的历史作用与贡献。这是每个英语学习者都应了解的基本知识。The Making of a Nation每逢星期四播出。这是个系列节目,坚持收听,则有助于系统了解美国的历史概况。

该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:特朗普与前总统安德鲁·杰克逊相比2017-04-18
Historians are pointing out similarities between President Donald Trump and former President Andrew Jackson. Both ran as populists, both are known as political outsiders and conservatives, and both are considered strong personalities. But, there are diffe
VOA慢速英语:特朗普上台一周签署多项行政命令创造历史2017-04-18
After a week in office, President Donald Trump has already signed a number of executive orders and memoranda. They affect health care and trade with other countries, among other things.
VOA慢速英语:对话:刘易斯和克拉克探险队的故事2017-04-18
VOA's Anna Matteo interviews colleague Kelly Jean Kelly on her recent expedition. This month Kelly followed the footsteps of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Hear some stories she brought back with her. And learn the difference among road trip, busines
VOA慢速英语:乔治·华盛顿总统、男人、神话2017-04-18
First in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen. That was how one of George Washington’s friends and fellow soldiers described him at his funeral. He left a long list of accomplishments. Even today, George Washington remains one of
VOA慢速英语:约翰·亚当斯:美国第二任总统2017-04-18
John Adams followed George Washington into the highest elected office in the United States of America. He took over the job of president at a time when people were not sure if the new country would survive.
VOA慢速英语:托马斯·杰斐逊:美国的第三任总统2017-04-18
Jefferson lives vividly in the American imagination – even more than 100 years after his presidency and death. In the United States, Jefferson’s name is often linked to the country’s history of self-government, slavery, separation of church and state, and
VOA慢速英语:阿比盖尔·亚当斯:女权主义、伙伴、第一夫人2017-04-18
Abigail Adams was the wife of the second president of the United States, John Adams. She was also the mother of the sixth president, John Quincy Adams. And she was smart, outspoken, hard-working and beloved by her husband, the President of the United Stat
VOA慢速英语:亚历山大·汉密尔顿:美国银行之父2017-04-18
Alexander Hamilton was not a president, but he was a famous early U.S. leader. Americans know him as the creator of the national bank, the face (for now) on the $10 bill and as a modern star on Broadway. His death is also one of the most celebrated storie
VOA慢速英语:班纳克:测量员、数学家、天文学家2017-04-18
Benjamin Banneker was one of the few free black people in the American colonies. The self-taught mathematician helped plan the nation’s capital and wrote a popular book. Today, he is remembered for questioning how Thomas Jefferson could ignore slavery in
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:美国庆祝7月4日独立日2017-04-18
The usual story about our national holiday is that America’s early leaders came together and declared their independence from Britain on July 4,1776. But historians say that story is not exactly right.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:1863年林肯总统发表葛底斯堡演说2017-04-18
On November 19,1863, President Abraham Lincoln spoke at the dedication ceremony for the National Cemetery of Gettysburg in the state of Pennsylvania. The brief address, known as the Gettysburg Address, would be remembered as one of the most important spee
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:本杰明·班纳克:测量师、数学家、天文学家2017-04-18
Benjamin Banneker was one of the few free black people in the American colonies. The self-taught mathematician helped plan the nation’s capital and wrote a popular book. Today, he is remembered for questioning how Thomas Jefferson could ignore slavery in
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:亚历山大·汉密尔顿:美国银行之父2017-04-18
Alexander Hamilton was not a president, but he was a famous early U.S. leader. Americans know him as the creator of the national bank, the face (for now) on the $10 bill and as a modern star on Broadway. His death is also one of the most celebrated storie
VOA慢速英语:建国史话:美国的第三任总统:托马斯·杰斐逊2017-04-18
Jefferson lives vividly in the American imagination – even more than 100 years after his presidency and death. In the United States, Jefferson’s name is often linked to the country’s history of self-government, slavery, separation of church and state, and
VOA慢速英语:约翰·亚当斯:美国第二任总统2017-04-18
John Adams followed George Washington into the highest elected office in the United States of America. He took over the job of president at a time when people were not sure if the new country would survive.
VOA慢速英语:阿比盖尔·亚当斯:女权主义者、第一夫人2017-04-18
Abigail Adams was the wife of the second president of the United States, John Adams. She was also the mother of the sixth president, John Quincy Adams. And she was smart, outspoken, hard-working and beloved by her husband, the President of the United Stat
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:问答:刘易斯和克拉克探险队的故事2017-04-18
VOAs Anna Matteo interviews colleague Kelly Jean Kelly on her recent expedition. This month Kelly followed the footsteps of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Hear some stories she brought back with her. And learn the difference among road trip, business tri
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:乔治·华盛顿——总统、男人、神话2017-04-18
Americans call George Washington the father of our country. Most people know him best as the first president of the United States, from 1789 to 1797. But the list of his accomplishments is long. Washington commanded the Continental Army in the Revolutiona
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:玛莎华盛顿——美国第一任第一夫人2017-04-18
Martha Washington did not want to be the first lady of the United States. In fact, Martha Washington was very opposed to her husband, George Washington, accepting the presidency.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:詹姆斯·麦迪逊——美国宪法之父2017-04-18
The men who created the U.S. Constitution are often called the country’s founders or framers. But only one framer is known as the Father of the Constitution. He is James Madison.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:150年前格兰特将军投降结束美国内战2017-04-18
On April 9, 1865 Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union General Ulysses Grant. The event marked the beginning of the end of the four-year U.S. Civil War that killed more than 700,000 people and freed the slaves.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话:美国内战结束2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is The Making of a Nation. Im Kelly Jean Kelly. Abraham Lincoln did not live to see the final surrender of the armies of the Confederacy. A Confederate sympathizer shot the president at Fords Theatre in Washington on April
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话:林肯总统遇袭身亡2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is The Making of a Nation. I’m Kelly Jean Kelly. And I’m Christopher Cruise. On April 9, 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union General Ulysses Grant. Within weeks, the Civil War would be over
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话:罗伯特·李投将军在阿波马托克斯投降2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is The Making of a Nation. Im Kelly Jean Kelly. And Im Christopher Cruise. The end of the American Civil War came in April 1865. Union General Ulysses Grant had pushed Confederate General Robert E.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话:1865年3月谢尔曼在海上取得关键胜利2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is The Making of a Nation. Im Kelly Jean Kelly. And Im Jonathan Evans. By the autumn of 1864, it appeared the North would defeat the South in the American Civil War. The southern army needed men and supplies. There was litt
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话:罗伯特·李获最后一次重大胜利2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is The Making of a Nation. Im Kelly Jean Kelly. And Im Christopher Cruise. In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln named General Ulysses Grant commander of all Union armies. Lincoln hoped that Grant could end the nearly three-ye
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话:林肯葛底斯堡讲话影响至今2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is The Making of a Nation. Im Kelly Jean Kelly. And Im Christopher Cruise. In July 1863, Northern and Southern soldiers fought at the town of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania. It was the bloodiest battle of the American Civil War
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话:林肯总统解放南方黑人奴隶2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is The Making of a Nation. Im Kelly Jean Kelly. And Im Christopher Cruise. The Civil War began in 1861 as a struggle over whether states had the right to leave the Union.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话:南方军队在马纳萨斯再次击败北方军队2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is The Making of a Nation. Im Kelly Jean Kelly. And Im Christopher Cruise. The American Civil War started in the spring of 1861. By the summer of 1862, Union forces had not yet won a major battle against the Confederate Sou
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话:美国南北战争的海战2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is The Making of a Nation. Im Kelly Jean Kelly. And Im Christopher Cruise. The American Civil War was fought not only on land, but at sea.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话:格兰特带领联盟取得胜利2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is The Making of a Nation. Im Kelly Jean Kelly. And Im Christopher Cruise. Confederate forces won the first major land battle of Americas civil war in July 1861.
VOA慢速英语:建国史话:马纳萨斯快速结束战争的想法幻灭2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is The Making of a Nation. Im Kelly Jean Kelly. And Im Christopher Cruise. Within the first few weeks of the Civil War, the Confederate Congress decided to move the capital from Montgomery, Alabama to Richmond, Virginia.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话:林肯努力让肯塔基留在联盟2017-04-18
This is The Making of a Nation, with VOA Learning English. Im Kelly Jean Kelly. And Im Christopher Cruise. By the end of May 1861, 11 slave-holding, Southern states had withdrawn from the United States. They formed their own independent nation. They calle
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话:林肯提出马里兰军事统治2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is The Making of a Nation. Im Kelly Jean Kelly. And Im Christopher Cruise. In April 1861, years of disputes between North and South finally burst into civil war. Seven southern states had already left the Union. They set up
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话:美国南方谋求独立2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is The Making of a Nation. Im Kelly Jean Kelly. And Im Christopher Cruise. South Carolina withdrew from the United States on December 20, 1860.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话:林肯赢得1860大选2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is The Making of a Nation. Im Kelly Jean Kelly. And Im Christopher Cruise. The presidential election of 1860 brought feelings of both hope and fear.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话:1860年林肯与道格拉斯总统之争2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is The Making of a Nation. Im Katherine Cole. And Im Jonathan Evans. In the summer of 1858, Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln campaigned for a Senate seat from the state of Illinois. But their debates had national importa
VOA慢速英语:巴拿马运河在日益激烈的竞争中迎来100岁生日2017-04-18
BOB DOUGHTY: Welcome to the MAKING OF A NATION – American history in VOA Special English. Theodore Roosevelt became president of the United States at the beginning of the nineteen hundreds. He firmly believed in expanding American power in the world.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:建国史话:约翰·布朗袭击哈珀斯费2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is The Making of a Nation. Im Kelly Jean Kelly. And Im Jonathan Evans. In October of 1859, a group of anti-slavery extremists attacked the town of Harpers Ferry. Harpers Ferry was part of Virginia then; today it is located
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话:加州淘金热2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is The Making of a Nation. Im Kelly Jean Kelly. And Im Christopher Cruise. In 1847, California became a US territory. Most Americans at the time lived on the East Coast. But thousands traveled west to California after a set
VOA慢速英语:布坎南或是史上最差美国总统2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is The Making of a Nation. I’m Kelly Jean Kelly. And I’m Christopher Cruise. James Buchanan was sworn in as president in 1857. He was almost 66 years old. At the time, Buchanan was the oldest person ever elected president.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:建国史话:詹姆斯·布坎南赢得1856年选举2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is The Making of a Nation. I’m Kelly Jean Kelly. And I’m Christopher Cruise. The election of 1856 focused on the issue of slavery in Kansas territory.
VOA慢速英语:堪萨斯奴隶制斗争演变成暴力2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, welcome to The Making of a Nation, our weekly program of American history for people learning American English! I’m Steve Ember. In the middle of the 1850s, the United States was again struggling with the issue of slavery. The d
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话:堪萨斯-内布拉斯加法案获得通过2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, welcome to The Making of a Nation, our weekly program of American history for people learning American English. I’m Steve Ember. The 1850s were an increasingly tense time in the United States.
VOA慢速英语:富兰克林皮尔斯努力团结民主党2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, welcome to The Making of a Nation, our weekly program of American history for people learning American English. I’m Steve Ember. Eighteen fifty-two was a presidential election year in the United States. The Democratic Party held
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话:美国奴隶反抗,反叛,逃亡2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, welcome to The Making of a Nation, our weekly program of American history for people learning American English. Im Steve Ember in Washington. We have been talking about the Compromise of 1850. In September of that year, the Unit
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:菲尔莫尔总统签署1850妥协法案2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, welcome to The Making of a Nation, our weekly program of American history for people learning American English. Im Steve Ember. In 1850, the northern and southern states threatened to split over the issue of slavery. At that tim
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Calhoun:The South Asks for Justice, Simple Justice2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, welcome to The Making of a Nation, our weekly program of American history for people learning American English. Im Steve Ember. During the first half of the 19th century, leaders of the United States could find no answer to the
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:1850年奴隶制妥协法案目的是保持国家的统一2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, welcome to The Making of a Nation, our weekly program of American history for people learning American English. Im Steve Ember. The United States faced a deep national crisis in 1850. That crisis threatened to split the nation i
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:波尔克任内为美国带来1/4领土2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, welcome to The Making of a Nation, our weekly program of American history for people learning American English. Im Steve Ember, in Washington. The Mexican-American war officially ended in 1848. Mexico agreed to give California a
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