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2017-01-30
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 difference too, say experts.
VOA慢速英语:特朗普上台一周签署多项行政命令创造历史2017-01-29
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2016-10-02
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, business trip and expedition, as well as other words!
VOA慢速英语:乔治·华盛顿总统、男人、神话2016-10-01
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 the most important people in U.S. history.
VOA慢速英语:约翰·亚当斯:美国第二任总统2016-10-01
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2016-10-01
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 public education.
VOA慢速英语:阿比盖尔·亚当斯:女权主义、伙伴、第一夫人2016-10-01
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 States.
VOA慢速英语:亚历山大•汉密尔顿:美国银行之父2016-10-01
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 stories in U.S. history.
VOA慢速英语:班纳克:测量员、数学家、天文学家2016-10-01
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 the Declaration of Independence.
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2016-07-04
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2016-05-28
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 speeches in American history.
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2016-02-15
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 the Declaration of Independence.
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2016-02-02
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 stories in U.S. history.
VOA慢速英语:建国史话:美国的第三任总统:托马斯·杰斐逊2016-01-24
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 public education.
VOA慢速英语:约翰·亚当斯:美国第二任总统2016-01-17
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2016-01-10
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 States.
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2015-10-12
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 trip and expedition, as well as other words!
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2015-08-24
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 Revolutionary War.
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2015-08-09
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2015-08-02
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2015-04-09
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2015-01-01
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 14, 1865.
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2014-12-25
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2014-12-18
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2014-12-04
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 little hope of getting enough of either to win.
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