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。

voa慢速英语:American History:McKinley and the 'Gold Standard'...2010-07-02
In the eighteen nineties, the American people were deeply divided over the nation's money system. Should the United States support its currency with gold or with gold and silver? This question became the main issue in the presidential election of eighteen ninety-six.
voa慢速英语:McKinley and the ‘Gold Standard’ Win Out in 18962010-07-01
In the eighteen nineties, the American people were deeply divided over the nation's money system. Should the United States support its currency with gold or with gold and silver? This question became the main issue in the presidential election of eighteen ninety-six.
voa慢速英语:American History:Labor Unrest Grows as Cleveland's...2010-06-24
Grover Cleveland began his second presidency in eighteen ninety-three. His two terms were separated by the presidency of Benjamin Harrison. Cleveland took office again just as the United States was entering an economic depression. Businesses failed. Banks closed their doors. Workers lost their jobs. And farmers lost their farms.
voa慢速英语讲解:克里夫兰支持金本位治愈经济低迷2010-06-17
In March of eighteen eighty-nine, Grover Cleveland left the White House after four years as president. He had been defeated by Benjamin Harrison.
voa慢速英语讲解:克里夫兰回归,面临农业和劳工动乱2010-06-11
Eighteen ninety-two was a presidential election year in the United States. In that year, most parts of the American economy were expanding. But one part was not doing well: agriculture. The result was the birth of a new political party. It was called the People's Party. Its members were called Populists.
voa慢速英语:American History:Harrison's Presidency Marked...2010-06-04
Twenty years after the Civil War, the Unitedbl States had become one of the leading industrial nations of the world. As the number of factories increased, so did competition between businesses.
voa慢速英语讲解:1888美国选举,哈里森以关税击败克里夫兰2010-05-28
At that time, import taxes were high on many products. The high tariffs protected American goods from competing with lower-priced foreign imports. The tariffs protected millions of jobs in American industry. Not everyone, however, supported high tariffs.
voa慢速英语:Cleveland Opposes Anti-Immigration Laws and High Tariffs2010-05-20
In our last program, we told you how the flow of immigration to the United States began to change in the eighteen eighties. Before then, most of the immigrants came from central and northern Europe. From Britain, Ireland, Germany and the Scandinavian countries.
voa慢速英语:欧洲移民到美国寻找新生活2010-05-13
In our last program, we told you the story of the Statue of Liberty. It was given to the United States by the people of France. Lady Liberty holds a bright torch high over the harbor of New York City. Millions of immigrants coming to America passed the statue as ships carried them to the immigration processing center on Ellis Island.
voa慢速英语讲解:美国第22任和第24任总统格罗弗克利夫兰2010-05-06
Grover Cleveland was elected president of the United States in eighteen eighty-four. He was the first Democratic Party candidate to win a presidential election in almost twenty-eight years.
voa慢速英语:加菲尔德短暂总统生涯悲剧收场2010-04-22
In eighteen eighty, President Rutherford Hayes completed four successful years in the White House. He did not want to serve another term. Hayes was a Republican. His party had great hopes of electing another Republican in the election of eighteen eighty.
voa慢速英语:移居者涌向西部占领土地2010-04-15
In the late eighteen hundreds, white Americans expanded their settlements in the western part of the country. They claimed land traditionally used by American Indians. The Indians were hunters, and they struggled to keep control of their hunting lands.
voa慢速英语:Custer's Last Stand Against the Indians2010-04-08
During the eighteen hundreds, the federal government forced American Indians to live on lands called reservations. No longer could the Indians move freely over the Great Plains to hunt buffalo. White people were settling there. The situation resulted in violence.
voa慢速英语:American History Series:Indian Wars2010-04-01
The United States began to expand west during the middle eighteen hundreds. People settled in the great open areas of the Dakotas, Utah, Wyoming, and California. The movement forced the nation to deal with great tribes of Native American Indians. The Indians had lived in the western territories for hundreds of years.
voa慢速英语:American History:Songs Cowboys Sung2010-03-27
Last week, we talked about the growth of the cattle industry. This industry started in Texas during the eighteen seventies. With its growth came a new kind of worker -- the man who watched and took care of the cattle. These men who watched the cows and rode with them as they moved across the wild lands were often young. Just boys. And so they were called cowboys.
voa慢速英语:短篇小说:海上扁舟-斯蒂芬·克莱恩2010-03-06
Crane was traveling from the United States to Cuba as a newspaper reporter. One night, his ship hit a sandbar. It sank in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Florida. Most of the people on board got into lifeboats. Crane was among the last to leave. There were three others with him: the ship’s captain, the cook, and a sailor.
voa慢速英语:Grant’s Second Term Worse Than First2010-03-04
America's eighteenth president, Ulysses Grant, was elected to his second term in eighteen seventy-two. Grant had led the Union army of the North to victory over the Confederate army of the South during the Civil War. He easily won the presidency in eighteen sixty-eight in the first election held after the war. Now, he would spend four more years as president of the United States.
[VOA建国史话]THE MAKING OF A NATION - American History Series: Trial of Andrew Johnson2010-02-03
The Civil War ended in eighteen sixty-five. After that, tensions grew between Congress and the new president, Andrew Johnson.
voa慢速英语讲解:美国历史系列:安德鲁-约翰逊总统被弹劾2010-01-29
The Civil War ended in eighteen sixty-five. After that, tensions grew between Congress and the new president, Andrew Johnson.
voa慢速英语讲解:安德鲁-约翰逊就任美国第17任总统2010-01-22
In the spring of eighteen sixty-five, the American Civil War was over. And the president who had led the Union during that war was dead. Abraham Lincoln had been murdered before the final surrender of Confederate forces.
voa慢速英语讲解:美国历史系列:最后的投降2010-01-15
Abraham Lincoln did not live to see the final surrender of the armies of the Confederacy. A Confederate sympathizer shot the president at Ford's Theatre in Washington on April fourteenth, eighteen sixty-five.
voa慢速英语:American History Series:After Lincoln's Murder2010-01-07
President Abraham Lincoln led the Union of northern states in four years of civil war against the southern Confederacy. But he did not live to see the end of the war. He did not live to see the nation re-united. He was assassinated in April of eighteen sixty-five.
voa慢速英语讲解:林肯在福特剧院被刺杀2009-12-31
Welcome to THE MAKING OF A NATION – American history in VOA Special English.
voa慢速英语讲解:短篇故事:爱伦-坡《失窃的信》2009-12-26
Our story today is called The Purloined Letter. It was written by Edgar Allan Poe. Poe is generally known for his horror stories. This is the third of three stories he wrote about Auguste Dupin and how he solves crimes.
voa慢速英语:美国历史系列:罗伯特·爱德华·李投降2009-12-24
It was mostly his military skill and intelligence that kept the South in the field so long. But even his extraordinary skill could not save the South from the industrial power of the North and its mighty armies -- armies that were well-fed and well-equipped.

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