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:建国史话:罗伯特·李获最后一次重大胜利2014-11-27
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-year-long Civil War.
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2014-11-20
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2014-11-06
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2014-10-31
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 South in the state of Virginia.
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2014-10-23
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2014-10-10
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2014-10-02
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2014-09-26
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 called it the Confederate States of America.
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2014-09-19
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 a government they called the Confederate States of America.
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2014-09-04
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2014-08-28
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2014-08-21
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 importance, too.
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2014-08-15
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2014-08-14
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 in West Virginia.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话:加州淘金热2014-08-08
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 settler reported finding gold there.
VOA慢速英语:布坎南或是史上最差美国总统2014-07-24
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2014-07-17
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2014-07-03
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 dispute centered increasingly on Kansas, a territory in the middle of the country.
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2014-06-26
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2014-06-19
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 its nominating convention in Baltimore, Maryland.
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2014-06-13
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 United States Congress passed five bills that sought to settle the issue of slavery. All five became law after the president signed them.
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2014-06-05
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 time, owning slaves was legal in the southern states. Many northerners opposed slavery.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Calhoun:The South Asks for Justice, Simple Justice2014-05-29
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 question of slavery. The dispute grew more threatening after the war with Mexico in 1849.
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一2014-05-22
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 in two.
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2014-05-16
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 and New Mexico to the United States. And, Mexico would recognize the Rio Grande River as the southern border of Texas.
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