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:American History: A Struggle to Balance Power Between Big and Small States2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, welcome to THE MAKING OF A NATION – American history in Special English. I'm Steve Ember. This week in our series, we continue the story of the United States Constitution.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话(18):制定宪法之三2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, welcome to THE MAKING OF A NATION – American history in Special English. Im Steve Ember. This week in our series, we continue the story of the United States Constitution.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话(17):制定宪法之二2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, welcome to THE MAKING OF A NATION – American history in Special English. Im Steve Ember. This week in our series, we continue the story of the United States Constitution.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话(16):各自为政的13州2017-04-18
Welcome to THE MAKING OF A NATION -- American history in VOA Special English. Im Steve Ember.This week in our series, we begin the story of a document that defined a nation: the United States Constitution.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话(15):宪法诞生背景和修正案2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is THE MAKING OF A NATION American history in Special English. Im Steve Ember.The United States became a nation in 1776. Less than a century later, in the 1860s, it was nearly torn apart.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话:胜利和独立2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is THE MAKING OF A NATION American history in Special English. Im Steve Ember.This week in our series, we complete the story of the American Revolution.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话:美国革命:你站在哪一边?2017-04-18
STEVE EMBER: From VOA Learning English, this is THE MAKING OF A NATION American history in Special English. Im Steve Ember.This week in our series, we continue our story of the American Revolution.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话:美国独立战争独立宣言2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is THE MAKING OF A NATION American history in Special English. I'm Steve Ember. This week in our series, we continue the story of the American Revolution.
VOA慢速英语:American History: The Shot Heard Around the World2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is THE MAKING OF A NATION American history in Special English. Im Steve Ember.This week in our series, we look at the start of the American Revolution.
VOA慢速英语:AMERICAN HISTORY: Relations Between Britain and its American Colonies After the French and I2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is THE MAKING OF A NATION American history in VOA Special English. I'm Steve Ember. This week in our series, we tell about relations between the American colonies and Britain after the French and Indian War about two hundr
VOA慢速英语:AMERICAN HISTORY: Slavery in the American South2017-04-18
This week in our series, we we tell about slavery, and how it affected the history of the United States. Slavery is the custom of one person controlling or owning another. Some history experts say it began following the development of farming about ten th
VOA慢速英语:American History: Southern Colonies Develop on Farming Economy2017-04-18
STEVE EMBER: From VOA Learning English, this is THE MAKING OF A NATION American history in Special English. Im Steve Ember.
VOA慢速英语:American History: Colonizing Expands in the American Northeast2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is THE MAKING OF A NATION American history in Special English. I'm Steve Ember. This week in our series, we tell the story of the European settlers who established colonies in the American Northeast in the sixteen hundreds
VOA慢速英语:American History: A New World Clash of Cultures2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is THE MAKING OF A NATION American history in Special English. I'm Steve Ember. This week in our series, we tell the story of a clash of cultures and beliefs. We look at the early history of relations between European sett
VOA慢速英语:American History: Westward Expansion Brings Explorers, Settlers in Contact with the Plains I2017-04-18
Welcome to THE MAKING OF A NATION American history in VOA Special English. I'm Steve Ember. This week in our series, we look at the history of early American Indians.
VOA慢速英语:American History: English Settlers Establish Colonies In the New World2017-04-18
Last week in our series, we talked about the voyages to the New World by Christoper Columbus and other explorers sailing for Spain and Portugal. Today, we tell the story of the first permanent English settlements in North America.
VOA慢速英语:American History: Columbus Discovers the New World2017-04-18
Generations of schoolchildren have been taught that Christopher Columbus discovered the New World. In fact, the second Monday in October is celebrated as a national holiday, Columbus Day, to honor the European explorer.
VOA慢速英语:American History: A Fresh Start2017-04-18
Today we start our series again from the beginning. The last time we started over was in October of two thousand seven.
VOA慢速英语:American History: Life After 9/112017-04-18
Welcome to THE MAKING OF A NATION American history in VOA Special English. I'm Steve Ember. This week in our series, we look at America after the events of September eleventh, two thousand one.
VOA慢速英语:Bush Wins Over Gore in Contested 2000 Election2017-04-18
This week in our series, we look at the presidential election of two thousand. It was an election that few Americans would soon forget.
VOA慢速英语:American History: The Final Decade of the Century2017-04-18
For most of the nineteen nineties, the nation was at peace. The Soviet Union collapsed in nineteen ninety-one, bringing an end to years of costly military competition.
VOA慢速英语:American History: The Presidential Election of 19882017-04-18
Ronald Reagan was finishing his second term. He was America's fortieth president and one of the most popular. During his eight years in office, many Americans did well financially. Many felt more secure about the future of the nation and the world. The p
VOA慢速英语:American History: The Reagan Years2017-04-18
Soon after his presidency began, there was an attempt on his life. A gunman shot President Reagan in March nineteen eighty-one. Doctors removed the bullet. He rested, regained his strength and returned to the White House in twelve days.
VOA慢速英语:American History: The “Reagan Revolution”2017-04-18
This week in our series, we look at the presidential campaign of nineteen eighty and the election of Ronald Reagan.
VOA慢速英语:American History: Life in the 1970s and 1980s2017-04-18
The sixties were years of protest for social justice and change. Many Americans demonstrated against the Vietnam War. Blacks demonstrated for civil rights. Women demonstrated for equality. Many people welcomed new social programs created by the government
VOA慢速英语:American History: Social Revolution in the 1960s2017-04-18
For many Americans, the young president was the symbol of a spirit of hope for the nation. When Kennedy was murdered in nineteen sixty-three, many felt that their hopes died, too. This was especially true of young people, and members and supporters of min
VOA慢速英语:American History: Man on the Moon2017-04-18
On a cold October day in nineteen fifty-seven, the Soviet Union launched a small satellite into orbit around the Earth. Radio Moscow made the announcement.
VOA慢速英语:America in the Fifties2017-04-18
In the nineteen fifties, America was a nation whose population was growing as never before. It was a nation where the popular culture of television was both reflecting and influencing its lifestyle.
VOA慢速英语:Post-War Prosperity Brings Babies, Suburban Living2017-04-18
World War Two finally ended in August of nineteen forty-five. Life in the United States began to return to normal. Soldiers began to come home and find jobs. Factories stopped producing war materials and began to produce goods for peacetime.
VOA慢速英语:American History: World War II on the Home Front2017-04-18
The United States entered the Second World War in December of forty-one. Europe had already been at war since nineteen thirty-nine. But the United States did not enter World War Two until Japanese forces attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, H
VOA慢速英语:American History: D-Day Invasion of Europe2017-04-18
On June fifth, nineteen forty-four, a huge Allied force waited for the order to invade German-occupied France. The invasion had been planned for the day before. But a storm forced a delay.
VOA慢速英语:American History: The Dawn of the Atomic Age2017-04-18
This week, we continue our series of time capsule programs, each one exploring another facet, decade or period of America in the twentieth century. This week, science brings an end to World War Two and lays the groundwork for a new attention to research,
VOA慢速英语:A Time Capsule of the United States between the Two World Wars2017-04-18
President Warren Harding's campaign of a Return to Normalcy after the First World War, the fall of Wall Street that led to the economic depression, Presidents Coolidge, Hoover, and Franklin Roosevelt and how they and Americans coped with the crisis.
VOA慢速英语:AMERICAN HISTORY: The Great Recession and the 2008 Election2017-04-18
In two thousand six and two thousand seven, the American housing market began to collapse. Home values had been going up and up. Now the balloon burst.
VOA慢速英语:American History: Hurricane Katrina, Iraq and the Great Recession2017-04-18
Early in his first term, terrorists had carried out the worst attacks in United States history. President Bush declared a war on terror and led the country into wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
VOA慢速英语:American History: George W. Bush Re-Elected2017-04-18
Every four years, American political parties nominate their candidates for president and vice president. In the summer of two thousand four, Republican Party delegates chose George W. Bush and Dick Cheney for a second four years in office.
VOA慢速英语:American History: George W. Bush's First Term2017-04-18
In recent weeks we talked about the terrorist attacks of September eleventh, two thousand one, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. This week in our series, we look at domestic policy during the first term of President George W. Bush.
VOA慢速英语:American History: War on Terror Turns to Iraq2017-04-18
This week in our series, we look at the American-led invasion of Iraq in March two thousand three. It was part of the War on Terror President George W. Bush had declared after the al-Qaida attacks on the United States on September eleventh, two thousand o
VOA慢速英语:American History: Life in the U.S. After the 9/11 Attacks2017-04-18
A stunning and cowardly strike on the United States. Terrorists send mighty skyscrapers crumbling to the ground. Many innocent people are dead. The president vows the killers will pay for this attack on America.
VOA慢速英语:Terrorists Attack America2017-04-18
George W. Bush had been in office for less than eight months when the events of September eleventh, two thousand one, took place.
VOA慢速英语:American History: The 2000 Elections2017-04-18
This week in our series, we look at the presidential election of two thousand. It was an election that few Americans would soon forget.
VOA慢速英语:American History: The 1990s2017-04-18
For most of the nineteen nineties, the nation was at peace. The Soviet Union collapsed in nineteen ninety-one, bringing an end to years of costly military competition.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:美国历史:克林顿总统的法律问题2017-04-18
Clinton's past in Arkansas became the source of accusations and questions about his character as he was running for president. These included questions about financial dealings with a land development company called Whitewater.
VOA慢速英语:American History: Bill Clinton's Second Term2017-04-18
For four years now, to realize our vision, we have pursued a simple but profound strategy opportunity for all, responsibility from all, a strong united American community.
VOA慢速英语:American History: Bill Clinton's First Term as President2017-04-18
During his eight years as president, he appointed more women and minorities to the government than any president before him. He also appointed the second woman ever to serve on the Supreme Court.
VOA慢速英语:American History: Clinton Wins 1992 Election2017-04-18
This week in our series, we begin the story of Bill Clinton, America's forty-second president. He led the United States for eight years, from January of nineteen ninety-three to January of two thousand one.
VOA慢速英语:American History: The Presidency of George H.W. Bush2017-04-18
This week in our series, we continue the story of President George Herbert Walker Bush. He was elected the forty-first president of the United States in nineteen eighty-eight.
VOA慢速英语:American History: The Presidential Election of 19882017-04-18
Ronald Reagan was finishing his second term. He was America's fortieth president and one of the most popular. During his eight years in office, many Americans did well financially.
VOA慢速英语:American History: Life in the 1970s and '80s2017-04-18
This week in our series, we look back at some of the social issues and cultural changes in America in the nineteen seventies and eighties.
VOA慢速英语:American History: The Reagan Years2017-04-18
Soon after his presidency began, there was an attempt on his life. A gunman shot President Reagan in March nineteen eighty-one. Doctors removed the bullet. He rested, regained his strength and returned to the White House in twelve days.

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