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:波克派遣部队到墨西哥边境2014-05-08
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. James K. Polk moved into the White House after his swearing-in as the nations 11th president on March 4, 1845.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:德州问题成1844年总统竞选焦点2014-05-01
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. Last week on our program, we talked about the presidency of John Tyler.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:蒂珀卡努与泰勒带领辉格党入主白宫2014-04-24
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 November of 1840, the American people elected William Henry Harrison as their ninth president. Harrison was a retired general and a well-known Indian fighter.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话:来自古巴的奴隶船2014-04-18
From VOA Learning English, welcome to The Making of a Nation a weekly program of American history for people learning American English. Im Steve Ember in Washington. Last time, we talked about the Amistad case. The Amistad was a slave ship from Cuba. In 1839, it appeared off the eastern coast of the United States.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Abolitionists and Amistad Raise Slavery Issue2014-04-10
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 Washington.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话:约翰·昆西·亚当斯赢得1824年选举2014-02-07
From VOA Learning English, welcome to the Making of a Nation, our weekly program of American history for people learning English. Im Steve Ember. Last week we talked about slavery in new American states and whether Congress could set the conditions for statehood. The Missouri Compromise in 1820 settled the issue for a short time.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话41:詹姆斯·门罗第2部分:密苏里州要求重启奴隶制2014-01-30
From VOA Learning English, welcome to The Making of a Nation, our weekly program of American history for people learning English. Im Steve Ember. In 1823, President James Monroe introduced one of the most important foreign policy decisions in American history. It became known as the Monroe Doctrine.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话40:1816年詹姆斯·门罗当选总统2014-01-23
From VOA Learning English, welcome to The Making of a Nation, our weekly program of American history for people learning English. Im Steve Ember. President James Madison retired after eight years in office. His Republican party chose another Virginian, James Monroe, as its next presidential candidate.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:19世纪的美国圣诞节 - 建国史话特别节日版2013-12-19
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. Today Shirley Griffith and I present a special program on Christmas traditions in the United States during the first half of the 19th century.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话50:马丁·范布伦第2部分2013-12-14
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. Last time, we talked about Martin Van Buren. He was sworn in as the eighth president of the United States in 1837.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话49:1837年马丁·范布伦当选美国第八任总统2013-12-05
From VOA Learning English, welcome to The Making of a Nation our weekly history program of American history for people learning American English. Im Steve Ember. Last time, we talked about the election of Martin Van Buren as the eighth president of the United States.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话28:亚当斯总统避免与法国的战争2013-11-28
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 Americas second president, John Adams. He took office in 1797.
VOA慢速英语:John Adams Elected as Nation39's Second President -The Making of a Nation No. 27 - Adams Part 12013-11-21
From VOA Learning English, welcome to THE MAKING OF A NATION – American history in Special English. Im Steve Ember. In 1796 the new nation held its third presidential election. George Washington won the first two elections without opposition. But 1796 saw a change in American politics. That year, for the first time, there was more than one candidate for president.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:亚历山大·汉密尔顿建立全国性银行2013-11-14
From VOA Learning English, welcome to The Making of a Nation – American history in VOA Special English. Im Steve Ember. This week in our series we continue the story of Alexander Hamilton. He was the nations first secretary of the treasury. Alexander Hamilton firmly believed that no country could become a modern nation without industry.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:美国的第一任总统如何治理国家2013-11-01
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 tell the story of Americas first president, George Washington. The United States declared its independence from Britain on July 4,1776.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话47:安德鲁·杰克逊离任2013-10-24
From VOA Learning English, welcome to The Making of a Nation, our weekly program about American history for people learning English. Im Steve Ember. Andrew Jackson was nearing the end of his presidency. He had served two terms. For many Americans, Jackson remained incredibly popular. They liked that a poor boy from the frontier who could barely read and write grew up to become president.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:独立宣言的撰写2013-10-10
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 the story of the American Revolution. The year was seventeen seventy-five. Colonists in Massachusetts had fought battles with British troops in the towns of Lexington and Concord. War had not been declared.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:美国原住民与美国的历史2013-10-04
Welcome to the Making of a Nation – American history in VOA Special English. Im Steve Ember. This week in our series, we look at the history of early American Indians. The native peoples of North and South America came from Siberia thousands of years ago.
VOA慢速英语:建国史话47:Remember the Alamo! Andrew Jackson Part 32013-09-26
From VOA Learning English, welcome to The Making of a Nation, our weekly program of American history for people learning English. Im Steve Ember. The national election of 1832 put Andrew Jackson in the White House for a second term as president.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话46:安德鲁·杰克逊与美国银行2013-09-19
From VOA Learning English, welcome to The Making of a Nation, our weekly program of American history for people learning English. Im Steve Ember. This week we continue the story of the presidency of Andrew Jackson. Jackson took office in 1829. He was popular with many voters. They saw him as the symbol of the common man. But Jacksons first term seemed to be mostly a political battle with his vice president, John C. Calhoun.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话45:美国各州权利问题2013-09-12
From VOA Learning English, welcome to The Making of a Nation -- our weekly program of American history for people learning English. Im Steve Ember. Last week in our series, we talked about the election of 1828. General Andrew Jackson defeated President John Quincy Adams, after a campaign in which both sides made strong and bitter accusations.
VOA慢速英语:Andrew Jackson and the Election of 1828 - The Making of a Nation No. 442013-09-05
From VOA Learning English, welcome to The Making of a Nation, our weekly program of American history for people learning English. Im Steve Ember. This week in our series, we talk about the election of 1828. It was bitter and full of angry words and accusations.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话43:1825年的美国总统约翰·昆西·亚当斯2013-08-29
From VOA Learning English, welcome to The Making of a Nation, our weekly program of American history for people learning English. Im Steve Ember. John Quincy Adams was sworn in as president of the United States on March 4, 1825. A big crowd came to the Capitol building for the ceremony.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话42:1824年约翰·昆西·亚当斯面对贪污指控赢得选举2013-08-22
From VOA Learning English, welcome to the Making of a Nation, our weekly program of American history for people learning English. Im Steve Ember. Last week we talked about slavery in new American states and whether Congress could set the conditions for statehood.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:美国历史:密苏里州申请加入联邦要求重新开启奴隶制2013-08-16
From VOA Learning English, welcome to The Making of a Nation, our weekly program of American history for people learning English. Im Steve Ember. In 1823, President James Monroe introduced one of the most important foreign policy decisions in American history. It became known as the Monroe Doctrine.
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