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40:詹姆斯·门罗于1816年当选总统2013-08-09
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:建国史话39:1812年战争结束2013-08-02
From VOA Learning English, welcome to The Making of a Nation, our weekly program of American history for people learning English. Im Steve Ember. We have been talking about the War of 1812 between the United States and Britain.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话38:1812年国歌在战争中诞生2013-07-25
From VOA Learning English, welcome to The Making of a Nation, our weekly program of American history for people learning English. Im Steve Ember. Today, we tell the story of how a British attack on Fort McHenry in the port of Baltimore led to The Star-Spangled Banner, Americas national anthem.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:麦迪逊在1812年向英国宣战2013-07-18
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 United States declared war on Britain in 1812. It did so because Britain refused to stop seizing American ships that traded with France—Britains enemy in Europe.
VOA慢速英语:Tense Relations with England Erupt into War of 1812 - James Madison Part 1 - Program No. 362013-07-11
From VOA Learning English, welcome to The Making of a Nation, our weekly program of American history for people learning English. Im Steve Ember. James Madison of Virginia was elected president of the United States in 1808. He was inaugurated in Washington on March 4, 1809.
VOA慢速英语:The Declaration of Independence - Program No. 122013-07-04
From VOA Learning English, this is The Making of a Nation – American history in Special English. Im Steve Ember. This week in oU.S.ries, 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:美国革命 - 11号计划2013-06-27
From VOA Learning English, this is The Making of a Nation. American history in Special English. Im Steve Ember. This week in oU.S.ries, we look at the start of the American Revolution.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:美国史话:美洲殖民地与英国的关系2013-06-20
From VOA Learning English, this is The Making of a Nation – American history in VOA Special English. Im Steve Ember. This week in oU.S.ries, we tell about relations between the American colonies and Britain after the French and Indian War about two hundred fifty years ago.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:建国史话:欧洲18世纪的冲突2013-06-13
From VOA Learning English, this is The Making of a Nation. American history in VOA Special English. Im Steve Ember. This week in oU.S.ries we tell about the conflicts among the nations in Europe during the eighteenth century and how they affected North America.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Making of a Nation:Southern Expansion - Program No. 72013-06-07
From VOA Learning English, this is The Making of a Nation – American history in Special English. Im Steve Ember. This week in oU.S.ries, we finish the story of the first thirteen American colonies. Well tell about how the southern colonies developed.
VOA慢速英语:Thomas Jefferson Has Lasting Influence on the United States - Program No. 352013-05-30
From VOA Learning English, welcome to The Making of a Nation, our weekly program of American history for people learning English. Im Steve Ember. We have been talking about Thomas Jeffersons second term as president. Historian Joseph Ellis calls it a disaster, defined by the trade embargo and the looming War of 1812.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Jefferson Arranges Louisiana Purchase - Pgm No.332013-05-16
From VOA Learning English, welcome to THE MAKING OF A NATION, our weekly program of American history for people learning English. Im Steve Ember. Weve been discussing the presidency of Thomas Jefferson. He was Americas third president, elected in 1800.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Jefferson Moves to Cut Debt, Spending - Pgm No. 322013-05-09
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 our last program, we talked about President Thomas Jeffersons decisions about who would be in his new government.
VOA慢速英语:Making of a Nation:Alexander Hamilton2013-05-04
Welcome to The Making of a Nation – American history in VOA Special English. Im Steve Ember. Today we begin the story of Alexander Hamilton. He was one of the countrys founding fathers. He never became president. He did, however, become the countrys first secretary of the treasury.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:托马斯·杰斐逊总统的就职演说2013-04-25
From VOA Learning English,Welcome to THE MAKING OF A NATION – a program of American history for people learning english. Im Steve Ember. On March fourth, eighteen-oh-one, Thomas Jefferson walked to the Capitol building in Washington. He was about to be inaugurated as the third president of the United States.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:1860年的美国总统大选2013-04-18
Welcome to THE MAKING OF A NATION – an American history series in VOA Special English. The presidential election of eighteen hundred is our subject this week. The candidates included President John Adams of the Federalist Party and Vice President Thomas Jefferson of the Republican Party. Here with our story are Frank Oliver and Shep ONeal.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:American History Series:From Revolutionary War Hero to President2013-03-19
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 tell the story of America's 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:American History:The Shot Heard Around the World2013-03-08
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 look at the start of the American Revolution. The road to revolution in the late seventeen hundreds took several years. There were protests against the British policy of taxing the colonies without giving them representation in Parliament.
VOA慢速英语:AMERICAN HISTORY: Eighteenth Century Conflicts in Europe Affect North America2013-02-28
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 the conflicts among the nations in Europe during the eighteenth century and how they affected North America.
VOA慢速英语:American History: Westward Expansion Brings Explorers, Settlers in Contact with the Plains Indians2013-02-22
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. The native peoples of North and South America came from Siberia thousands of years ago.
VOA慢速英语:American History: Columbus Discovers the New World2013-02-14
STEVE EMBER: Welcome to THE MAKING OF A NATION American history in VOA Special English. I'm Steve Ember. 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 Series: The Heart and Soul of the Constitution2013-02-08
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 with the history of the United States Constitution. The Constitution became law once nine of America's 13 original states ratified it.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:American History: Ratifying the Constitution2013-02-02
From VOA Learning English, welcome to THE MAKING OF A NATION – American history in Special English. I'm Steve Ember. Today, we continue our story of the United States Constitution. In recent weeks, we told the story of how the Constitution was written.
VOA慢速英语:American History: Signing the Constitution in Philadelphia2013-01-26
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(20):制定宪法之五2013-01-18
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.In May of 1787, a group of Americas early leaders met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to amend the Articles of Confederation.

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