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 States2013-01-10
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):制定宪法之三2013-01-04
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):制定宪法之二2012-12-27
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2012-12-21
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2012-12-14
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2012-12-07
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?2012-11-29
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2012-11-23
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 World2012-11-17
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 Indian War2012-11-13
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 hundred fifty years ago.
VOA慢速英语:AMERICAN HISTORY: Slavery in the American South2012-10-26
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 thousand years ago.
VOA慢速英语:American History: Southern Colonies Develop on Farming Economy2012-10-19
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 Northeast2012-10-12
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 Cultures2012-10-06
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 settlers in North America and the native groups that had lived there for thousands of years before their arrival.
VOA慢速英语:American History: Westward Expansion Brings Explorers, Settlers in Contact with the Plains Indians2012-09-28
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 World2012-09-21
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 World2012-09-14
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 Start2012-09-06
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 9/112012-08-31
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 Election2012-08-24
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 Century2012-08-17
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 19882012-08-09
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 possibility of nuclear war with the Soviet Union did not seem as great a threat as it had in the past.
VOA慢速英语:American History: The Reagan Years2012-08-03
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”2012-07-27
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 1980s2012-07-19
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.

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