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。

VOA慢速英语:American History: Social Revolution in the 1960s2012-07-13
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 minority groups.
VOA慢速英语:American History: Man on the Moon2012-07-05
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 Fifties2012-06-29
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 Living2012-06-22
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 Front2012-06-15
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, Hawaii.
VOA慢速英语:American History: D-Day Invasion of Europe2012-06-07
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 Age2012-05-31
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, development, and scientific education in the years to come.
VOA慢速英语:A Time Capsule of the United States between the Two World Wars2012-05-24
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 Election2012-05-11
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 Recession2012-05-03
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-Elected2012-04-26
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 Term2012-04-20
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 Iraq2012-04-12
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 one.
VOA慢速英语:American History: Life in the U.S. After the 9/11 Attacks2012-04-06
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 America2012-03-30
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 Elections2012-03-22
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 1990s2012-03-16
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2012-03-09
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 Term2012-03-02
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 President2012-02-24
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 Election2012-02-17
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. Bush2012-02-10
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 19882012-02-02
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 '80s2012-01-27
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 Years2012-01-20
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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