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: The 'Reagan Revolution,' a Crisis With Iran Ends2012-01-13
The months before Election Day in November of nineteen eighty were difficult for President Jimmy Carter. Many Americans blamed the Democrat for the nation's economic problems, including high inflation and high unemployment. Many also blamed him for not gaining the release of fifty-two American hostages in Iran.
VOA慢速英语:Carter brings Egypt's Sadat, Israel's Begin together for Peace Talks2012-01-05
It is January twentieth, nineteen seventy-seven. Inauguration Day. America's newly elected president, Jimmy Carter, is on his way to the White House after his swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol building.
VOA慢速英语:Little Known Democrat Defeats President Gerald Ford in 1976 Election2011-12-29
When Vice President Gerald Ford became president in nineteen seventy-four, he took office during a crisis. For the first time in American history, a president Richard Nixon had resigned.
VOA慢速英语:American History: Ford Leads Nation After Nixon Resigns2011-12-23
Gerald Ford was sworn into office on August ninth, nineteen seventy-four. Ford was vice president to Richard Nixon, who had announced the day before that he would resign.
VOA慢速英语:American History: Nixon Resigns Over Watergate2011-12-16
Richard Nixon's first term ended with the hope for a complete American withdrawal from the war in Vietnam. Yet Americans were still angry about the war and its economic effects on life at home. Inflation and unemployment were both high.
VOA慢速英语:American History: Nixon Goes to China2011-12-08
The year is nineteen sixty-nine. Richard Nixon, a Republican, is in the first year of his first term in office. His biggest foreign policy problem is the continuing war in Vietnam. During the election campaign, Nixon had promised to do something to end the war.
VOA慢速英语:American History: "Nixon's the One"2011-12-01
American forces, allied with the Army of South Vietnam, were continuing to fight against the communist forces of North Vietnam. Thousands of soldiers and civilians were dying. The Americans and South Vietnamese were making little progress, and there were anti-war demonstrations in the United States.
VOA慢速英语:American History: The Election of 19682011-11-24
Nineteen sixty-eight was a presidential election year in the United States. It was also one of the saddest and most difficult years in modern American history. The nation was divided by often violent disputes about civil rights and the war in Vietnam.
VOA慢速英语:American History: The 1960s, a Decade That Changed a Nation2011-11-18
The nineteen sixties began with the election of the first president born in the twentieth century John Kennedy. For many Americans, the young president represented 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: The Civil Rights Movement2011-11-10
The day is August twenty-eighth, nineteen sixty-three. More than two hundred fifty thousand people are gathered in Washington. Black and white, young and old, they demand equal treatment for black Americans. The nation's most famous civil rights leader, the Reverend Martin Luther King Junior, is speaking.
VOA慢速英语:AMERICAN HISTORY: Lyndon B. Johnson and the Vietnam War2011-11-03
Johnson was vice president to John F. Kennedy. Kennedy was murdered in Dallas in November of nineteen sixty-three. Johnson served the last fourteen months of the president's term. Then he won a full term of his own starting in January nineteen sixty-five.
VOA慢速英语:American History: Lyndon Johnson Becomes President2011-10-27
From Dallas Texas, the flash, apparently official, President Kennedy died at 1 PM Central Standard Time, two o'clock Eastern Standard Time.
VOA慢速英语:American History: Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis2011-10-20
This week in our series, we continue the story of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Kennedy, a Democrat, defeated Republican Vice President Richard Nixon in one of the closest elections in United States history. He took office in January nineteen sixty-one.
VOA慢速英语:American History: Kennedy Becomes President2011-10-14
We begin this week's story on January twentieth, nineteen sixty-one, the day John Fitzgerald Kennedy became president of the United States.
VOA慢速英语:American History: The Election of 19602011-10-07
Three days from now, after half a century in the service of our country, I shall lay down the responsibilities of office as, in traditional and solemn ceremony, the authority of the presidency is vested in my successor. This evening, I come to you with a message of leave-taking and farewell, and to share a few final thoughts with you, my countrymen.
VOA慢速英语:American History: The Cold War2011-09-23
The Cold War began after World War Two. The main enemies were the United States and the Soviet Union.
VOA慢速英语:American History: Popular Culture in '50s2011-09-16
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:American History: In the 1950s, Conflict in Korea2011-09-09
Today, we tell about the Korean War. The biggest problem facing Dwight Eisenhower when he became president of the United States was the continuing conflict in Korea.
VOA慢速英语:American History: The Election of 19522011-09-02
This week in our series, we look at the presidential election campaign of nineteen fifty-two. President Harry Truman decided not to seek re-election. The continuing war in Korea and economic problems at home had cost him the support of many Americans.
VOA慢速英语:American History: Truman's Second Term2011-08-25
Truman was sometimes called an accidental president. He only became president because he was vice president when Franklin Roosevelt died in nineteen forty-five.
VOA慢速英语:American History: Truman Wins the Election of 19482011-08-19
Presidential elections are exciting events in American politics. Few elections for the White House have been as exciting as the one in nineteen forty-eight. And few have had such surprising results.
VOA慢速英语:American History: How the Berlin Airlift Got Off the Ground2011-08-11
The Second World War ended with the surrender of Japan in August nineteen forty-five. Americans looked to their new president, Harry Truman, to lead them into a new time of peace.
VOA慢速英语:American History: The Rise of U.S. Influence After World War Two2011-08-04
Britain was once the most powerful nation in the world. It ruled a wide-reaching empire. This week in our series, we look at how British power gave way to American influence after World War Two.
VOA慢速英语:American History: Roosevelt's Death Makes Truman President2011-07-29
The House of Representatives ended the day's business early on the rainy afternoon of April twelfth, nineteen forty-five. The House Democratic leader, Speaker Sam Rayburn, invited a friend to come by his office for a drink. Be there around five, Rayburn said. Harry Truman is coming over.
voa慢速英语:罗斯福去世杜鲁门成为总统2011-07-28
The House of Representatives ended the day’s business early on the rainy afternoon of April twelfth, nineteen forty-five. The House Democratic leader, Speaker Sam Rayburn, invited a friend to come by his office for a drink. Be there around five, Rayburn said. Harry Truman is coming over.

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