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慢速英语讲解:二十年代国民趋向保守2011-01-13
Americans experimented with many new customs and social traditions during the nineteen twenties. There were new dances, new kinds of clothes and some of the most imaginative art and writing ever produced in the United States.
voa慢速英语讲解:美国经济和社会兴旺的二十年代2010-12-30
The nineteen twenties were a time of economic progress for most Americans. During the administrations of President Warren Harding and President Calvin Coolidge, many companies grew larger, creating new jobs. Wages for most Americans increased. Many people began to have enough money to buy new kinds of products.
voa慢速英语讲解:柯立芝总统重建政府信任度2010-12-23
This week in our series, Steve Ember and Shirley Griffith talk about Calvin Coolidge and how he became president of the United States.
voa慢速英语:American History:Warren Harding Wins...2010-12-16
This week in our series, Doug Johnson and Shirley Griffith discuss the presidential election of nineteen twenty and the man who won, Warren Harding.
voa慢速英语:American History:Fear of Communism in...2010-12-10
The United States Constitution guarantees freedoms such as freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom of religion. The Bill of Rights in the Constitution protects these and other individual rights. But the government has not always honored all of the rights in the Constitution.
voa慢速英语讲解:二十年代电影业开始发展2010-12-02
In the years after World War One, new technologies changed America. Technology made it possible for millions of people to improve their lives. It also brought great changes in American society.
voa慢速英语讲解:一战后美国开始解决内部问题2010-11-25
The years after World War One were an important turning point in the making of the American nation. The country turned away from the problems of Europe. Now it would deal with problems of its own.
voa慢速英语:American History:Wilson Urges Support for...2010-11-19
After the end of World War One, President Woodrow Wilson sought national support for his idea of a League of Nations. He took his appeal directly to the American people in the summer of nineteen nineteen.
voa慢速英语:American History Series:In November 1918...2010-11-04
This week in our series, Barbara Klein and Doug Johnson tell about President Woodrow Wilson and his part in events after the war.
voa慢速英语讲解:第一次世界大战结束2010-10-29
This week in our series, Larry West and Maurice Joyce continue the story of President Woodrow Wilson and American involvement in World War One.
voa慢速英语:American History:General Pershing Leads...2010-10-21
In nineteen seventeen, Europe was at war. It was the conflict known as World War One. After three years of fighting, Europe's lands were filled with the sights and sounds of death. But still, the armies of the Allies and the Central Powers continued to fight.
voa慢速英语:American History:German Sub Attacks...2010-10-14
There was one main issue in America's presidential election of nineteen sixteen. That issue was war. Europe was in the middle of what is now remembered as World War One. It was the bloodiest conflict the world had ever known.
voa慢速英语:American History:Foreign Events Begin to2010-09-30
Woodrow Wilson's first year as president showed the American people that they had elected a strong and effective leader. Wilson took office in nineteen thirteen. He moved quickly to fulfill his campaign promises. He won congressional approval for lower import taxes, a new tax on earnings, and restrictions on the power of big companies.
voa慢速英语:Woodrow Wilson Takes Office Seeking Tax...2010-09-24
Wilson belonged to the Democratic Party. He was progressive in his belief that government should take an active part in efforts for social reforms.
voa慢速英语讲解:塔夫脱,威尔逊,罗斯福参加1912年选举2010-09-16
The first ten years of the twentieth century in America were shaped by the strong leadership of President Theodore Roosevelt. And in the second decade, he returned to national politics to bring, once more, dramatic changes to the United States.
voa慢速英语:The Republican Party Is Split Over William...2010-09-09
June eighteenth, nineteen ten, was an exciting day for Theodore Roosevelt. It was the day that the former American president returned from a long trip to Africa and Europe. Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in New York City to welcome him home. There were speeches and bands and a parade.
voa慢速英语:Taft Wins Presidency Promising Continued Reform2010-09-02
The United States did not play a very large part in world events during the eighteen hundreds. At the beginning of the nineteen hundreds, however, it expanded its interests throughout the world.
voa慢速英语:American History:Roosevelt Exercises US...2010-08-26
Theodore Roosevelt was president of the United States during the early years of the twentieth century. He was a forceful leader. His national policies led to social reforms and federal protection of nature.
voa慢速英语:Panama Breaks With Colombia,Clearing Way...2010-08-19
Theodore Roosevelt became president of the United States at the beginning of the nineteen hundreds. He firmly believed in expanding American power in the world.
voa慢速英语讲解:罗斯福与强大的商业利益斗争2010-08-13
Theodore Roosevelt became president of the United States at the beginning of the twentieth century. It was a time of great technological progress in the United States.
voa慢速英语:American History:Teddy Roosevelt Leads Nation...2010-08-05
In September of nineteen hundred and one, President William McKinley was assassinated. His vice president, Theodore Roosevelt, was sworn in to replace him.
voa慢速英语:占领菲律宾,美国成为远东大国2010-07-29
The war between the United States and Spain in eighteen ninety-eight was one of the shortest in American history. The fighting lasted about three months.
voa慢速英语讲解:条约使美国西班牙战争迅速结束2010-07-22
On December tenth, eighteen ninety-eight, the United States and Spain signed a treaty in Paris officially ending the war between them. However, the fighting had stopped much earlier.
voa慢速英语讲解:关于古巴导致美国西班牙战争的争议2010-07-15
The Spanish-American War took place in the late eighteen hundreds during the administration of President William McKinley. This week in our series, Harry Monroe and Kay Gallant tell the story of that war.
voa慢速英语:U.S.Influence Begins to Extend Far Beyond...2010-07-08
During the second half of the nineteenth century, the United States was not concerned much with events in other countries. It was too busy dealing with events inside its own borders. At that time, the nation was recovering from the Civil War. It was expanding to the West. And it was developing industries.

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