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。

American Mosaic(美国万花筒) American Mosaic是一个radio magazine(广播杂志)节目。该节目题材广泛、内容丰,展示着美国社会文化生活中比较轻松愉快的生活画面;听众收听该节目就如同在阅读一本图文并茂的杂志。它每次有三到五个小节目,涉及音乐、图书、技术和教育等方面的内容。我们既可以从中欣赏到著名歌唱的优秀歌曲,对美国音乐有所了解,又可以获取一些生动有趣的现代美国社会生活知识,随着播音员那亲切悦耳的声音步入美国风景如画的大好河山;同时还能听到世界各地的听众提出的有关英语语方文学等方面的问题和电台的解答。

[VOA万花筒]Little Kids Making a Big Difference Through Community Service2005-07-31
Amanda LaMunyon lives in Oklahoma. She is fourteen years old. She was identified with Asperger's syndrome at the age of eight. She had been having trouble at school. Her teachers said the little girl knew all the rules but could not seem to follow them.
[VOA万花筒]A New Look at Abraham Lincoln's Life, and Death, in Washington2005-07-24
Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C, re-opened its museum last week. The museum not only honors the death of Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president. It also celebrates his life.
[VOA万花筒]Jean Shin Makes Art From Everyday Objects2005-07-17
One of the first works in the "Common Threads" exhibit looks like glowing orange cave formations coming out of the floor and ceiling. If you move closer to the sculptures, you realize they are made up of thousands of carefully stacked small plastic bottles for storing medicines.
[VOA万花筒]How Did He Do It? Lakers Coach Phil Jackson and His 10 NBA Titles2005-07-10
On June fourteenth, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Orlando Magic to win the National Basketball Association championship. But that was not the only major victory that night.
[VOA万花筒]Folklife Festival Takes Visitors to the Ancient Country of Wales2005-07-03
For forty-three years, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival has been bringing cultures from the United States and from around the world to Washington, D.C. Visitors to this year's outdoor festival can explore the music, history, art and food of Wales.
[VOA万花筒]US Gay Movement Makes Considerable, Controversial Gains2005-06-24
Gays and lesbians in the United States have made considerable progress in recent years in their fight for the same legal rights as heterosexual Americans.
[VOA万花筒]American Mosaic - Energy Secretary Says Green Homes Need White Roofs2005-06-20
Green collar jobs, eco-tourism, organic foods, sustainable industry, environmentally friendly businesses, the list goes on. People are trying to find simple ways to decrease their effect on the planet. Faith Lapidus considers some recent suggestions for protecting Mother Earth.
[VOA万花筒]Action, Drama, Terror and Comedy at Theaters This Summer Film Season2005-06-14
Summertime is big business in the movie theaters. And so far this summer, Hollywood is doing well, even in a recession. Last week, we talked about the movie "Star Trek." It is still the top moneymaker so far this season.
[VOA万花筒]American Mosaic - Speeches That Sent Off '09 College Graduates2005-06-05
Most colleges and universities have a special person speak to their students during graduation ceremonies. Mario Ritter tells us about several graduation speeches given last month by some very famous speakers.
[VOA万花筒]American Mosaic - Map Whizzes Test Their Skills at the National Geographic Bee2005-05-31
In nineteen eighty-nine, the National Geographic Society decided to do something about the lack of knowledge about geography among American students.
[VOA万花筒]American Mosaic - The Empire State Building Goes Green2005-05-22
The tallest building in New York City is "going green." No...the Empire State Building is not being painted. But it is getting an environmental make-over. Faith Lapidus tells about the planned changes.
[VOA万花筒]American Mosaic - A Colorful Exhibit Tells About Amish Traditions2005-05-15
]Visitors can enjoy the striking artistry of these quilts as well as the extraordinary skill of the women who made them. Barbara Klein tells us more.
[VOA万花筒]American Mosaic - Star Humanitarians Use Their Fame to Bring Attention to Causes2005-05-11
Leonardo DiCaprio is best known for his roles as adventurous young men in popular movies including "Titanic," "The Aviator" and "Blood Diamond." But the thirty-four year old actor has taken on an important role in real life as well.
[VOA万花筒]Most of New Orleans Still Struggles to Recover2005-01-23
The French Quarter and Garden District are two of New Orleans' most famous and popular neighborhoods. Walking through these historic areas, visitors today might find it hard to believe that a deadly storm swept through the city over four years ago.
[VOA万花筒]Americans Sing the Praises of TV's 'Glee'2005-01-08
We answer a question today from China about an American term. Ella wants to know what it means to "eighty-six" something. She says she heard the term in a movie.