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。

该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:民间摇滚:鲍勃·迪伦引领电吉他风潮2015-07-28
Fifty years ago, the well-loved musician Bob Dylan played at the Newport Folk Festival and was widely booed. The audience may have been unhappy but Dylan’s performance helped change the direction of music and culture in the United States.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:电影讲述的故事——心理健康和贫穷2015-07-25
Director Maya Forbes tells about her family and its struggles with depression, poverty and sex discrimination in her new film, Infinitely Polar Bear.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:犹太人和阿拉伯人通过音乐建立友谊2015-06-07
In Israel, music is bringing young people together and to make more than beautiful sounds. Four young musicians – two Israeli Jews, two Israeli Arabs – perform under the name the Polyphony Quartet. The Israel-based Polyphony Foundation formed the group.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:美籍华人夜总会改变种族偏见2015-05-18
In the 1930s, Asian-Americans performers did not have many opportunities in mainstream U.S. entertainment. These performers were limited to roles that simply made fun of their cultural heritage.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:地球之声:金属敲击乐2015-05-18
Sometimes you can feel the ring of a bell from your head to your feet. Take that idea and expand it and you may have an idea of what American composer Augusta Read Thomas has done. It is called Resounding Earth where different metals and over 100 bells from a wide mix of cultures and historic periods are used to create music.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:拉丁布鲁斯歌手伊芙琳卢比奥发布新专辑2015-05-08
Blues singer Evelyn Rubio has released a new CD that shows her abilities as a singer, songwriter and saxophone player. Ms. Rubio was born in Mexico but now lives in Houston, Texas, in the southwestern United States.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:迪士尼新影片《猴子王国 Monkey Kingdom》2015-04-25
Monkeys are entertaining. They can swing through trees, hang by their tails, play, dance, kiss and argue. A new Disney movie captures all of that and more.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:一些不太知名的蓝调音乐家发行唱片2015-04-21
BB King. Clarence Gatemouth Brown. Elmore James. These are some famous names in American blues music. You might have heard them before.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:母亲与儿子共同谱写自闭症儿童图书2015-04-18
Eighteen-year-old Burnie Rollinson has Asperger syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder. People with Asperger's have difficulty with communication, eye contact and relationships. Burnie's mother, Anita Rollinson, wanted to write a book to help people better understand the feelings of children with autism.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:4月6日美国职业棒球大联盟开幕日2015-04-07
Millions of Americans will attend opening day of Major League Baseball, a league of professional baseball players, on April 6. Then, at night, millions of people will watch on television as Duke University and the University of Wisconsin battle for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball championship.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:安吉丽娜·朱莉进行第二次手术预防癌症2015-03-27
Hollywood actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie told the world this week that she had had another operation to reduce her chance of getting cancer.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:一个马鞍制作者的秘密2015-03-23
People began riding horses thousands of years ago. Saddles for horseback riding were invented soon after. Today, many companies manufacture saddles. But it is rare to find someone who designs and makes these products by hand.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:好莱坞电影《灰姑娘》票房及周边产品齐火爆2015-03-19
Years ago, the American writer Kurt Vonnegut often said there was one story that would always make a million dollars: Cinderella.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:休斯顿牛仔竞技节和牲畜展2015-03-07
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is the largest event of its kind in the world. The yearly event features horse and bull riders from all over the huge state of Texas.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:青年作家用戏剧探索美国的种族与身份2015-02-27
At 30 years old, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins has already written a number of plays and been honored with several awards. His works for the theater look at race and identity in the United States. They have been performed in New York City and around the country. One of his plays, called An Octoroon, can now be seen at a theater in Brooklyn.
VOA慢速英语:‘Fifty Shades of Grey:’ Big Audiences, Bad Reviews2015-02-21
The movie Fifty Shades of Grey opened last week and sold more than $300 million worth of tickets worldwide. That is more than seven times the amount it cost to make the film.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:关于爱情的英语歌曲2015-02-15
Happy Valentines Day! In America, February 14 is a day devoted to love and romance. Today, we tell a story of love through song lyrics. It starts with the search for the perfect mate. . .
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:歌手萨姆·史密斯赢得格莱美大奖2015-02-10
Soulful singer Sam Smith was the big winner Sunday night at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California. Smith took home four awards: Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Album, Song of the Year and Record of the Year.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:超级碗周日开打:新英格兰爱国者VS西雅图海鹰2015-01-30
More than 100 million Americans will be doing the same thing this Sunday. Many will break into laughter at the same time, or cry out in moments of shared emotional suffering. And everyone will eat and drink.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:纽约的“地下艺术博物馆”2015-01-29
Millions of New Yorkers and visitors ride the city's subway and other trains each day. The public transportation system offers more than just a trip, however. It also has one of the most extensive public art collections in the world, with much of it under city streets.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:影片“美国狙击手”获奥斯卡提名2015-01-24
The Oscar-nominated film American Sniper is based on the trU.S.ory of American Chris Kyle. He formerly served as a member of the U.S. Navys Sea, Air and Land teams, also known as SEALs.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:画廊联网,一个点击即可欣赏画作2015-01-22
Now everyone can view one of the world's most important collection of Asian and American art. The Arthur M. Sackler and Freer Galleries of Art in Washington, D.C. have put their entire collection on the Internet.?
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:几个令人意外的奥斯卡提名2015-01-16
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced this year's Oscar nominations. As usual, not everyone is happy about the choices. The nominees were announced Thursday morning in Hollywood, California.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:猫王的两架飞机即将拍卖2015-01-09
January 8 is the birthday of American rock and roll legend Elvis Presley. He would have turned 80 years old on January 8. But, he died 1977 at the still young age of 42.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:带着家人环球旅行2014-12-26
Many families take their children on vacation. They will usually travel for a few days or weeks during school breaks. But Julie and Tim Rivenbark planned a longer vacation with their two children -- the Rivenbark family is on a one-year trip around the world. They plan to visit 30 countries in all.

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