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 Stories(美国故事) 这一专题材节目安排在每星期六晚上播出。这样能使听众在学习和工作之余,得以轻松一下头脑。我们可以通过这一美国文学的“窗口”,接触各种流派、各类名家的文学作品。了解美国英语的时代特色,欣赏、学习美国人民运用语方的技巧,并从那些佳作名篇中获得艺术享受。该节目对短篇故事采取一次播一篇的方式,对中、长篇小说则先进行简写加工,再分几次播出全文。在播出故事正文之前,播音员常常先介绍故事的主要情节。对需要分几次节目时间播出的中长篇,在播第二或以后各部分之前,主持人还先重述已播部分的故事梗概,以唤起听众的回忆,使故事听起来更加连贯。

VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:埃德加·爱伦·坡《威廉·威尔逊》(二)2018-10-14
Young people can be very emotional. School children often argue with and fight each other, and friends can become enemies very quickly. Find out what happens when one young man decides he cannot live with another student who looks like him and shares his
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:埃德加·爱伦·坡《威廉·威尔逊》(一)2018-10-07
Young people often compete with each other to be the leader of their group of friends. But when two young people are evenly matched, it can cause problems for both. Find out how one young man deals with this situation in the first part of this classic Ame
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:赫尔曼·梅尔维尔《贝尼托·瑟雷诺》(三)2018-09-30
Today we complete the story of Benito Cereno, written by Herman Melville. As we told you in earlier parts of our story, rebel slaves seized the ship San Dominick off the coast of Chile. They killed many of its officers and crew. The captain, Benito Cereno
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:赫尔曼·梅尔维尔《贝尼托·瑟雷诺》(二)2018-09-23
This week we continue our version of a classic American Story by Herman Melville. It takes place on a sailing ship with a mystery. What happened to the sailors and the captain? Is it a mutiny? Or a revolt by enslaved people? Listen and read along to find
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:赫尔曼·梅尔维尔《贝尼托·瑟雷诺》(一)2018-09-16
This week we begin our version of a classic American Story by Herman Melville. It takes place on a sailing ship with a mystery. What happened to the sailors and the captain? Is it a mutiny? Or a revolt by enslaved people? Listen and read along to find out
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:华盛顿·欧文《魔鬼与汤姆·沃克》2018-09-09
In this classic American story, we learn about the hunt for a famous pirates treasure and the greedy desire for wealth. One couple, Mr. and Mrs Tom Walker, learn the danger of making a deal with the devil. They want the treasure but learn there is a high
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:欧·亨利《A retrieve reform》2018-09-02
If you do one bad thing in your life, are you a criminal? What if you do many bad things? Can you ever be good person once you become a criminal? Read about one man who wants to escape his past in this classic American short story, A Retrieved Reformation
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:欧·亨利《Transients in Arcadia》2018-08-26
People often dream about how their lives would be be different if they had more money or if they were born to a different family. Read about two people who just want to enjoy the best life has to offer in this classic American short story, Transients in A
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:欧·亨利《警察与国歌》2018-08-19
Life can be difficult for people all over the world. Some people work hard to get everything they want or need. Other people are happy with what life gives them. Read about one man who hopes to get just enough to survive in this classic American short sto
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:欧·亨利《心与十字架》(二)2018-08-12
Relationships can be difficult. What happens when you have a problem with someone you love? Read about a husband and wife who both feel they are in control in Part Two of this classic American Story, Hearts and Crosses, by O. Henry.
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:欧·亨利《心与十字架》(一)2018-08-05
Relationships can be difficult. What happens when you have a problem with someone you love? Read about a husband and wife who both feel they are in control in Part One of this classic American Story, Hearts and Crosses, by O. Henry.
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:欧·亨利《最后一片叶子》2018-07-29
Many artists live in the Greenwich Village area of New York. Two young women named Sue and Johnsy shared a studio apartment at the top of a three-story building. When Johnsy is sick, her friends try to help her fight the disease. Learn how they did it in
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:欧·亨利《哈里发、丘比特和时钟》2018-07-22
Often we can feel like there is not enough time in the world. Many people hurry through life and take little time to enjoy the world around them. Read about one mans belief that clocks are bad in this classic American Story, The Caliph, Cupid and the Cloc
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:欧·亨利《财神与弓箭手》2018-07-15
Can money buy everything? Read about it in this classic American story, Mammon and the Archer by O. Henry. A wealthy soapmaker tried to help his son find true love. They both learn how much love is worth.
VOA慢速英语:美国民间故事《佩克斯比尔》2018-07-08
Today we tell a traditional American story called a tall tale. A tall tale is a story about a person who is larger than life. The descriptions in the story are exaggerated – much greater than in real life. Long ago, the people who settled in undeveloped a
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:史蒂芬·克莱恩《蓝色旅馆》(四)2018-07-01
We present the fourth of four parts of the short story The Blue Hotel, by Stephen Crane.
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:埃利斯·帕克·巴特勒《猪就是猪》2018-06-26
Mike Flannery, the agent of the Interurban Express Company, leaned over the desk in the company's office in Westcote and shook his fist. Mr. Morehouse, angry and red, stood on the other side of the desk shaking with fury. The argument had been long and h
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:史蒂芬·克莱恩《蓝色旅馆》(三)2018-06-24
We present the third of four parts of the short story "The Blue Hotel," by Stephen Crane.
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:史蒂芬·克莱恩《蓝色旅馆》(二)2018-06-17
We present the second of four parts of the short story "The Blue Hotel," by Stephen Crane.
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:史蒂芬·克莱恩《蓝色旅馆》(一)2018-06-11
There are many stories about the period of American history when the western part of the country was called the wild west. There are as many false stories about this period as there are true ones. Read about one man who thinks he has entered the truly wil
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:凯特肖邦《雅典人》2018-06-04
Our story today is called Athenaise by Kate Chopin. Women in the United States long wanted to be independent. This classic American Story tells about a young married woman in the Bayou of Louisiana who questions her role as a wife. Can she have her person
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:汉姆林·加兰德《The Return of a Private》2018-05-27
A soldier is returning from the American Civil War. As he gets closer to home, his fears begin. He worries about how he will take care of his family and farm. He is tired and weak, and has little money. How will his wife react to this man who has changed
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:杰克·伦敦《目击证人的故事》2018-05-20
It is April 18,1906. The largest earthquake San Francisco has ever seen hits. Colliers magazine sends the famous American writer, Jack London, to report on the destruction and great loss of life. He describes the panic, a firestorm, and the flight of the
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:纳撒尼尔·霍桑《海德哥医生的试验》2018-05-13
Is there a Fountain of Youth? Read about it in this classic American story, Dr. Heideggers Experiment by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Several old men and one old woman find out and it changes their lives. They are young again and fight for the attention of a beau
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:安布罗斯·比尔斯《The Boarded Window》2018-05-07
A lonely old man lives in a log cabin alone. One window of the cabin has been boarded over for years. What is the mystery behind this strange window? Learn what happened the night the old man lost his wife in this classic American short story by Ambrose B
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:埃德加·爱伦·坡《黑猫》2018-04-29
Everyone likes to think they are a good person at heart. But sometimes people act in stranger sometimes dangerous ways. Often people feel like they lost control. Learn about what happens to one man who loses control in this classic American story The Blac
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:威拉·凯瑟《少年保尔》(二)2018-04-22
Paul was a student with a lot of problems. He hated school. In the conclusion to the short story, Pauls Case, we learn about the fate of the young man who didnt like living in an industrial town. What happens when he runs away to New York City?
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:威拉·凯瑟《少年保尔》(一)2018-04-16
WiIla Cather was a Pulitzer prize-winning American author. Her short story, Pauls Case, tells about a young man who does not feel he belongs in his home town. He wants to leave his high school and enjoy the finer things in life.
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:斯蒂芬·克莱恩《新娘来到黄天镇》(二)2018-04-08
Our story is called The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky. It was written by Stephen Crane. This is the second and final part of our story.
VOA慢速英语:美国民间传说《保罗·班扬》2018-04-03
Today we tell a traditional American story called a “tall tale.” A tall tale is a story about a person who is larger than life. The descriptions in the story are exaggerated – much greater than in real life. Here's a tall tale about Paul Bunyan, a her
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:斯蒂芬·克莱恩《新娘来到黄天镇》(一)2018-04-01
This weeks episode of American Stories features Part One of The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky by Stephen Crane. It tells the story of a newly married couple in the Old West. The face danger when they arrive in Yellow Sky.
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:菲茨-杰姆斯·奥布莱恩《钻石镜头》(二)2018-03-11
A man wants to build the perfect microscope, but he needs a large diamond. He finds someone who seems to have just what he needs. His friendship with the owner does not stop him from stealing it. Then he is amazed by the tiny world he sees in a drop of wa
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:菲茨-杰姆斯·奥布莱恩《钻石镜头》(一)2018-03-09
When I was ten years old, one of my older cousins gave me a microscope. The first time I looked through its magic lens, the clouds that surrounded my daily life rolled away. I saw a universe of tiny living creatures in a drop of water. Day after day, nigh
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:凯特·肖邦《一双丝袜》2018-03-02
What would you do with a little unexpected amount of money? Would you save it, spend it on necessities, or spend it on luxuries for yourself? That is the question that Mrs. Sommers faced one day. Read this classic American Story to find out how she spends
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:弗兰克·r·斯托克顿《美女还是老虎?》2018-03-02
Long ago, in very olden times, there lived a powerful king. Some of his ideas were progressive. But others caused people to suffer. This story is a classic tale of a tough decision. Which door has the tiger behind it, and which door has the lady? Well let
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:欧·亨利《一千美元》2018-03-02
One thousand dollars, said the lawyer Tolman, in a severe and serious voice. And here is the money. What can a person do with $1,000? Learn how one man spends the money he inherits in this classic story by O. Henry.
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:埃德加·赖斯·巴勒斯《火星公主》(四)2018-03-02
This is the fourth in our series of programs called A Princess of Mars. The story is from a series of books by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Last week, we told how John Carter observed a fierce battle between the green Martians and a race of red, human-like creat
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:赫尔曼·梅尔维尔《贝尼托·瑟雷诺》(一)2017-12-03
This week we begin our version of a classic American Story by Herman Melville. It takes place on a sailing ship with a mystery. What happened to the sailors and the captain? Is it a mutiny? Or a revolt by enslaved people? Listen and read along to find out
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:欧·亨利《红酋长的赎金》2017-11-26
Two kidnappers plan to take the child of an important man in a small Southern town. The 10-year-old boy gives the kidnappers more trouble than they ever expected. Find out what happens when the boy's father asks for money to take him back.
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:欧·亨利《两个感恩节的绅士》2017-11-26
Every country has traditions and holidays. Older countries may have more traditions. But younger nations love their traditions just as much. Read about two men who truly love one American holiday in this classic American short story, Two Thanksgiving Day
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:莎拉·奥恩·朱伊特《一个白鹭》2017-11-13
Our story today, A White Heron, is about a 9-year-old girl named Sylvie who moves from the city to live with her grandmother in the countryside of Vermont. Young Sylvie faces a very important decision when she is asked to choose between money and the free
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:埃德加·爱伦·坡《莫格街谋杀案》(五)2017-10-29
Sometimes complex problems have unusual answers. Crimes, like murder, are sometimes committed in strange ways, as well. Read about the surprising conclusion to a difficult mystery in this classic American short story by Edgar Allen Poe.
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:埃德加·爱伦·坡《莫格街谋杀案》(四)2017-10-09
When a mystery seems impossible to solve, August Dupin uses his special mental abilities to find the only possible solution. Read more about his experiences in this classic American short story by Edgar Allen Poe.
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:埃德加·爱伦·坡《莫格街谋杀案》(三)2017-10-01
Many crime stories today involve characters with special abilities they use to help the police. But many people consider August Dupin to be the very first example in writing of a person who uses special mental abilities to solve crimes. Read about him in
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:埃德加·爱伦·坡《莫格街谋杀案》(二)2017-09-25
Murder is a terrible crime. But it is also the subject of some of the most interesting and entertaining stories from all over the world. Read about how two men try to solve a very violent murder in Paris in this classic American short story by Edgar Allen
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:埃德加·爱伦·坡《莫格街谋杀案》(一)2017-09-20
Detectives are men and women whose job it is to solve crimes like murder. There are many famous detectives, but in the real world and in stories. Enjoy what many consider to be the first big detective story in the first of five parts of this classic Ameri
VOA慢速英语[双语]:英语短篇小说:欧·亨利《忘忧旅馆的过客》2017-09-17
People often dream about how their lives would be be different if they had more money or if they were born to a different family. Read about two people who just want to enjoy the best life has to offer in this classic American short story, 'Transients
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:欧·亨利《重新做人》2017-09-03
If you do one bad thing in your life, are you a criminal? What if you do many bad things? Can you ever be good person once you become a criminal? Read about one man who wants to escape his past in this classic American short story, A Retrieved Reformation
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:欧·亨利《心与十字架》(二)2017-08-09
Relationships can be difficult. What happens when you have a problem with someone you love? Read about a husband and wife who both feel they are in control in Part Two of this classic American Story, Hearts and Crosses, by O. Henry.
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:欧·亨利《警察和颂歌》2017-08-09
Life can be difficult for people all over the world. Some people work hard to get everything they want or need. Other people are happy with what life gives them. Read about one man who hopes to get just enough to survive in this classic American short sto
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