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《厄舍古屋的倒塌》(三)2017-03-04
Sometimes it can feel like our world is falling apart around us. The problems in our lives seem to much and our relationships feel like they are coming to an end. Find out what happens to one whos life reaches a terrifying end in the last part of this classic American story.
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:埃德加·爱伦·坡《厄舍古屋的倒塌》(二)2017-02-25
Losing a loved one is very painful. This can be especially true is you have a small family. Find out the death of his sister may be more than just painful, but even deadly for one man in the second part of this classic American story, The Fall of the House of Usher, by Edgar Allan Poe.
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:埃德加·爱伦·坡《厄舍古屋的倒塌》(一)2017-02-18
Time separates people. The friends you know now are likely not the same ones you knew as a child. Sometimes reconnecting with old friends can be fun. Find out what happens when reconnecting is not such a happy event in the first part of this classic American story The Fall of the House of Usher.
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:埃德加·艾伦·坡《黑猫》2017-02-11
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 Black Cat, by Edgar Allen Poe.
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:埃德加·艾伦·坡《红死病魔的面具》2017-02-04
Disease is a scary problem for any country. Leaders in different countries deal with disease in different ways. But ignoring a major problem like disease never leads to a good result. Learn about a terrible disease and how a leader named Prospero deals with it in this classic American story.
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:欧·亨利《一千美元》2017-01-28
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)2017-01-21
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 creatures. Will he survive?
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:埃德加·赖斯·巴勒斯《火星公主》(三)2017-01-14
This is the third 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 was captured by a group of warriors on the planet Mars. John Carter continutes to tell about what happens to him...
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:埃德加·赖斯·巴勒斯《火星公主》(二)2017-01-07
This classic science fiction story by Edgar Rice Burroughs inspired many other writers. We hope you enjoy the second part of our four-part series. Last week, we met John Carter who begins the story. He enters a cave deep in the desert in the state of Arizona. There something happens....
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:埃德加·赖斯·巴勒斯《火星公主》(一)2016-12-31
Today, we begin a series from a book by American writer Edgar Rice Burroughs. The book is called A Princess of Mars. It is the first book in a series that Burroughs wrote about a man who travels to Mars and falls in love with a beautiful princess.
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:欧·亨利《麦琪的礼物》2016-12-24
This traditional American holiday story tells of a young couple trying to make their way in life. They struggle to find gifts for each other at Christmas time. What can they find to show their love for each other? Like other O. Henry stories, this one has a surprise ending.
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:杰克·伦敦《生火》2016-12-17
This story about a man fighting to survive in the cold should help you feel cooler if the weather is hot where you live. It tells about a young man who came to the Yukon and broke the most important rule of the old-timers: never travel alone, especially when it is 60 degrees below!
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:莎拉·奥恩·朱厄特《白鹭》2016-12-10
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 freedom of a beautiful wild creature.
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:马克·吐温《幸运》2016-12-03
Mark Twain, a beloved American writer, tells the story of an instructor in a military academy. He meets a young student, Scoresby, and decides to help him because he seems so foolish. As Scoresby pursues a career in the military, the instructor is surprised. Is his achievement due to luck alone?
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:纳撒尼尔·霍桑《羽毛冠 》2016-11-19
This classic American story features a scarecrow that comes to life. Find out what adventures he has as he looks for love and admiration. His only problem is that he has to keep puffing on the pipe the witch gave him. If he stops - something terrible may happen!
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:欧·亨利《两位感恩节绅士》2016-11-19
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 Gentlemen, by O. Henry.
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:华盛顿·欧文《魔鬼和汤姆·沃克》2016-11-13
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 price to pay.
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:华盛顿·欧文《睡谷传奇》2016-11-05
This classic American short story tells us about a schoolteacher named Ichabod Crane. He falls in love with a beautiful young woman,Katrina Van Tassel. But there is a problem, the heroic young man Brom Van Brunt. Who will win the affections of the lovely Miss Van Tassel? Read on to find out.
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:卡蒂·韦弗《格里夫斯路的男孩》2016-10-29
VOA Learning English is proud to present a story written by our own Caty Weaver. This story begins in a typical suburban American home, but the end is something really supernatural! Teachers and actors, see the script if you want to act out the story yourself on Halloween!
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》2016-10-22
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 you decide!
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:哈姆林·加兰德《The Return of a Private》2016-10-15
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 so much from the one she knew?
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:埃德加·爱伦·坡《泄密的心》2016-10-08
Edgar Allan Poe is known as an original writer of horror stories. Read and listen to this classic tale about a man who thinks he has committed the perfect crime. Not even the police think there is anything wrong - until the man starts to hear a heart. It is beating louder and louder...
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:斯蒂芬·克莱恩《The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky》(二)2016-10-01
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:英语短篇小说:斯蒂芬·克莱恩《The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky》(一)2016-09-24
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:凯特肖邦《一双丝袜》2016-09-17
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 what would be over $400 today.
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