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:欧·亨利《哈里发、丘比特和时钟》2017-04-22
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:埃德加·爱伦·坡《威廉·威尔逊》(四)2017-04-21
Every action has a result, whether good or bad. At some point in your life you must face the results of all your actions. Find out what happens when a man faces the result of a life of bad choices in the final part of this classic American story by Edgar
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:埃德加·爱伦·坡《威廉·威尔逊》(三)2017-04-21
There are many ways a person can do harm to someone else. Some types of harm are more dangerous than others. But they are always damaging in some way. Find out what happens to one young man who does not care how he harms others in this classic American st
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:埃德加·爱伦·坡《威廉·威尔逊》(二)2017-04-21
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)2017-04-21
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:欧·亨利《财神与爱神》2017-04-21
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——保罗·布尼扬2017-04-21
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. Heres a tall tale about Paul Bunyan, a hero of No
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:欧·亨利《财神与爱神》2017-04-18
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——保罗·布尼扬2017-04-18
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. Heres a tall tale about Paul Bunyan, a hero of No
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:埃德加·爱伦·坡《威廉·威尔逊》(四)2017-04-18
Every action has a result, whether good or bad. At some point in your life you must face the results of all your actions. Find out what happens when a man faces the result of a life of bad choices in the final part of this classic American story by Edgar
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:埃德加·爱伦·坡《威廉·威尔逊》(三)2017-04-18
There are many ways a person can do harm to someone else. Some types of harm are more dangerous than others. But they are always damaging in some way. Find out what happens to one young man who does not care how he harms others in this classic American st
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:埃德加·爱伦·坡《威廉·威尔逊》(二)2017-04-18
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)2017-04-18
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:埃德加·爱伦·坡《厄舍古屋的倒塌》(三)2017-04-18
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 cla
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)2017-04-18
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 Hous
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)2017-04-18
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 Ameri
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:埃德加·艾伦·坡《黑猫》2017-04-18
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:埃德加·艾伦·坡《红死病魔的面具》2017-04-18
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 wi
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:欧·亨利《一千美元》2017-04-18
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)2017-04-18
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:埃德加·赖斯·巴勒斯《火星公主》(三)2017-04-18
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 ab
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:埃德加·赖斯·巴勒斯《火星公主》(二)2017-04-18
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 Ariz
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:埃德加·赖斯·巴勒斯《火星公主》(一)2017-04-18
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》2017-04-18
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
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:杰克·伦敦《生火》2017-04-18
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 w
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:莎拉·奥恩·朱厄特《白鹭》2017-04-18
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:马克·吐温《幸运》2017-04-18
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 surpris
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:纳撒尼尔·霍桑《羽毛冠 》2017-04-18
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
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:欧·亨利《两位感恩节绅士》2017-04-18
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:华盛顿·欧文《魔鬼和汤姆·沃克》2017-04-18
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:华盛顿·欧文《睡谷传奇》2017-04-18
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
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:卡蒂·韦弗《格里夫斯路的男孩》2017-04-18
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 your
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》2017-04-18
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:哈姆林·加兰德《The Return of a Private》2017-04-18
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:埃德加·爱伦·坡《泄密的心》2017-04-18
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
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:斯蒂芬·克莱恩《The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky》(二)2017-04-18
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)2017-04-18
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》2017-04-18
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:菲茨詹姆斯·奥布莱恩《钻石镜头》(二)2017-04-18
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:菲茨詹姆斯·奥布莱恩《钻石镜头》(一)2017-04-18
This story by a little-known American writer tells of a young man with a strong desire. He wants to learn how to use a microscope to see a tiny world. He tries to talk with a ghost to learn a secret from the inventor of the microscope. What will happen wh
VOA慢速英语:'Pigs Is Pigs,' by Ellis Parker Butler2017-04-18
Mr. Morehouse wants to send two small guinea pigs to another town. They are pets. The problem is, the man at the shipping office wants to charge him a higher rate, for farm animals. How can this confusion be cleared up? Find out in this very funny episode
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:安布罗斯·比尔斯《空中的骑士》2017-04-18
Carter Druse lived in Virginia, a southern state during the American Civil War. He had a tough decision to make - should he join the Confederate Army or the Union Army? Read this classic American Story to find out what decision he makes, and what it means
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:安布罗斯·比尔斯《The Boarded Window》2017-04-18
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:安布罗斯·比尔斯《枭河桥记事》2017-04-18
The occurrence, or event, in our story takes place during the Civil War of the eighteen sixties between the American states of the north and the states of the south. A group of soldiers is hanging a southern farm owner for trying to stop northern military
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:欧·亨利《带家具出租的房间》2017-04-18
Love is a powerful emotion. It can make people do almost anything. But sometimes love is not enough to keep people together. Read about one man looking for his lost love in this classic American short story, The Furnished Room by O. Henry.
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:欧·亨利《重获新生》2017-04-18
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《二十年后》2017-04-18
Time changes many things. The people you were friends with when you were young may be very different now from the way they were when they were younger. Read about two friends whose lives took very different paths in this classic American short story, Afte
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:欧·亨利《世外桃源的过客》2017-04-18
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《From the Cabby's Seat》2017-04-18
When all you care about is money, you might treat the people around you badly. Have you ever done something to a loved on that you immediately regret? Read about a man whose job causes him to treat everyone around him badly in this classic American short
VOA慢速英语:英语短篇小说:欧·亨利《证券经纪人的浪漫故事》2017-04-18
Life is often very busy. Sometimes you may not have enough time to do everything you want. Read about one man who forgets everything but work in this classic American story, The Romance of a Busy Broker, by O. Henry.
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