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。

Theodore Roosevelt, America's 26th president, has said, "I would not have been president had it not been for my experience in North Dakota." Today, we visit a national park in the state named in his honor.
With mountains, beaches, forests, and glaciers, there is truly something for everyone in Washington States Olympic National Park.
You must have a strong desire to see Voyageurs to make the visit. It is not an easy place to get to. Much of the park is accessible only by boat.
The word forest may mislead visitors. The park is in a desert. And the word petrified -- which can mean afraid-- may scare visitors away! But fear not. Petrified Forest gets its name from the trees that have, over millions of years, turned to stone.
The Virgin Islands National Park is a tropical paradise on the island of St. John. The park covers more than half of the small island. It is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and the Caribbean Sea to the south.
Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park is both a beautiful place to visit, and a history lesson in glacier activity
This week, our national parks journey brings us to the state of Utah. Here, you will find narrow canyons, steep cliffs, and hidden river valleys. Welcome to Zion National Park!
This week on our national parks journey, we visit a mountainous landscape on America’s east coast. Within the park are rocky peaks, rolling green hills, and spectacular waterfalls. It is also famous for its autumn colors. Welcome to Shenandoah!
This week, we head to southern Florida. Here, you will find blue-green seas, marine wildlife, and islands that hold thousands of years of human history. Welcome to Biscayne National Park!
This week on our national parks journey, we head to the southeastern state of Kentucky. Here you will find rolling hills and thick green forests. But beneath the land is a strange and silent underground world. Welcome to Mammoth Cave National Park!
VOA慢速英语:美国最大国家公园:兰格尔-圣伊莱亚斯Wrangell-St. Elias2016-10-22
Today we are visiting a vast and remote park in the state of Alaska. The park is bigger than the country of Switzerland. It is six times the size of Yellowstone. In fact, it is the largest national park in America. Its name is Wrangell-St. Elias.
This week, we visit a park filled with strange and beautiful colored rock formations. These formations have been created over millions of years. They curve and narrow and balance on top of one another. Many seem to ignore the rules of gravity. Welcome to Arches National Park!
Our national parks journey this week takes us to the western state of Colorado. There, you will find a 77-kilometer-long canyon. The canyon is so narrow and so deep that sunlight shines only briefly at the bottom at midday. That frequent darkness is what has given this canyon its name.
Grand Teton National Park includes mountains where you can explore over two hundred miles of trails, boat on the Snake River, see historical sites or enjoy the peace of the place.
This week on our national parks journey, we head south to the state of Arkansas. It is home to a national park that is perfect for resting and renewing a tired body. Welcome to Hot Springs National Park!
Isle Royale is surrounded by the deep blue waters of Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake on Earth by area. The park’s quiet forests and rocky shores offer a kind of solitude and peace not found in some of the more popular national parks.
This week, we visit a place where you will find the worlds largest living things, as well as the tallest mountain in the continental United States. Welcome to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, in central California!
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:纪念美国国家公园管理局成立100周年2016-09-05
The year 2016 is the 100th anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service. Adventurer and traveler Mikah Meyer is celebrating in a big way. He is traveling all across America. He plans to visit each of the more than 400 National Park Service sites.
Denali’s grounds covers more than 2.4 million hectares. Within the park are glaciers, clear rivers, peaceful forests, and wildlife such as wolves, moose, bears, and sheep.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:缅因州成立新国家公园庆祝管理局成立100周年2016-08-31
The large area in the northeastern state of Maine is now protected from development. The state’s legislature and governor opposed the president’s decision. National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis called the area extraordinary.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:黄石公园:美国第一个国家公园2016-08-27
The National Park Service has overseen the nation’s national parks for 100 years. Today, hear about the nation’s first national park, Yellowstone. It is one of the great wild places left not only in America but the world.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:奥巴马创建世界上最大的海洋公园2016-08-27
A marine preserve is being expanded near the Hawaiian Islands. Environmentalists are happy with the decision, but commercial fishermen are upset because key fishing areas will be off-limits.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:美国国家公园管理局庆祝其成立100周年2016-08-27
Today the U.S. National Park Service turns 100. It was founded in 1916.
Many writers have tried to describe the wonder of the Grand Canyon. They use words like mysterious, overpowering, and strange. But it is not possible to put human meaning to such a place. The Grand Canyon truly is beyond words.
This week on our national parks journey, we travel to the northwestern state of Oregon. Here, you find will a huge, deep lake. It waters seem impossibly blue. It is the deepest lake in America and one of the deepest in the world. Its water among the clearest and purest found on Earth.