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。

该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:美国前总统乔治·赫伯特·沃克·布什逝世2018-12-03
Before he became president in 1989, Bush had a lot of experience in government. He spent four years in the United States House of Representatives, worked as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and led the Central Intelligence Agency, or CIA. Then,
VOA慢速英语:美国第43任总统:乔治·w·布什2017-12-26
VOA Learning English presents America’s Presidents. George W. Bush is only the second son of a president to become president. The first pair were John Ad...
VOA慢速英语:美国第42任总统:威廉·杰斐逊·克林顿2017-12-19
Clinton took office in 1993, and was re-elected in 1996. In many ways, historians consider his time in office a success. The economy expanded, and the country was largely at peace.
VOA慢速英语:美国第51届第41任总统:乔治·H·W·布什2017-12-13
Before he became president in 1989, Bush had a lot of experience in government. He spent four years in the United States House of Representatives, worked as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and led the Central Intelligence Agency, or CIA. Then,
VOA慢速英语:美国第40任总统:罗纳德·里根2017-12-05
Today we are talking about Ronald Reagan. He was president for two terms, and served from 1981 to 1989. Before that, he was the governor of California, worked as an actor and led a labor union. As president, Reagan is credited for changing the direction o
VOA慢速英语:美国第39任总统:吉米卡特2017-11-28
Carter was elected president in 1976. Until he campaigned for the office, few Americans knew who he was. But Carter said his lack of experience with the federal government made him the best candidate. After witnessing years of problems in the White House,
VOA慢速英语:美国第38任总统:杰拉尔德·福特2017-11-21
Many historians have described Ford as a good man facing a difficult situation. He tried to fix a troubled economy, end United States involvement in Vietnam, and show people that the U.S. government could continue to operate after a crisis.
VOA慢速英语:美国第37任总统:理查德•尼克松2017-11-14
Nixon is well-known to many Americans for one reason: he was the only president to resign from the position. Facing possible legal action by Congress, Nixon left office early in his second term.
VOA慢速英语:美国第34任总统:德怀特·戴维·艾森豪威尔2017-11-11
VOA Learning English presents America’s Presidents. Today we are talking about Dwight Eisenhower. He took office in 1953 and was re-elected in 1956. Dwig...
VOA慢速英语:美国第36任总统:林登·约翰逊2017-11-07
Lyndon Johnson: Complicated VOA Learning English presents America’s Presidents. Today we are talking about Lyndon Johnson. He was the vice president under John F. Kennedy. Lyndon Johnso...
VOA慢速英语:美国第35任总统:约翰·肯尼迪2017-10-31
John Kennedy: Young VOA Learning English presents America’s Presidents. Today we are talking about John Fitzgerald Kennedy. He was also known as Jack Kennedy, or by the letters JFK. Whe...
VOA慢速英语:美国第33任总统:哈里·S·杜鲁门2017-10-17
Truman took office after Franklin Roosevelt died suddenly of a cerebral hemorrhage. Roosevelt had been president for 12 years. But Truman was new to the position of vice president. Two other men had earlier served in the office under Roosevelt.
VOA慢速英语:美国第32任总统:富兰克林·罗斯福(二)2017-10-10
Today we are talking about Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Earlier we told about his rise to power, and his health problems. When he was 39 years old, FDR – as he was often called – became paralyzed from the waist down. He was never able to walk independently
VOA慢速英语:美国第32任总统:富兰克林·罗斯福2017-10-03
Today we are talking about Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He was related to an earlier president with same last name, Theodore Roosevelt. Many Americans call Franklin Roosevelt by the first letter of each word in his full name: FDR.
VOA慢速英语:美国第28任总统:伍德罗·威尔逊2017-10-01
Today we are talking about Woodrow Wilson. He served two terms, from 1913 to 1921, and led the United States through the first World War.
VOA慢速英语:美国第30任总统:卡尔文·柯立芝2017-10-01
Today we are talking about Calvin Coolidge. He was the vice president under Warren Harding. When Harding died suddenly a little more than two years into his term, Coolidge became president.
VOA慢速英语:美国第29位总统:沃伦·甘梅利尔·哈定2017-10-01
Today we are talking about Warren Harding. He was the 29th president of the United States. Harding was very different from the 28th president, Woodrow Wilson. Wilson supported change; Harding promised a return to normalcy.
VOA慢速英语:美国第31任总统:赫伯特·克拉克·胡佛2017-10-01
Hoover was president for the early years of what Americans call the Great Depression. During those years, the United States economy slid into a severe recession. Many banks and businesses failed. At times, nearly one in four people in the U.S. workforce w
VOA慢速英语:美国第27位总统:威廉·塔夫脱(William Taft)2017-08-29
n some ways, the story of Taft’s presidency is also a story about Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency. Roosevelt had been president for the eight years before Taft. The two men were friends; Roosevelt was even a mentor to Taft.
VOA慢速英语:美国第26任总统:西奥多·罗斯福2017-08-22
Many Americans like to call him Teddy Roosevelt or even T.R. These nicknames for the president show that Roosevelt was, in general, popular with the public. He is one of the four presidents whose face can be seen on Mount Rushmore, a memorial to famous U.
VOA慢速英语:美国第25任(第29届)总统:威廉·麦金莱2017-08-15
Today we are talking about William McKinley. He took office in 1897 and was re-elected in 1900. He led the United States into the 20th century.
VOA慢速英语:美国第23任总统:本杰明·哈里森2017-08-08
His family name may sound familiar. That is because he was the grandson of President William Henry Harrison. That situation is unique in U.S. history so far.
VOA慢速英语:美国第22任总统:格罗弗·克利夫兰2017-08-01
Today we are talking about Grover Cleveland. When Americans remember him, it is mostly because he makes writing presidential timelines difficult. Cleveland was the nation’s 22nd president, and also its 24th.
VOA慢速英语:美国第21任总统:切斯特·艾伦·阿瑟2017-07-25
Arthur took office because because of an unexpected event. He was sworn in as Vice President in March 1881 under James Garfield.
VOA慢速英语:美国第20任总统:詹姆斯·加菲尔德2017-07-18
Today we are talking about James Garfield. He was the 20th president of the United States. Garfield is not one of the best-known presidents. He served only 100 days before he was shot. Eleven weeks later, he died from his wounds.
VOA慢速英语:美国第十九任总统:卢瑟福·海耶斯2017-07-11
Today we are talking about Rutherford B. Hayes. He took office in 1877 and was president during the end of what Americans call Reconstruction – the period following the Civil War.
VOA慢速英语:美国第18任总统:尤里西斯·辛普森·格兰特2017-07-04
Today we are talking about Ulysses S. Grant. He took office in 1869. But his presidency is not what made him famous. Grant is best remembered for being the commander of Union forces at the end of the Civil War. He led the United States to victory over the
VOA慢速英语:美国第17任总统:安德鲁·约翰逊(Andrew Johnson)2017-06-27
Today we are talking about Andrew Johnson. Johnson was vice president under Abraham Lincoln, and became president in 1865 after Lincoln was killed.
VOA慢速英语:美国第16任总统:亚伯拉罕林肯(三)2017-06-19
As a wartime president, Lincoln was known for several things. He was actively involved in plotting the military campaign. He also greatly increased the power of the presidency, even beyond what the U.S. Constitution.
VOA慢速英语:美国第16任总统:亚伯拉罕林肯(二)2017-06-19
Today we are continuing with the second part of our story about Abraham Lincoln.
VOA慢速英语:美国第16任总统:亚伯拉罕林肯2017-06-19
He was the 16th president of the United States. Many Americans consider him one of country’s greatest leaders.
VOA慢速英语:美国第15任总统詹姆斯·布坎南:被动2017-06-19
Today we are talking about James Buchanan, the 15th president of the United States.
VOA慢速英语:美国第14任总统富兰克林皮尔斯(Franklin Pierce)2017-05-23
Over time, Franklin Pierce has come to be remembered as one of the country’s worst presidents.
VOA慢速英语:美国第13任总统:米勒德·菲尔莫尔2017-05-16
VOA Learning English presents America’s Presidents. Today we are talking about Millard Fillmore, the 13th president of the United States.
VOA慢速英语:美国第12任总统:扎克里·泰勒2017-05-09
VOA Learning English presents America’s Presidents. Today we are talking about Zachary Taylor, the 12th president. He took office in 1849.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:美国第十一任总统:黑马詹姆斯·波克2017-05-02
VOA Learning English presents America’s Presidents. James Knox Polk moved into the White House as the 11th president of the United States in 1845.
VOA慢速英语:第十任美国总统:约翰·泰勒2017-04-24
The new Whig Party nominated Tyler as vice president only to appeal to Southern voters. When the president died and Tyler became chief executive, some called him His Accidency.
VOA慢速英语:美国第九任总统:威廉·亨利·哈里森2017-04-21
VOA Learning English presents America’s Presidents. Today we are talking about William Henry Harrison. Although he was elected in 1840, many Americans still remember his catchy campaign slogan: Tippecanoe and Tyler, too.
VOA慢速英语:美国第八届总统:马丁·范布伦2017-04-21
VOA Learning English presents America’s Presidents. Today we are talking about Martin Van Buren. He was sworn in as the eighth president of the United States in 1837.
VOA慢速英语:安德鲁·杰克逊:爱他还是恨他?2017-04-21
Andrew Jackson, the seventh president, was unlike the earlier U.S. presidents. His family was poor, he had little education, and he lived on what was then the western part of the country. His image as a military hero and man of the people made him a popul
VOA慢速英语:约翰·昆西·亚当斯:伟大的外交官、差劲的政治家2017-04-21
Today we are talking about John Quincy Adams. Does his name sound familiar? John Quincy Adams, the sixth president, was the son of John Adams, the second president.
VOA慢速英语:詹姆斯·门罗:最后的三角帽2017-04-21
James Monroe: Last of the Cocked Hats VOA Learning English presents Americas Presidents. James Monroe easily won election in 1816. He had a relaxed, likeable personality and was popula...
VOA慢速英语:詹姆斯·麦迪逊:三权分立缔造者2017-04-21
Most Americans do not remember Madison for his presidency. They remember him for work he did earlier.
VOA慢速英语:托马斯·杰斐逊:一个复杂的人物2017-04-21
Today we are talking about Thomas Jefferson. Although he took office in 1801, he is still one of the country’s best-known and most popular presidents. You can see a memorial honoring him in Washington, DC.
VOA慢速英语:约翰·亚当斯:美国第二任总统2017-04-21
VOA Learning English presents America's Presidents. Today we are talking about John Adams. In 1796, he was elected as the country’s second president.
VOA慢速英语:乔治·华盛顿:不想成为总统的总统2017-04-21
Today we are talking about George Washington. He was the first president of the United States. He served from 1789 to 1797. But he had many other accomplishments, too. He owned thousands of hectares of land in his home state of Virginia. He was a famous g

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