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。

EXPLORATIONS(自然探索) 每逢星期三晚上,听众可以收听到Explorations这一专题节目。该专题既涉及人类遨游太空、探索原子、研究自身、改造自然的现代技术,也报道发展中国家开发新资源,利用新工艺改善人民生活等方面的成就,其侧重点在各种科技实验和简易实用技术方面。该节目一般安排一段时间播一个系列,每次播出一个主题,以便能将某项新技术的研究和应用的全过程介绍给听众,电台还乐意为感兴趣的听众提供所需的文字材料。

VOA慢速英语:International AIDS Conference Returns to Washington After 22 Years2017-04-18
The International AIDS Society organizes the conference, also called AIDS 2012. It decided to hold the conference in America after President Obama ended a ban barring HIV infected people from entering the country. The ban ended on January fourth twenty te
VOA慢速英语:Dry Tortugas National Park Is Deep In History, Natural Beauty2017-04-18
The United States Navy steamship Florida moves slowly toward a small island. Members of the crew tie the ship to the dock. Passengers begin to leave the ship. They move slowly in the extreme heat of the summer day. In front of them is a huge red brick bui
VOA慢速英语:Rapping, From Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street2017-04-18
A new generation of musicians helped give voice to the popular uprisings in twenty-eleven that came to be called the Arab Spring.
VOA慢速英语:From a Photo of War, a Statue to Remember2017-04-18
July fourth, Independence Day in the United States, is a time of celebration. Friends and family across the country gather for food, music and activities. Fireworks light the night sky. Memories are made.
VOA慢速英语:Ballet’s History Began as a Dance of Power and Influence2017-04-18
The French ruler Louis the Fourteenth had a big influence on the direction of ballet in its early history. He ruled France for seventy-two years, starting in sixteen forty-three. He started dancing as a boy and worked hard at it daily. He performed in lon
VOA慢速英语:Three Stories about Expressing Faith in America2017-04-18
Religious faith is both deeply personal and a community experience. In the United States, religious communities of many kinds co-exist and sometimes work together in interesting ways.
VOA慢速英语:The Indiana Dunes: Ancient Hills of Sand on Lake Michigan2017-04-18
Other dunes may be building right now. The winds create dunes when they drop loose sand onto land. Some dunes look partly round. Others take the form of long, narrow hills.
VOA慢速英语:Finding Your Position on the Globe Was Not Always Easy2017-04-18
On a foggy October night in seventeen-oh-seven, four English navy ships hit rocks in the Atlantic Ocean and sank. Two thousand men drowned. The ships had been sailing in the thick fog for twelve days. There was no sure way to know where they were.
VOA慢速英语:The Erie Canal Helped America Grow2017-04-18
Two adventurers recently traveled the more than five hundred eighty kilometers of America's Erie Canal in kayaks. Then the two, Richard Harpham of Britain and Glenn Charles of the United States, paddled into the Hudson River to complete their trip to the
VOA慢速英语:On the Shoulders of Giants: Isaac Newton and Modern Science2017-04-18
Much of today's science of physics is based on Newton's discovery of the three laws of motion and his theory of gravity. Newton also developed one of the most powerful tools of mathematics. It is the method we call calculus.
VOA慢速英语:Leonardo da Vinci: Beyond the Mona Lisa2017-04-18
He began his career as an artist. But his interest in the world around him drove him to study music, math, science, engineering and building design. Many of his ideas and inventions were centuries ahead of his time.
VOA慢速英语:The US Capitol Represents American Democracy2017-04-18
The United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. is one of the most recognized buildings in the world. Its design was influenced by the classical buildings of ancient Greece and Rome.
VOA慢速英语:Meet Some Hard-Working Helping Hands2017-04-18
Today, many people volunteer their time and energy to help others. There are a lot of ways to meet other peoples needs, and it seems there is a volunteer group for everything. Some provide education, while others offer adventure. Many do both.
VOA慢速英语:The Mercury Thirteen Cleared the Way for Women in the US Space Program2017-04-18
Today we tell about a program in the nineteen sixties to train women as astronauts. Today they are known as the Mercury Thirteen. They never reached their goal of spaceflight. But they led the way for other American women to travel into space.
VOA慢速英语:At the Vatican, Some of the World's Greatest Art2017-04-18
When the light shines just the right way, bronze squares in the doors seem to catch fire. The artist Cecco Bonanotte created the doors in nineteen ninety-nine. He produced them for the opening celebration of the new entrance to the Vatican Museums in two
VOA慢速英语:Mesa Verde National Park: Protecting the Culture of Ancient Native Americans2017-04-18
It was cold that day in eighteen eighty-eight in southwestern Colorado. Richard Wetherill and his brother-in-law were trying to find some missing cattle.
VOA慢速英语:A Vacuum Cleaner for Destroying Space Junk2017-04-18
The price of CleanSpace One is eleven million dollars. But yet, it has a big job to do. Recently, researchers in Switzerland announced plans to build this new cleaning device. The researchers work at the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne.
VOA慢速英语:Guitar Heroes, Before Anyone Even Heard of Video Games2017-04-18
If you guessed it was a guitar, you are correct. Probably no other musical instrument is as popular around the world as the guitar. Musicians use the guitar for almost every kind of music. Country and western music would not be the same without a guitar.
VOA慢速英语:Visiting Four National Parks in the State of Utah2017-04-18
Millions of people from all over the world visit the state of Utah every year. One reason is the many national parks. These are areas of great natural beauty that are protected by the United States government.
VOA慢速英语:Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles Reflects on Success2017-04-18
Music is often called the universal language, meaning everyone can understand it. This week, we hear music from Chuck Brown. The Washington, DC, musician is recognized as the inventor of go-go. Go-go music mixes jazz, rhythm and blues and even hip-hop.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:胡佛大坝的建造及其作用2017-04-18
Our report today about Hoover Dam must begin with the Colorado River. This river made the dam necessary. The Colorado River begins high in the Rocky Mountains. It begins slowly, during the dark months of winter. Heavy snow falls on the Rocky Mountains.
VOA慢速英语:New Orleans, Havre de Grace: American Places That Hold Special Memories2017-04-18
This week, we hear about a few special places. They are important to Americans who look to the past, but also are thinking of the future. We hear about three historic homes where famous Americans once lived. We also visit a coastal town known for its wood
VOA慢速英语:Working to Protect Plants for Future Generations2017-04-18
Agricultural experts say crop diversity is important to feed the increasing population of our planet. They say having a large variety of plants also helps to protect against possible crop diseases and future crises.
VOA慢速英语:Travel Industry, Fisheries Depend on Threatened Coral Reefs2017-04-18
We also tell about efforts to study the spread of plastic waste in the world's oceans. But first, we hear how human activities are threatening coral reefs and the sea life they support.
VOA慢速英语:A Beloved Family Pet Dies. What Does a Mother Tell Her Children?2017-04-18
What do you do when a family pet dies? How would you explain the death of a dog or cat to a young child? If you are an award-winning writer, you think words can help because they help you.
VOA慢速英语:Basketball. Football. Ultimate?2017-04-18
Ultimate Frisbee combines many of the skills and strategic thinking of basketball, American football, and soccer. But players do not move a ball down the field. Instead, they throw and catch a Frisbee that disc-shaped object that floats through the air.
VOA慢速英语:Amelia Earhart: First Woman to Fly Across the Atlantic Alone2017-04-18
She was not a child of her times. Most American girls at the beginning of the twentieth century were taught to sit quietly and speak softly. They were not permitted to play ball or climb trees. Those activities were considered fun for boys. They were cons
VOA慢速英语:Singer Michelle Branch Reinvents Her Music, Again2017-04-18
Today, we look at ways women are reinventing themselves and some of the things they do. We will learn about women who compete in the hard-hitting sport of American football. We hear about a different kind of store for girls.
VOA慢速英语:The Laser: Futuristic Science Found at Your Local Store2017-04-18
Laser is short for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. The idea behind lasers is complex. Just how complex? Consider that it took the mind of Albert Einstein to discover the physics behind the laser.
VOA慢速英语:A Visit to Volcanoes National Park and Haleakala National Park2017-04-18
Let me ask you a question: What is the tallest mountain on Earth? Most school children will say the answer is Mount Everest near the border between Nepal and Tibet.
VOA慢速英语:How Freud Changed What People Thought About the Mind2017-04-18
The work of Freud continues to influence many areas of modern culture. Today, Bob Doughty and Faith Lapidus explore his influence on psychotherapy.
VOA慢速英语:Picking Apart the Timeless Appeal of 'The Nutcracker'2017-04-18
Our story begins at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, on December eighteenth, eighteen ninety-two. People have come to see the first performance of The Nutcracker. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote the music and Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov cr
VOA慢速英语:Music Stars Share Their Trade with Kids at Grammy Camp2017-04-18
And we tell about the art work of the famous jeweler Karl Faberge. He created some of the most beautiful and valuable jewelry ever made for the imperial family of Russia. Bob Doughty tells us about a recent show of his work.
VOA慢速英语:Visiting the Beautiful Missions Along California's Coast2017-04-18
The king of Spain, Charles the Third, had recently received reports that worried him. The reports said Russian explorers were in the northern part of the territory called California. Spain had claimed most of that area more than two hundred years earlier.
VOA慢速英语:Blue Holes: Some of the Least Explored Areas on Earth2017-04-18
Information gathered from these blue holes is helping scientists to increase their understanding of biology, archaeology and geology. But exploring these blue hole environments brings danger as well as discovery.
VOA慢速英语:Explorers Sense a Guiding Presence in Times of Danger2017-04-18
Today we tell about an unusual and mysterious experience that can affect people in extreme situations of danger. People who live through life threatening situations sometimes describe a calming presence or guiding voice that helps them survive.
VOA慢速英语:Great Thinkers: Charles Darwin and Evolution2017-04-18
Charles Darwin developed the theory of how living things develop from simpler organisms over long periods of time. That theory is known as evolution through natural selection.
VOA慢速英语:How Two Pilots Flew Non-Stop Around the World2017-04-18
It was called the last great goal in flying. It would be a flight around the world without stopping or adding more fuel. Today, Frank Oliver and Doug Johnson tell about a special plane called Voyager and the effort to set a difficult world record.
VOA慢速英语:International Aid for the Horn of Africa2017-04-18
The foods are two powdered milk products, called F-seventy-five and F-one hundred, and a peanut-based food called Plumpy'nut. They are given to starving children because they provide more nutrients and are easy for the body to process.
VOA慢速英语:Exploring the Art and History of Printmaking2017-04-18
At the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. there is a colorful and expressive print called Revolt on the Amistad. The small sign next to the work says the artist's name is Jacob Lawrence.
VOA慢速英语:Robert Edison Fulton Circled the World on a Motorcycle2017-04-18
He was named for two of America's most famous inventors, Robert Fulton and Thomas Edison. We begin his story at a dinner party in London, England in nineteen thirty-two.
VOA慢速英语:Will Physicists Have to Rewrite The Special Theory of Relativity?2017-04-18
This week, we hear about developments in physics that, if proven correct, could have scientists rewriting physics textbooks. Scientists in Switzerland say they have measured a kind of subatomic particle traveling faster than the speed of light. Physics an
VOA慢速英语:From Clay to Art: A Short History of Ceramic Artistry2017-04-18
They look like boots that you could wear on your feet. But they are really made out of carefully formed clay material. The artist William Wilhelmi made these ceramic pieces. How did he make these colorful boots? Today, we answer that question as we explor
VOA慢速英语:艺术品激发的爵士音乐2017-04-18
Nash studied the works of seven important painters who lived during a one hundred year period, a time frame similar to that of jazz. Then, he created a jazz composition in seven parts influenced by their art.
VOA慢速英语:Remembering Three Interesting Americans2017-04-18
Eugene Nida was a language expert, a Baptist religious worker, and a Bible historian. He worked for the American Bible Society for fifty years. Mr. Nida is widely considered the father of modern Bible translation. He helped translate the world's most pop
VOA慢速英语:Exploring Textile Arts Through History and Around the World2017-04-18
At craft shows and corporate headquarters across the United States, you might see works by the artist B.J. Adams. She makes extremely detailed wall coverings that often show flowers, trees, and hands made from thread.
VOA慢速英语:A New Book on Stealing Rembrandts and Other Artworks2017-04-18
Last month, a small drawing by the Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn was stolen from a hotel in southern California. The drawing was valued at more than two hundred fifty thousand dollars. The artwork mysteriously reappeared a few days later in a California
VOA慢速英语:蝙蝠对农业和环境的重要性2017-04-18
The United Nations has declared twenty eleven to twenty twelve the Year of the Bat. The campaign was launched last year as a way to strengthen efforts for protecting the world's only flying mammal.
VOA慢速英语:Leonardo da Vinci: One of the Greatest Thinkers in History2017-04-18
Today, we tell about one of the greatest thinkers in the world, Leonardo da Vinci. He began his career as an artist. But his interest in the world around him drove him to study music, math, science, engineering and building design. Many of his ideas and i
VOA慢速英语:A Report on Cave Creatures and Ancient Villages2017-04-18
For human ancestors, caves were considered places of wonder and mystery. Caves may not be so mysterious today. But they are still filled with unusual creatures and environments that hold great interest for both scientists and visitors.

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