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:Death Valley: A Beautiful but Dangerous Place2017-04-18
Death Valley is a land of beautiful yet dangerous extremes. There are mountains that reach more than three thousand meters into the sky. There is a place called Badwater that is the lowest area of land in the Western Hemisphere. If there were water there,
VOA慢速英语:After 30 Years, the Space Shuttle Program Retires2017-04-18
This week, we talk about the final American space shuttle flight. Last week, space shuttle Atlantis returned to Kennedy Space Center in Florida after thirteen days in space. It was the last of one hundred thirty five flights for the world's first reusabl
VOA慢速英语:Exploring the Art of Glass Through History and Around the World2017-04-18
It is called the Sacred Heart of Healing and was made by the artist Tim Tate. How did he make this interesting glass form? Today we answer this question as we explore the art of making glass.
VOA慢速英语:For Many Americans Summertime is Reading Time2017-04-18
We start with a reading suggestion that seems a good choice for the summer. Maine takes place during a summer holiday at a seaside community in the United States.
VOA慢速英语:Eleanor Creesy Helped Guide One of the Fastest Sailing Ships Ever Built2017-04-18
The name Eleanor Creesy is almost unknown today. But in the middle eighteen hundreds she was a famous woman. Those were the days of wooden sailing ships. It was a time before ships had engines. Cloth sails were used to catch the wind to move a ship throug
VOA慢速英语:Scientists Call for Quieter Ships to Protect Whales2017-04-18
Passenger ships, trade ships, and fishing boats are a normal part of life on the open sea. However, all their activity creates a great deal of noise underwater. Scientists from the United States and Canada recently reported their observations that the oce
VOA慢速英语:NASA's Aquarius Satellite Will Help Scientists Learn About Salt Levels in the Sea2017-04-18
On June tenth, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA, launched a satellite called Aquarius. The satellite will measure and study the saltiness of Earth's oceans from space. The aim of the project is to learn about our changing climate.
VOA慢速英语:EXPLORATIONS - Smithsonian Exhibits Mark 30th Anniversary of AIDS2017-04-18
Today we visit three current exhibits in Washington D.C. Two of the exhibits are in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. Both shows mark the thirtieth anniversary of the first official report about the disease AIDS. A third
VOA慢速英语:Two Programs That Have Reset Photography, Music2017-04-18
hese programs have changed the way people make music and take pictures. Their effects can be experienced in nearly all current popular music and digital photography.
VOA慢速英语:Isaac Newton: One of the World’s Greatest Scientists2017-04-18
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:Fourteen Scientists and Activists Who are Changing the World2017-04-18
That is Kevin Hand, a planetary scientist and astrobiologist who works at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. This lab works with the American space agency on projects including looking for life in outer space. Kevin Hand is assiting with plans t
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Nam June Paik Made Video Into a Modern Art Form2017-04-18
Nam June Paik helped turn the moving image into a common tool for artists to use as a form of expression. Today his works can be seen in the permanent collections of museums around the world.
VOA慢速英语:Three Innovators Who Changed the History of Sound...2017-04-18
Max Vernon Mathews has been called the father of computer music. He created electronic tools so that people could use computers as musical instruments. He had a huge influence on the development of electronic music and how it is written, recorded and play
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Laura Hillenbrand’s 'Unbroken' Is a Story of Survival and Heroism2017-04-18
All he could see, in every direction, was water. It was June 23, 1943. Somewhere on the endless expanse of the Pacific Ocean, Army Air Forces bombardier and Olympic runner Louie Zamperini lay across a small raft, drifting westward. Slumped alongside him w
VOA慢速英语:Wiley Post: The First Pilot to Fly Around the World Alone2017-04-18
It was nineteen thirty-three. Only six years earlier Charles Lindburgh became famous around the world as the first person to fly alone across the Atlantic Ocean. Now, a young pilot was trying to fly across Russia. He had left Moscow several hours before.
VOA慢速英语:Jimmy Doolittle Set Many Records for Flying2017-04-18
At one time, he held the record for flying faster than any other person. He was the first pilot to cross the United States in less than twenty -four hours. He was the first pilot to fly "blind," that is, using only instruments to guide his airplane.
VOA慢速英语:Six Building Designers Who Are Redefining Modern Architecture2017-04-18
They have all created important examples of modern architecture. You can see their energizing and imaginative contributions to modern design in buildings around the world.
VOA慢速英语:The Evolution of Spacesuits2017-04-18
Many questions had to be answered over sixty years ago when officials first began to think about placing a human being in space. One of the most important was how to design the special clothing needed to protect a person from the dangers of the space envi
voa慢速英语讲解:弗德台地国家公园保护印地安人文化遗产2017-04-18
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. They were up on Mesa Verde. Spanish explorers had named the area. The high, flat mountaintop is cover
voa慢速英语:Explorer Andrew Skurka Takes Hiking...2017-04-18
We also travel to the wilderness of southern Africa to learn about some big cats. The movie "The Last Lions" gives viewers an extraordinary look at a mother lion as she struggles to survive and protect her young.
voa慢速英语讲解:华盛顿举办印度文化艺术节2017-04-18
That was a song performed by the Indian folk rock musician Raghu Dixit. He is one of many musicians who have performed at the Kennedy Center during "maximum INDIA." Other musicians include the rock band Parikrama the violinist L. Subramaniam, and the op
voa慢速英语:Learning How to Make Soap2017-04-18
While washing your hands have you ever wondered what materials are in a bar of soap and why it cleans? Today we answer that question with a visit to a soap maker at her home in Falls Church, Virginia near Washington.
voa慢速英语讲解:Ashoka组织支持全世界企业家2017-04-18
Entrepreneurs are people who create new businesses. They organize, build and support their individual business proposals. They may have ideas about new products that the world has never seen. Or, they may have new ways to do business.
voa慢速英语:More and More Gamers Reach for Their Phone2017-04-18
Early versions of video games were not devices for the average person to play at home. Programmers developed them using what were then huge university computers.
VOA慢速讲解:历史上最有权势最著名的女性2017-04-18
Today we tell about the life of one of the most famous and powerful women in history. She was a goddess, a queen, and a skilled diplomat and negotiator. She was a great politician who knew how to show off her and her country's power and influence.
voa慢速英语讲解:科学家发现与地球类似的行星2017-04-18
Today we tell about an American spacecraft that has a date with a comet. We hear the latest about a space shuttle commander whose wife continues to recover from a deadly gun attack. And we remember a sad anniversary. But first, the discovery of possible p
voa慢速英语:'Green' Cities Are Organizing to Protect the Environment2017-04-18
Green ideas are finding their way into many American cities. Here, a man stands on a green roof on a building in Washington, DC
voa慢速英语讲解:黑天鹅之前芭蕾舞的巨大影响力2017-04-18
The word ballet comes from the French language, and is based on the Italian word balletto. Balletto means a little dance. Ballet's early roots began in Italy in the late fourteen hundreds. But it was in France that ballet developed into the form we know
voa慢速英语讲解:游览全世界的街头艺术2017-04-18
Street art can be found on buildings, sidewalks, street signs and even trashcans from Tokyo to Paris to New York City. This special kind of art can take the form of paintings, sculptures, cloth or even stickers. Its international presence is supported by
voa慢速英语:Where Did the English Language Come From?2017-04-18
More people are trying to learn English than any other language in the world. English is the language of political negotiations and international business. It has become the international language of science and medicine. International treaties say passen
voa慢速英语讲解:游览加州沿岸漂亮的天主教堂2017-04-18
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:“Hide/Seek”Exhibit at National Portrait...2017-04-18
Today we visit two museums housed in one building in Washington, D.C. The Smithsonian American Art Museum recently opened a show on the New York artist Alexis Rockman. His colorful paintings are influenced by an interest in science and a deep concern for
voa慢速英语讲解:讲述收音机的发展历史2017-04-18
Our story begins in Britain in eighteen seventy-three. A scientist named James Maxwell wrote a mathematical theory about a kind of energy. He called this energy electromagnetic waves.
voa慢速英语讲解:联合国非物质文化遗产名录2017-04-18
Today we tell about recent efforts by the United Nations to honor and protect different cultural traditions from around the world. U.N. experts meeting in Nairobi, Kenya recently announced this year's cultural protection list.
voa慢速英语讲解:电动混合动力汽车是否未来汽车主流2017-04-18
Starting this Friday, the auto industry will show off more than nine hundred of its latest vehicles at the LA Auto Show in Los Angeles, California. The event provides a look at about fifty hybrid, electric and alternative fuel cars that could soon be avai
voa慢速英语讲解:探索地球上神秘的蓝洞2017-04-18
These cave systems form in carbonate rock, often on islands. Some blue holes have very special rock formations and water chemistry. Far below sea level, they contain some of the harshest environments on Earth, with no oxygen and no light. Yet these areas
voa慢速英语:12 Cultural Sites in Developing World Listed...2017-04-18
The Global Heritage Fund says these places are important because they are records of our human civilization. And the group says countries can learn to use these treasures to help support responsible development in the future.
voa慢速英语讲解:胡佛水坝为数百万人提供电力2017-04-18
Today we tell about Hoover Dam. It was the largest and most difficult structure of its kind ever built when work started in nineteen thirty-one. A new bypass bridge that opened this month near the dam is also a wonder of engineering.
voa慢速英语:Studying a Wine Involves Using Several Senses...2017-04-18
Today we continue our exploration into the world of wine. Last week, we discussed the history, kinds of grapes and how wine is produced. This week, we learn how to taste a glass of wine like a professional. We also discuss changes in the wine industry. An
voa慢速英语:People Have Produced Wine Since...2017-04-18
It is hard to say how long people have been drinking wine. Wine is far older than recorded history. Some experts say it is as old as civilization itself.
voa慢速英语:Voyager:The First Airplane to Fly Around...2017-04-18
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:Planetariums Take Viewers on a Trip...2017-04-18
A planetarium is a theater with a rounded ceiling onto which images of the stars and planets are projected. Planetariums give educational shows about astronomy and what you can see in the night sky. Today, we tell about the past, present, and future of p
voa慢速英语:Fourteen Scientists and Activists Who...2017-04-18
Once a year, the National Geographic Society honors a group of scientists, activists, wildlife experts and artists for their work as explorers and thinkers. Honorees receive a ten thousand dollar award to help them continue their research and projects. To
voa慢速英语:Leonardo da Vinci:One of the Greatest...2017-04-18
We start with one of Leonardo da Vinci's most famous drawings, called Vitruvian Man. This work is a good example of his ever questioning mind, and his effort to bring together art, math and science.
voa慢速英语:A Visit to Volcanoes National Park and...2017-04-18
we visit two of the most unusual national parks in the United States. They are Volcanoes National Park and Haleakala National Park, both in Hawaii.
voa慢速英语讲解:激光诞生50周年的光辉历程2017-04-18
Three professional research groups have been leading a year-long celebration of the laser's fiftieth anniversary. It is called LaserFest. The American Physical Society, the Optical Society (OSA), and SPIE, a group that supports the study of light, all ha
voa慢速英语:Lower East Side Tenement Museum...2017-04-18
The Lower East Side Tenement Museum is one of the smaller museums in New York. It lets visitors experience how early immigrants to the United States lived. The museum is a building at Ninety-Seven Orchard Street. It was built in eighteen sixty-three by a
voa慢速英语讲解:史迪格·拉森千禧年三部曲2017-04-18
Visit any airport, train station, or coffee shop in the United States this summer, and chances are you will find someone reading a book by the Swedish writer Stieg Larsson. The three books that make up his Millennium series have sold over thirty-five mill
voa慢速英语:From Bhangra to Reggae,a Musical Trip...2017-04-18
Today we travel around the world listening to the music from six creative and exciting albums. Some artists are well known, while others are at the start of their musical careers. The music we will listen to comes from a wide range of influences and tradi
voa慢速英语讲解:游览纽约都市艺术博物馆2017-04-18
The Metropolitan Museum of Art collection covers five thousand years of human culture from all over the world. The museum, also known as the Met, was created in eighteen seventy by a group of businessmen, artists and thinkers. Their goal was to create a l

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