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 Years2012-07-25
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 ten.
VOA慢速英语:Dry Tortugas National Park Is Deep In History, Natural Beauty2012-07-18
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 building.
VOA慢速英语:Rapping, From Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street2012-07-12
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 Remember2012-07-05
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 Influence2012-06-27
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 long and complex ballets.
VOA慢速英语:Three Stories about Expressing Faith in America2012-06-21
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 Michigan2012-06-13
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 Easy2012-06-06
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 Grow2012-05-30
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 Statue of Liberty in New York City.
VOA慢速英语:On the Shoulders of Giants: Isaac Newton and Modern Science2012-05-23
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 Lisa2012-05-16
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 Democracy2012-05-09
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 Hands2012-05-02
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 Program2012-04-25
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 Art2012-04-18
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 thousand. But other works here are much older.
VOA慢速英语:Mesa Verde National Park: Protecting the Culture of Ancient Native Americans2012-04-11
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 Junk2012-04-06
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 Games2012-03-28
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 Utah2012-03-22
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 Success2012-03-14
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2012-03-07
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 Memories2012-02-29
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 wooden decoys.
VOA慢速英语:Working to Protect Plants for Future Generations2012-02-22
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 Reefs2012-02-15
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?2012-02-08
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.

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