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慢速英语讲解:'永生的海拉'讲述科学,道德和家庭的故事2017-04-18
Today we tell about one of the most important scientific discoveries of the last century the development of HeLa cells. Reporter Rebecca Skloot explores this in her book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The book is a history of science, professional
voa慢速英语讲解:经度的发现之旅2017-04-18
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. The com
voa慢速英语:Remembering the X-15,America's First Step in...2017-04-18
Today, Doug Johnson and Frank Oliver tell about the first airplane that flew out of the Earth's atmosphere. It was designed to test equipment and conditions for future space flights. The plane was called the X-15.
voa慢速英语:Climbers Break New Records Reaching the Top...2017-04-18
Mount Everest is at the border of Nepal and Tibet. It was named for Sir George Everest, who recorded the mountain's position in eighteen forty-one. Since nineteen fifty-three, more than ten thousand people have attempted to climb to the top of the world
voa慢速英语讲解:卢浮宫庆祝艺术的过去和现在2017-04-18
Today we travel to Paris, France, to visit one of the most famous and most visited art collections in the world. From the twelfth to the eighteenth century, the Louvre was the home of the ruling families of France. In seventeen ninety-three the Louvre bec
voa慢速英语:Celebrating Art's Past and Present, at the Louvre2017-04-18
One of the most striking ways to begin a visit to the Louvre Museum is to start in its central courtyard. This is an area where past and present building traditions meet. On three sides, you are surrounded by the museum's carved stone walls.
voa慢速英语:How Microfinance is Helping to End Poverty ...2017-04-18
Today we talk about a method that helps provide low-income people with the financial services they need to improve their lives. Organizations around the world are showing how microfinance methods can help lift poor people out of poverty.
voa慢速英语:South Africa Bets on 2010 World Cup for Hope,Heroes2017-04-18
A maker of luxury travel goods recently launched an advertisement campaign. Video and magazine ads show three men playing table football and laughing in a coffee shop in Madrid, Spain. They are Pele, Maradona and Zidane. Only one name identifies each of t
voa慢速英语讲解:努力获得成功的三位美国球星2017-04-18
Ben Olsen and Curt Onalfo had great careers as professional players. Now, they are passing on their knowledge as coaches with D.C. United. Mike Banner plays for the Chicago Fire, but started in Washington. Their stories tell a lot about the past, present
voa慢速英语:Amelia Earhart:The First Woman to Fly Across...2017-04-18
Amelia Earhart was born in eighteen ninety-seven in the middle western state of Kansas. 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
voa慢速英语:Art by Japanese-American Detainees During World...2017-04-18
Visitors to Washington, D.C. this summer can see a powerful exhibit that tells about a dark period in American history. The exhibit at the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery is called The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Cam
voa慢速英语:Guitar Heroes,Before Anyone Even Heard of a Video Game2017-04-18
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慢速英语讲解:犯罪与惩罚2017-04-18
The idea was that if the public knew what a criminal looked like, it would be harder for that person to hide. Since its beginnings sixty years ago, four hundred ninety-four criminals have been placed on the Top Ten List. Four hundred and sixty-three of th
voa慢速英语:New Plan for NASA Aims Beyond the Moon2017-04-18
Those were the voices of Harrison Schmitt and Eugene Cernan, astronauts on the flight of Apollo Seventeen. They had spent three days on the moon. Now they were on their way home. The date was December fourteenth, nineteen seventy-two.
voa慢速英语:Events Set Around the World as Earth Day Turns 402017-04-18
Gaylord Nelson was a Democrat from the state of Wisconsin. He had always been interested in environmental issues and worked hard to improve the environment in his state. The American public was also increasingly becoming aware of the huge environmental pr
voa慢速英语讲解:自学成才艺术家创作出不朽作品2017-04-18
The Outsider Art movement has many names and forms. Experts debate about the differences between terms such as Na?ve Art, Visionary Art, Folk Art, Intuitive Art and Outsider Art. It would be impossible to explain the entire debate, so we will just tell a
voa慢速英语讲解:史前生物埋葬点-拉布瑞亚焦油坑2017-04-18
To understand why La Brea is an important scientific research center we must travel back through time almost forty thousand years. Picture an area that is almost desert land. The sun is hot. A pig-like creature searches for food. It uses its short, flat n
voa慢速英语:The Sky is No Limit for the Tallest Buildings...2017-04-18
Skyscrapers were invented in the United States. As early as the eighteen eighties, two new technical developments made these taller buildings possible. One development was the mechanical elevator. It meant that people would not have to climb many steps to
voa慢速英语讲解:Ted Nash受艺术品启发创作爵士乐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:Who Were the Deadliest Gunmen of the Wild West?2017-04-18
we present the second of two programs about the Old American West. Experts disagree about who were the most dangerous gunmen of the Wild West. However, we will tell you about two of them. One was an outlaw. One was a lawman.
voa慢速英语讲解:美国西部著名的罪犯和枪手2017-04-18
this is Steve Ember with EXPLORATIONS from VOA Special English. Today we present the first of two programs about some of the most famous people who lived in the American West many years ago. We tell about lawmen, criminals and gunfighters. And we will try
voa慢速英语:Museum of Chinese in America Explores...2017-04-18
The museum’s exhibits teach visitors about the art, culture and history of Chinese-Americans. MOCA says its aim is to show both the many layers of their experience and America’s development as a nation of immigrants.
voa慢速英语讲解:极端环境,神秘人物相助?2017-04-18
People have described this experience as sensed presence or as an imaginary shadow person. It is also known as the Third Man syndrome. The Canadian-American writer John Geiger wrote about this in a recent book called The Third Man Factor. The book will so
voa慢速英语:Chocolate Has a History as Rich as Its Taste2017-04-18
Most people today think of chocolate as something sweet to eat or drink than can be easily found in stores around the world. It might surprise you that chocolate was once highly treasured.
voa慢速英语:At the Vatican, Some of the World's Greatest Art2017-04-18
As you enter the Vatican Museums, you pass through large sculptured doors. 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
[VOA自然探索]At the Vatican, Some of the World’s Greatest Art2017-04-18
As you enter the Vatican Museums, you pass through large sculptured doors. 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
[VOA自然探索]EXPLORATIONS - A Museum Better Known as the US Capitol2017-04-18
The United States Congress meets in the Capitol. The building was created as a physical representation of democracy. But it is also a museum filled with art and sculpture that tell about America's social and political history.
voa慢速英语:美国国会山建筑风采2017-04-18
The United States Congress meets in the Capitol. The building was created as a physical representation of democracy. But it is also a museum filled with art and sculpture that tell about America's social and political history.
voa慢速英语:From 'Dracula'to 'Twilight,'Vampires Evolve...2017-04-18
More recent versions of vampires are in many books, movies and television series. The Twilight series of books and movies has increased the popularity of vampires around the world.
voa慢速英语:2009:A Year of Discovery and Promise in Space2017-04-18
Possibly the biggest space story this year was the discovery of water on the moon. The best evidence was provided by a dramatic experiment carried out on October ninth. NASA used its Lunar Crater Observing and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, to look for wat
voa慢速英语:莎士比亚和文化之间的相互影响2017-04-18
That was part of a dancing scene from the popular nineteen ninety-eight movie Shakespeare in Love. The film suggests one way in which Shakespeare might have been influenced to write Romeo and Juliet: because of his relationship with a brave and lovely wom
voa慢速英语:EXPLORATIONS-Eleanor Creesy:She Guided One...2017-04-18
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:Visiting the Galapagos and the Unusual Creatures...2017-04-18
The nineteen islands that make up the Galapagos lie along the equator one thousand kilometers west of Ecuador. The islands are named for the giant tortoises that live there. Galapagos has been called "a living museum and showcase of evolution." The anim
voa慢速英语讲解:攀岩不仅是运动,还是艺术2017-04-18
An estimated nine million people rock climb in the United States. Millions more take part in the activity around the world. Some do it just for personal satisfaction. Others compete. Rock climbing can be dangerous. But there are many methods and protectiv
voa慢速英语讲解:平均每两周有一种语言消失2017-04-18
As the last speakers of a language die off, the valuable information contained within a language also disappears. Join us as we learn about the cultural value of language and why endangered languages must be protected.
voa慢速英语讲解:全球Hip-Hop音乐传达的信息2017-04-18
Hip-hop music is popular around the world. Hip-hop artists created their own Declaration of Peace that is recognized by the United Nations. Socially conscious hip-hop artists spread messages of peace, security, unity, forgiveness and happiness. Often, the
voa慢速英语讲解:Jane Goodall:始终致力于黑猩猩的研究2017-04-18
Today, Miz Goodall spends most of her time traveling around the world speaking about wildlife protection and working to build support for her foundation. She recently wrote a book about endangered animals.
voa慢速英语:Getting a Feel for Textile Arts Around the World2017-04-18
Her work Variations on H is made up of different colors of finely made hands connected together to form a flowing cloth. How did Miz Adams make this work? Today we answer this question as we explore the world of textile art.
voa慢速英语:探索各时代的珠宝艺术2017-04-18
People from almost all cultures throughout history have been making and wearing jewelry. Jewelry is valued for its visual quality, the richness of its materials and the expert way it is made. Since ancient times people have worn jewelry like rings, bracel
voa慢速英语:探索木制品艺术2017-04-18
One tall bowl with a wide opening is made from black cherry wood. It is so perfectly formed it is hard to believe it is handmade. How did Phil Brown make this bowl? We will answer this question as we explore the many artistic traditions of wood.
voa慢速英语:Hip-Hop Goes Global to a Socially Active Beat2017-04-18
Hip-hop music started in the South Bronx area of New York City in the early nineteen seventies among young African Americans and Latino Americans. People would gather in the streets singing and dancing to hip-hop. It was a place for people to sing about s
voa慢速英语讲解:大峡谷:真正的世界奇观2017-04-18
Today, we take you to one of the most popular and beautiful places in the United States. It is the Grand Canyon in the southwestern state of Arizona.
voa慢速英语:探寻世界历史玻璃艺术2017-04-18
Throughout history, people from cultures around the world have been making glass. People first found and used glass made by nature. For example, lightning can create tubes of glass when it strikes sand that has the right combination of minerals. Glass pie
[VOA自然探索]Visiting the Galapagos and the Unusual Creatures That Live There2017-04-18
The nineteen islands that make up the Galapagos lie along the equator one thousand kilometers west of Ecuador. The islands are named for the giant tortoises that live there. Galapagos has been called "a living museum and showcase of evolution." The anim
[VOA自然探索]Cliffhanger: Rock Climbing as Sport and Art2017-04-18
An estimated nine million people rock climb in the United States. Millions more take part in the activity around the world. Some do it just for personal satisfaction. Others compete. Rock climbing can be dangerous. But there are many methods and protectiv
[VOA自然探索]Somewhere a Language Dies Every Two Weeks2017-04-18
As the last speakers of a language die off, the valuable information contained within a language also disappears. Join us as we learn about the cultural value of language and why endangered languages must be protected.
[VOA自然探索]Global Hip-Hop Music with a Message2017-04-18
Hip-hop music is popular around the world. Hip-hop artists created their own Declaration of Peace that is recognized by the United Nations. Socially conscious hip-hop artists spread messages of peace, security, unity, forgiveness and happiness. Often, the
[VOA自然探索]Jane Goodall: Still Hard at Work for the Chimps2017-04-18
Today, Miz Goodall spends most of her time traveling around the world speaking about wildlife protection and working to build support for her foundation. She recently wrote a book about endangered animals.
[VOA自然探索]Exploring the Art of Jewelry Across the Ages2017-04-18
The methods we have described are still being used by artists today. Modern technology and newer methods have only added to the countless ways that stones, metals and other materials can be formed. Today, jewelry designers combine old and new methods with
[VOA自然探索]As the World Turns: Exploring the Art of Wood2017-04-18
One tall bowl with a wide opening is made from black cherry wood. It is so perfectly formed it is hard to believe it is handmade. How did Phil Brown make this bowl? We will answer this question as we explore the many artistic traditions of wood.

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