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:Basketball. Football. Ultimate?2012-02-01
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 Alone2012-01-25
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 considered wrong for girls.
VOA慢速英语:Singer Michelle Branch Reinvents Her Music, Again2012-01-19
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 Store2012-01-11
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 Park2012-01-04
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 Mind2011-12-28
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'2011-12-22
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 created the ballet's dance movements.
VOA慢速英语:Music Stars Share Their Trade with Kids at Grammy Camp2011-12-14
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 Coast2011-12-07
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 Earth2011-11-30
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 Danger2011-11-23
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 Evolution2011-11-16
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 World2011-11-09
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 Africa2011-11-02
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 Printmaking2011-10-27
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 Motorcycle2011-10-19
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?2011-10-12
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 and the special theory of relativity say that is impossible.
VOA慢速英语:From Clay to Art: A Short History of Ceramic Artistry2011-10-06
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 explore the world of clay art.
VOA慢速英语:艺术品激发的爵士音乐2011-09-28
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 Americans2011-09-21
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 popular book, the Bible, into two hundred languages.
VOA慢速英语:Exploring Textile Arts Through History and Around the World2011-09-14
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 Artworks2011-09-07
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 church.
VOA慢速英语:蝙蝠对农业和环境的重要性2011-08-31
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 History2011-08-25
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 inventions were centuries ahead of his time.
VOA慢速英语:A Report on Cave Creatures and Ancient Villages2011-08-17
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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