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 Place2011-08-03
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, it would be eighty-six meters below the level of the ocean.
VOA慢速英语:After 30 Years, the Space Shuttle Program Retires2011-07-27
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 reusable space vehicle design.
VOA慢速英语:Exploring the Art of Glass Through History and Around the World2011-07-21
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 Time2011-07-13
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 Built2011-07-06
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 through the water.
VOA慢速英语:Scientists Call for Quieter Ships to Protect Whales2011-06-30
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 ocean is getting noisier.
VOA慢速英语:NASA's Aquarius Satellite Will Help Scientists Learn About Salt Levels in the Sea2011-06-22
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. The project is a joint effort between NASA and Argentina's space agency.
VOA慢速英语:EXPLORATIONS - Smithsonian Exhibits Mark 30th Anniversary of AIDS2011-06-15
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 exhibit, at the Textile Museum, explores the importance and meaning of the color green.
VOA慢速英语:Two Programs That Have Reset Photography, Music2011-06-08
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 Scientists2011-06-01
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 World2011-05-25
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 to send an orbital device to Europa, a moon of the planet Jupiter. Space agency officials hope to launch the device in about twenty-twenty.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Nam June Paik Made Video Into a Modern Art Form2011-05-18
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...2011-05-11
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 played.
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 Heroism2011-05-04
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 was a sergeant, one of his plane's gunners.
VOA慢速英语:Wiley Post: The First Pilot to Fly Around the World Alone2011-04-27
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 Flying2011-04-21
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 Architecture2011-04-13
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 Spacesuits2011-04-06
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 environment.
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2011-03-30
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 covered with many green juniper and pinon pine trees. It looks like a huge green table, which is "mesa verde" in Spanish.
voa慢速英语:Explorer Andrew Skurka Takes Hiking...2011-03-23
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2011-03-16
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 opera singer Anando Mukerjee.
voa慢速英语:Learning How to Make Soap2011-03-09
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2011-03-02
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 Phone2011-02-23
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2011-02-16
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.

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