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自然探索]The Grand Canyon: A True Wonder of the WorldBy Shelley Gollust2017-04-18
The canyons of America's Southwest are deep, ancient openings in the earth. They look as if they formed as the earth split apart. But the canyons did not split. They were cut by rivers.
[VOA自然探索]Widespread Water Found on Surface of Moon2017-04-18
The moon appears to be a dry and dead place. Scientists have long believed that Earth's satellite lacks the ability to hold water near its surface because it has no atmosphere. So the announcement by the United States space agency shocked many in the sci
[VOA自然探索]Exploring the Magical World of Puppets2017-04-18
In Japan, the tradition of bunraku puppetry dates back hundreds of years. A bunraku puppet is quite large. Unlike most puppets, it requires three puppeteers to control. One puppeteer controls the doll's head, face, and right hand.
[VOA自然探索]From Clay to Art: Exploring the World of Ceramics2017-04-18
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 explor
[VOA自然探索]Exploring the History and Art of Printmaking2017-04-18
To make a print, an artist creates an original image with a form made of wood, metal or plastic. The artist reproduces prints of this original image using liquid colors and paper. There are many methods of printmaking. Often prints are numbered to show ho
[VOA自然探索]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自然探索]Eye to Eye With an Elephant, on Safari in Africa2017-04-18
Your expert guide drives you through the entrance to Chobe National Park in Botswana. All around, you can see the huge pink sky at sunrise. The trees and thick grass move slightly in the wind. Then, suddenly you hear the movement of leaves nearby.
[VOA自然探索]Hoover Dam, Finished in 1936, Is Still a Hugely Interesting Place2017-04-18
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自然探索]World's Fringe Festivals Celebrate the Unusual and Experimental2017-04-18
The roots of these independent festivals are in Scotland. In nineteen forty-seven, eight theater groups showed up uninvited to the first Edinburgh International Festival. Every year, more and more artists came to town during this festival to perform outsi
[VOA自然探索]NASA's Final Apollo Missions: The Last Footsteps on the Moon2017-04-18
Thirty-six seconds after lift-off, lightning hit the huge Saturn Five rocket. The Apollo spacecraft lost electrical power to its control system. The astronauts worked calmly to get the power back on. Then lightning struck again. And power was lost again.
[VOA自然探索]The Story of Apollo 13: 'Houston, We've Had a Problem Here'2017-04-18
American astronauts in Apollo Eleven landed on the moon July twentieth, nineteen sixty-nine. A second landing was made four months later. Both flights were almost perfect. Everything worked as planned. Everyone expected the third moon-landing flight, Apol
[VOA自然探索]That's One Small Step for Man': Remembering the Apollo 11 Moon Landing2017-04-18
A rocket launch countdown. A common sound in the nineteen sixties. But this was not just another launch. It was the beginning of a historic event. It was the countdown for Apollo Eleven -- the space flight that would carry men to the first landing on the
[VOA自然探索]The Race to the Moon: Gemini 6 and 7 Meet High Above Earth in 19652017-04-18
Astronauts on the next flight, Gemini Five, suffered a number of technical problems. But they were able to survive in space for eight days.
[VOA自然探索]Race to the Moon: The Days of Project Gemini2017-04-18
Today, Harry Monroe and Tony Riggs report about America's second manned space program, Gemini. Two astronauts flew on each flight. Gemini's purpose was to bring the United States closer to its goal of landing astronauts on the moon.
[VOA自然探索]Explorations - In Race to Space, the Winner Was a Russian2017-04-18
The idea was simple. But making it happen was not a simple job. Thousands of scientists, engineers, technicians and other workers were needed. And money was needed -- thousands of millions of dollars.
[VOA自然探索]EXPLORATIONS - Project Mercury: The US Space Program Begins2017-04-18
That announcement was made May fifth, nineteen sixty-one. It was the first manned flight of project Mercury. Today, Tony Riggs and Larry West tell about the beginning of the United States space program that carried humans into space.
[VOA自然探索]Explorations - Antarctica: A Scientific Laboratory Like No Other in the World2017-04-18
This huge continent on the Earth's South Pole covers about fourteen million square kilometers. About ninety-eight percent of this area is covered in ice. Join us as we explore the history of Antarctica and its environmental and scientific importance.
[VOA自然探索]Explorations - Sleep Science: The Mystery of Dreams and Dreaming2017-04-18
Dreams are expressions of thoughts, feelings and events that pass through our mind while we are sleeping. People dream about one to two hours each night. We may have four to seven dreams in one night. Everybody dreams. But only some people remember their
[VOA自然探索]Explorations - For Women, Science Is a World With and Without Limits2017-04-18
Twelve women have won the Nobel Prize in science, one of the highest honors in the world. Some female scientists never married. Some worked with their husbands. Others raised large families. But it has been difficult for women to be successful scientists.
[VOA自然探索]Maya Lin's Works Are Her Answer to the Beauty of the Natural World2017-04-18
And I'm Faith Lapidus with EXPLORATIONS in VOA Special English. Today we tell about the work of the American artist and building designer Maya Lin. She is best known for designing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. which was completed in n
[VOA自然探索] Explorations - Visiting Endangered Places Around the World2017-04-18
Today we travel around the world visiting several endangered natural and cultural treasures. Some places like Australia's Great Barrier Reef and Montana's Glacier National Park are threatened by the effects of climate change.
[VOA自然探索] Environmental Film Festival Shows Beauty of World and Threats to Life2017-04-18
The movies were shown in fifty-two museums, embassies, and other places around the city this month. Many movies were about the state of the world's oceans and sea life. The aim of the festival is to educate people about environmental issues affecting our
[VOA自然探索]How Culture Affected Shakespeare, and He Affected Culture2017-04-18
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 lo
[VOA自然探索]Shakespeare Was a Producer and Actor and, Oh Yes, a Writer2017-04-18
You just heard part of a famous scene from a movie version of Romeo and Juliet. This tragic play remains one of the greatest, and perhaps most famous, love stories ever told. It tells about two young people who meet and fall deeply in love. But their fami

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