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:科学家发现与地球类似的行星2011-02-10
Today we tell about an American spacecraft that has a date with a comet. We hear the latest about a space shuttle commander whose wife continues to recover from a deadly gun attack. And we remember a sad anniversary. But first, the discovery of possible planets like our own.
voa慢速英语:'Green' Cities Are Organizing to Protect the Environment2011-02-02
Green ideas are finding their way into many American cities. Here, a man stands on a green roof on a building in Washington, DC
voa慢速英语讲解:黑天鹅之前芭蕾舞的巨大影响力2011-01-26
The word ballet comes from the French language, and is based on the Italian word balletto. Balletto means a little dance. Ballet's early roots began in Italy in the late fourteen hundreds. But it was in France that ballet developed into the form we know today.
voa慢速英语讲解:游览全世界的街头艺术2011-01-19
Street art can be found on buildings, sidewalks, street signs and even trashcans from Tokyo to Paris to New York City. This special kind of art can take the form of paintings, sculptures, cloth or even stickers. Its international presence is supported by Web sites, artist communities, books and magazines.
voa慢速英语:Where Did the English Language Come From?2011-01-06
More people are trying to learn English than any other language in the world. English is the language of political negotiations and international business. It has become the international language of science and medicine. International treaties say passenger airplane pilots must speak English.
voa慢速英语讲解:游览加州沿岸漂亮的天主教堂2010-12-29
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. But Spain had no settlements in California. King Charles knew if the Russians began to settle the area, Spain might lose control of California forever.
voa慢速英语:“Hide/Seek”Exhibit at National Portrait...2010-12-15
Today we visit two museums housed in one building in Washington, D.C. The Smithsonian American Art Museum recently opened a show on the New York artist Alexis Rockman. His colorful paintings are influenced by an interest in science and a deep concern for environmental issues.
voa慢速英语讲解:讲述收音机的发展历史2010-12-08
Our story begins in Britain in eighteen seventy-three. A scientist named James Maxwell wrote a mathematical theory about a kind of energy. He called this energy electromagnetic waves.
voa慢速英语讲解:联合国非物质文化遗产名录2010-12-01
Today we tell about recent efforts by the United Nations to honor and protect different cultural traditions from around the world. U.N. experts meeting in Nairobi, Kenya recently announced this year's cultural protection list.
voa慢速英语讲解:电动混合动力汽车是否未来汽车主流2010-11-17
Starting this Friday, the auto industry will show off more than nine hundred of its latest vehicles at the LA Auto Show in Los Angeles, California. The event provides a look at about fifty hybrid, electric and alternative fuel cars that could soon be available in the United States.
voa慢速英语讲解:探索地球上神秘的蓝洞2010-11-10
These cave systems form in carbonate rock, often on islands. Some blue holes have very special rock formations and water chemistry. Far below sea level, they contain some of the harshest environments on Earth, with no oxygen and no light. Yet these areas are filled with life forms that have adapted to the extreme conditions.
voa慢速英语:12 Cultural Sites in Developing World Listed...2010-11-04
The Global Heritage Fund says these places are important because they are records of our human civilization. And the group says countries can learn to use these treasures to help support responsible development in the future.
voa慢速英语讲解:胡佛水坝为数百万人提供电力2010-10-28
Today we tell about Hoover Dam. It was the largest and most difficult structure of its kind ever built when work started in nineteen thirty-one. A new bypass bridge that opened this month near the dam is also a wonder of engineering.
voa慢速英语:Studying a Wine Involves Using Several Senses...2010-10-20
Today we continue our exploration into the world of wine. Last week, we discussed the history, kinds of grapes and how wine is produced. This week, we learn how to taste a glass of wine like a professional. We also discuss changes in the wine industry. And we talk with a wine expert who teaches at the Culinary Institute of America.
voa慢速英语:People Have Produced Wine Since...2010-10-13
It is hard to say how long people have been drinking wine. Wine is far older than recorded history. Some experts say it is as old as civilization itself.
voa慢速英语:Voyager:The First Airplane to Fly Around...2010-10-06
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:Planetariums Take Viewers on a Trip...2010-09-29
A planetarium is a theater with a rounded ceiling onto which images of the stars and planets are projected. Planetariums give educational shows about astronomy and what you can see in the night sky. Today, we tell about the past, present, and future of planetariums. And, we visit the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
voa慢速英语:Fourteen Scientists and Activists Who...2010-09-22
Once a year, the National Geographic Society honors a group of scientists, activists, wildlife experts and artists for their work as explorers and thinkers. Honorees receive a ten thousand dollar award to help them continue their research and projects. Today we tell about this year's fourteen Emerging Explorers and talk to two of them.
voa慢速英语:Leonardo da Vinci:One of the Greatest...2010-09-15
We start with one of Leonardo da Vinci's most famous drawings, called Vitruvian Man. This work is a good example of his ever questioning mind, and his effort to bring together art, math and science.
voa慢速英语:A Visit to Volcanoes National Park and...2010-09-08
we visit two of the most unusual national parks in the United States. They are Volcanoes National Park and Haleakala National Park, both in Hawaii.
voa慢速英语讲解:激光诞生50周年的光辉历程2010-09-02
Three professional research groups have been leading a year-long celebration of the laser's fiftieth anniversary. It is called LaserFest. The American Physical Society, the Optical Society (OSA), and SPIE, a group that supports the study of light, all have been involved. One goal is to honor the early developers of lasers who were both scientists and business leaders.
voa慢速英语:Lower East Side Tenement Museum...2010-08-25
The Lower East Side Tenement Museum is one of the smaller museums in New York. It lets visitors experience how early immigrants to the United States lived. The museum is a building at Ninety-Seven Orchard Street. It was built in eighteen sixty-three by a German immigrant named Lucas Glockner. He worked as a tailor making clothes before investing his money to develop a property.
voa慢速英语讲解:史迪格·拉森千禧年三部曲2010-08-18
Visit any airport, train station, or coffee shop in the United States this summer, and chances are you will find someone reading a book by the Swedish writer Stieg Larsson. The three books that make up his Millennium series have sold over thirty-five million copies around the world.
voa慢速英语:From Bhangra to Reggae,a Musical Trip...2010-08-11
Today we travel around the world listening to the music from six creative and exciting albums. Some artists are well known, while others are at the start of their musical careers. The music we will listen to comes from a wide range of influences and traditions. We begin with music from South Africa that is sure to make listeners want to dance.
voa慢速英语讲解:游览纽约都市艺术博物馆2010-08-04
The Metropolitan Museum of Art collection covers five thousand years of human culture from all over the world. The museum, also known as the Met, was created in eighteen seventy by a group of businessmen, artists and thinkers. Their goal was to create a leading museum that would bring art and art education to the American people.

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