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2010-07-21
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 morals and the human story behind a famous line of cells.
voa慢速英语讲解:经度的发现之旅2010-07-14
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 commander of the ships had been worried that they could hit rocks if they were not careful. He asked his navigators for their opinion on their location in the ocean.
voa慢速英语:Remembering the X-15,America's First Step in...2010-07-07
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...2010-06-30
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's highest mountain. The summit of Mount Everest is eight thousand eight hundred forty-eight meters high.
voa慢速英语讲解:卢浮宫庆祝艺术的过去和现在2010-06-24
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 became a national museum to house the country's treasures. The thirty-five thousand works of art in the museum represent thousands of years of human culture and come from all over the world.
voa慢速英语:Celebrating Art's Past and Present, at the Louvre2010-06-23
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 ...2010-06-16
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,Heroes2010-06-09
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 them to the world. They talk about football and life.
voa慢速英语讲解:努力获得成功的三位美国球星2010-06-04
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 and future of professional soccer in America.
voa慢速英语:Amelia Earhart:The First Woman to Fly Across...2010-05-26
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 play ball or climb trees. Those activities were considered fun for boys. They were considered wrong for girls.
voa慢速英语:Art by Japanese-American Detainees During World...2010-05-19
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 Camps 1942-1946.It shows more than one hundred objects made by Japanese-Americans.
voa慢速英语:Guitar Heroes,Before Anyone Even Heard of a Video Game2010-05-12
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. The traditional Spanish folk music called Flamenco could not exist without a guitar. The sound of American blues music would not be the same without the sad cry of the guitar. And rock and roll music would almost be impossible without this instrument.
voa慢速英语讲解:犯罪与惩罚2010-05-05
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 these criminals have been found. Today we tell about this special list. And we visit a museum in Washington that helps people learn more about crimes and investigations.
voa慢速英语:New Plan for NASA Aims Beyond the Moon2010-04-28
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 402010-04-21
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 problems the country faced.
voa慢速英语讲解:自学成才艺术家创作出不朽作品2010-04-14
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 few stories about some great artists. The art itself will explain what is special about these similar movements.
voa慢速英语讲解:史前生物埋葬点-拉布瑞亚焦油坑2010-04-07
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 nose to dig near a small tree. It finds nothing. The pig starts to walk away, but it cannot move its feet.
voa慢速英语:The Sky is No Limit for the Tallest Buildings...2010-03-31
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 reach the upper floors of tall buildings. The development of steel building technology also helped make taller buildings possible.
voa慢速英语讲解:Ted Nash受艺术品启发创作爵士乐2010-03-24
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?2010-03-17
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2010-03-10
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 to tell as much truth as possible about this interesting time in American history.
voa慢速英语:Museum of Chinese in America Explores...2010-03-03
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?2010-02-25
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 soon be published in several languages, including Chinese, Korean and Japanese.
voa慢速英语:Chocolate Has a History as Rich as Its Taste2010-02-18
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 Art2010-02-10
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 the opening celebration of the new entrance to the Vatican Museums in two thousand. But other works here are much older.

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