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]At the Vatican, Some of the World’s Greatest Art2010-02-03
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.
[VOA自然探索]EXPLORATIONS - A Museum Better Known as the US Capitol2010-02-03
The United States Congress meets in the Capitol. The building was created as a physical representation of democracy. But it is also a museum filled with art and sculpture that tell about America's social and political history.
voa慢速英语:美国国会山建筑风采2010-02-03
The United States Congress meets in the Capitol. The building was created as a physical representation of democracy. But it is also a museum filled with art and sculpture that tell about America's social and political history.
voa慢速英语:From 'Dracula'to 'Twilight,'Vampires Evolve...2010-01-27
More recent versions of vampires are in many books, movies and television series. The Twilight series of books and movies has increased the popularity of vampires around the world.
voa慢速英语:2009:A Year of Discovery and Promise in Space2010-01-20
Possibly the biggest space story this year was the discovery of water on the moon. The best evidence was provided by a dramatic experiment carried out on October ninth. NASA used its Lunar Crater Observing and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, to look for water deep beneath the lunar surface.
voa慢速英语:莎士比亚和文化之间的相互影响2010-01-15
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 lovely woman. The movie is only very loosely based on real events, but it is a wonderful story.
voa慢速英语:EXPLORATIONS-Eleanor Creesy:She Guided One...2009-12-23
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:Visiting the Galapagos and the Unusual Creatures...2009-12-16
The nineteen islands that make up the Galapagos lie along the equator one thousand kilometers west of Ecuador. The islands are named for the giant tortoises that live there. Galapagos has been called "a living museum and showcase of evolution." The animals on the islands influenced British nature scientist Charles Darwin's ideas about evolution by natural selection.
voa慢速英语讲解:攀岩不仅是运动,还是艺术2009-12-09
An estimated nine million people rock climb in the United States. Millions more take part in the activity around the world. Some do it just for personal satisfaction. Others compete. Rock climbing can be dangerous. But there are many methods and protective devices that can increase a climber's safety.
voa慢速英语讲解:平均每两周有一种语言消失2009-12-02
As the last speakers of a language die off, the valuable information contained within a language also disappears. Join us as we learn about the cultural value of language and why endangered languages must be protected.
voa慢速英语讲解:全球Hip-Hop音乐传达的信息2009-11-25
Hip-hop music is popular around the world. Hip-hop artists created their own Declaration of Peace that is recognized by the United Nations. Socially conscious hip-hop artists spread messages of peace, security, unity, forgiveness and happiness. Often, their songs teach young people about human rights and fighting for their freedoms so they can have a better future.
voa慢速英语讲解:Jane Goodall:始终致力于黑猩猩的研究2009-11-18
Today, Miz Goodall spends most of her time traveling around the world speaking about wildlife protection and working to build support for her foundation. She recently wrote a book about endangered animals.
voa慢速英语:Getting a Feel for Textile Arts Around the World2009-11-04
Her work Variations on H is made up of different colors of finely made hands connected together to form a flowing cloth. How did Miz Adams make this work? Today we answer this question as we explore the world of textile art.
voa慢速英语:探索各时代的珠宝艺术2009-10-28
People from almost all cultures throughout history have been making and wearing jewelry. Jewelry is valued for its visual quality, the richness of its materials and the expert way it is made. Since ancient times people have worn jewelry like rings, bracelets and necklaces to decorate their fingers, wrists and necks.
voa慢速英语:探索木制品艺术2009-10-21
One tall bowl with a wide opening is made from black cherry wood. It is so perfectly formed it is hard to believe it is handmade. How did Phil Brown make this bowl? We will answer this question as we explore the many artistic traditions of wood.
voa慢速英语:Hip-Hop Goes Global to a Socially Active Beat2009-10-14
Hip-hop music started in the South Bronx area of New York City in the early nineteen seventies among young African Americans and Latino Americans. People would gather in the streets singing and dancing to hip-hop. It was a place for people to sing about social injustices as well as what was happening on the streets.
voa慢速英语讲解:大峡谷:真正的世界奇观2009-10-07
Today, we take you to one of the most popular and beautiful places in the United States. It is the Grand Canyon in the southwestern state of Arizona.
voa慢速英语:探寻世界历史玻璃艺术2009-09-16
Throughout history, people from cultures around the world have been making glass. People first found and used glass made by nature. For example, lightning can create tubes of glass when it strikes sand that has the right combination of minerals. Glass pieces produced by lightning are called fulgurites.
[VOA自然探索]Visiting the Galapagos and the Unusual Creatures That Live There2005-12-16
The nineteen islands that make up the Galapagos lie along the equator one thousand kilometers west of Ecuador. The islands are named for the giant tortoises that live there. Galapagos has been called "a living museum and showcase of evolution." The animals on the islands influenced British nature scientist Charles Darwin's ideas about evolution by natural selection.
[VOA自然探索]Cliffhanger: Rock Climbing as Sport and Art2005-12-09
An estimated nine million people rock climb in the United States. Millions more take part in the activity around the world. Some do it just for personal satisfaction. Others compete. Rock climbing can be dangerous. But there are many methods and protective devices that can increase a climber's safety.
[VOA自然探索]Somewhere a Language Dies Every Two Weeks2005-12-02
As the last speakers of a language die off, the valuable information contained within a language also disappears. Join us as we learn about the cultural value of language and why endangered languages must be protected.
[VOA自然探索]Global Hip-Hop Music with a Message2005-11-25
Hip-hop music is popular around the world. Hip-hop artists created their own Declaration of Peace that is recognized by the United Nations. Socially conscious hip-hop artists spread messages of peace, security, unity, forgiveness and happiness. Often, their songs teach young people about human rights and fighting for their freedoms so they can have a better future.
[VOA自然探索]Jane Goodall: Still Hard at Work for the Chimps2005-11-18
Today, Miz Goodall spends most of her time traveling around the world speaking about wildlife protection and working to build support for her foundation. She recently wrote a book about endangered animals.
[VOA自然探索]Exploring the Art of Jewelry Across the Ages2005-10-28
The methods we have described are still being used by artists today. Modern technology and newer methods have only added to the countless ways that stones, metals and other materials can be formed. Today, jewelry designers combine old and new methods with styles from around the world. Many also use unexpected materials, such as plastics, cotton and wood. The creative possibilities of modern jewelry making are limitless.
[VOA自然探索]As the World Turns: Exploring the Art of Wood2005-10-21
One tall bowl with a wide opening is made from black cherry wood. It is so perfectly formed it is hard to believe it is handmade. How did Phil Brown make this bowl? We will answer this question as we explore the many artistic traditions of wood.

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