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。

VOA慢速英语:英语日常语法:完美时态2016-12-30
What are the hardest tenses for English learners? Many would say they are the perfect tenses. These confusing verb structures show how an event in the past has an effect on the present. Let the Everyday Grammar team make them easier for you.
VOA慢速英语:英语日常语法:that的用法2016-12-16
Today, we are going to explore a mysterious word in English that seems to appear and disappear at will!
VOA慢速英语:英语日常语法:动词时态2016-12-09
Today on Everyday Grammar, we give you a basic overview of the verb tense system in English.
VOA慢速英语:英语日常语法:了解动词“Get”2016-12-02
From VOA Learning English, this is Everyday Grammar. So, Alice, what did you do last night? Well, I was at home, getting ready to go to the movies. I was getting my shoes on when I got a feeling that something strange was going to happen.
VOA慢速英语:英语日常语法:感恩节的火鸡与语法2016-11-25
In todays report, we explore what Thanksgiving can teach you about English verbs. In particular, we will show you how Thanksgiving can teach you to use stative verbs. We will also show you the difference between stative and progressive verbs.
VOA慢速英语:英语日常语法:副词Always2016-11-18
In todays program, we explore a single word: always. Always is not as movable as other adverbs. Always generally is found after BE verbs and auxiliary verbs, but before other verbs. When speakers emphasize always, its meaning changes
VOA慢速英语:英语日常语法:语法与总统选举(二)2016-11-04
When politicians give speeches, they talk about any number of things, such as their beliefs, personal history, or opinions on major issues. Today, we explore another strategy politicians often use to present ideas: sentence cohesion.
VOA慢速英语:英语日常语法:语法与总统选举(一)2016-10-28
Political candidates like to use certain grammatical structures when they speak. They use these structures because they can have a rhetorical effect. In todays program, we explore one common structure: the deliberate fragment.
VOA慢速英语:英语日常语法:提高你的语法和发音2016-10-21
English speakers use different grammatical structures to change the sound of a sentence. Today, we consider a simple word: there. We will learn how to use the word there to change the sound of a sentence. We will also learn how grammar controls when the speaker emphasizes the word there.
VOA慢速英语:英语日常语法:音乐词汇短语2016-10-14
Today we explore movability - the way English speakers move words to different places in a sentence. Many great musicians, poets, and speechwriters use movable phrases when they are writing or speaking. They want to make sure an important word or idea comes at a certain part of a sentence.
VOA慢速英语:英语日常语法:学习分词短语与著名歌曲2016-10-07
Participial phrases often act as adjectives in a sentence. The phrases change the meaning of a noun or noun phrase. Participial phrases are often complex for English learners. Today, we show you how you can get participial phrases by reducing relative clauses.
VOA慢速英语:英语日常语法:听英文歌也能学英语吗?2016-09-30
You may not realize it, but musicians like Bob Marley and BB King are actually teaching you about English grammar in each song they perform.
VOA慢速英语:英语日常语法:什么是状语?(二)2016-09-23
Adverbials can add more information to many common sentence patterns in English. By learning and mastering adverbials, English learners can improve their writing and speaking skills.
VOA慢速英语:英语日常语法:什么是状语?(一)2016-09-16
Adverbials are words or terms that give information about time, place, reason or the way things are done. They are important because they can change almost any of the basic sentence patterns in English. This week, we explore a common adverbial: the prepositional phrase.
VOA慢速英语:英语日常语法:常见句型:第4部分2016-09-09
English has many patterns. Learning and mastering these patterns can help you improve your writing and speaking skills. Todays common pattern is the transitive verb pattern. There are several types of transitive verbs, but they all have one thing in common: a direct object.
VOA慢速英语:英语日常语法:常见句型:第3部分2016-09-02
What are intransitive verbs and how are they used? Find out in the third part of our series about common sentence patterns in the English language.
VOA慢速英语:英语日常语法:正确使用代词2016-08-26
Sometimes English speakers try to be too correct. That is what often happens with the pronouns I and me.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:英语日常语法:拟声词2016-08-19
Every language in the world has words that express sounds. These are called onomatopoetic words. When a person says an onomatopoetic word, the sound of the word copies the natural sound the word is identifying.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:英语日常语法:动词短语2016-07-29
Today we look at a very common verb form in English – phrasal verbs. There are over 5,000 verbs that fall in this category. Do you know how to use them? In this episode, we will introduce this type of verb and help you understand how and why English speakers use them.
VOA慢速英语:英语日常语法:反义疑问句2016-07-22
This week Everyday Grammar looks at those little questions English speakers put at the end of a sentence. They can be positive or negative. You have heard of them, haven't you?
VOA慢速英语:英语日常语法:贝蒂阿扎尔2016-07-15
Betty Azar is the most successful writer of grammar textbooks in the world. Generations of English learners will recognize her best-selling book Understanding and Using English Grammar. Today Ms. Azar shares her tips for understanding what you hear in English.
VOA慢速英语:英语日常语法:平行结构句子2016-07-08
Parallelism is the repetition of similar grammatical forms. It is a powerful tool in public speaking and writing. Keep in mind that most people do not use long parallel structures in casual conversation. It would sound a bit unnatural and overly formal.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:英语日常语法:Could、Would、Should的用法2016-07-01
Today we will take a look at the modal verbs could have, would have and should have. These past tense modals are useful for expressing your present feelings about a past decision (or other action).
VOA慢速英语:英语日常语法:关系代词2016-06-24
In this week’s episode of Everyday Grammar, we are going to discuss the relative pronouns who, that and which. A relative pronoun relates to the noun it is describing. Relative pronouns introduce a relative clause. Think of relative clauses as long adjectives -- words that modify a noun.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:英语日常语法:May、Might、Must的用法2016-06-17
May, Might and Must are modal verbs that cause confusion for some learners. The Everyday Grammar team is on the job, explaining how to use these modals to express how certain, or sure, you are of something. You can also use one of them to tell about your wishes for the future.

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