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。

30多年来,VOA 为了办好Special English节目,进行了大量的调查研究工作,对播音速度、内容及用词范围都作了具体规定,基本上达到了既能为英语学习者提供信息,又不损害英语本身风格的目的,使之成为VOA 独具特色,拥有最大量听众的节目。

美国著名词汇学家S. B. Flexmer 指明了Special English的三条标准,也就是它所“特别”的地方:

1、它是一种由美国人最常用的1500个基本单词为主体构成的美国英语;

2、它用简短、明晰的句子写作和广播;

3、它以每分钟90个单词的速度,即2/3的Standard English(标准英语)速度进行广播。

Special English的节目可分为两大类:一类是新闻节目;一类是专题节目。

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China's ban on cryptocurrency mining has forced bitcoin entrepreneurs to flee overseas. Many are heading to Texas, which is quickly becoming the next global cry
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US President Joe Biden says "historic investment" is needed to deal with the climate crisis, as the north-east reels from flash flooding and tornadoes that hav
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Japan's Yoshihide Suga prime minister has said he will not run for re-election as party leader this month, signalling the end of his tenure.日本首相菅义伟表示,
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Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will visit Pakistan later as part of efforts to secure safe passage for Britons and others trying to leave Afghanistan.外交大臣多
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Police in New Zealand have shot dead a man after he entered an Auckland supermarket and stabbed multiple people.一名男子进入奥克兰一家超市并刺伤多人后,新西兰警
Syed Ali Geelani:克什米尔的分离主义领导人去世,享年92岁2021-09-02
Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani has died at his home in Srinagar at the age of 92.克什米尔分离主义领导人赛义德·阿里·吉拉尼在斯利那加
多米尼克·拉布在卡塔尔就阿富汗撤离问题进行会谈2021-09-02
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has flown to Doha for talks with Qatari leaders on how to help British nationals and Afghans who are trying to leave Afghanistan
德克萨斯州堕胎法:拜登誓言捍卫妇女的宪法权利2021-09-02
US President Joe Biden has condemned a new law in Texas banning abortion from as early as six weeks and vowed to defend women's constitutional rights.美国总统
中国将儿童在线游戏时间缩短至一小时2021-08-31
Online gamers under the age of 18 will only be allowed to play for an hour on Fridays, weekends and holidays, China's video game regulator has said.中国电子游戏
飓风艾达:路易斯安那州有 100 万人断电2021-08-31
Louisiana residents may be in the dark for weeks as officials take stock of the damage from Hurricane Ida.路易斯安那州的居民可能会在数周内蒙在鼓里,因为官员们正在
阿富汗:英国敦促就符合条件的阿富汗人安全通行进行合作2021-08-31
The foreign secretary is urging his international counterparts to work together to provide safe passage for eligible people out of Afghanistan.外交大臣敦促他的
阿富汗:逃离塔利班进入巴基斯坦,把梦想抛在脑后2021-08-31
With the Taliban taking control of Afghanistan, thousands have fled their homes in fear. While much of the attention has focused on the crowds thronging Kabul a
尼日利亚学生积累学位以留在欧洲2021-08-31
After more than 200 unsuccessful job applications on LinkedIn alone, Nigerian student Modupe Osunkoya knew time was running out for her to extend her stay in Be
联合国表示,高污染的含铅汽油现已从世界上根除2021-08-31
There is now no country in the world that uses leaded petrol for cars and lorries, the UN Environment Programme has announced.联合国环境规划署宣布,现在世界上没有
阿富汗:随着美国的撤退,英国将推动阿富汗人的安全通行2021-08-31
The international community will "push as one voice" for the safe passage of Afghans who want to leave, Boris Johnson has said.鲍里斯·约翰逊说,国际社会将“团结
东京 2020:丰田在事故后重新启动无人驾驶汽车2021-08-31
Toyota is resuming operations of its autonomous vehicles at the Paralympic Games village in Tokyo following an accident.发生事故后,丰田正在东京残奥会村恢复其自动
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The UK is seeking international agreement to ensure the Taliban sticks to its commitment to allow safe passage for Afghans and foreign nationals who want to lea
飓风艾达:风暴来袭,新奥尔良失去动力2021-08-30
The US city of New Orleans has lost power, with only generators working, as Hurricane Ida batters Louisiana.随着艾达飓风袭击路易斯安那州,美国新奥尔良市已经停电,只
新西兰妇女接种辉瑞疫苗后死亡2021-08-30
New Zealand has reported what it believes to be its first death linked to the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.新西兰报告了它认为与辉瑞 Covid-19 疫苗有关的首例死亡事件。
2020 年东京残奥会:Avani Lekhara 为印度赢得历史性的射击金牌2021-08-30
Shooter Avani Lekhara has created sporting history after becoming the first Indian woman to win a Paralympics gold medal.射手Avani Lekhara在成为第一位赢得残奥会
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The Swiss climber Ueli Steck has been killed preparing to climb Mount Everest, Nepal's tourist office says.尼泊尔旅游局称,瑞士登山者 Ueli Steck 在准备攀登珠穆朗
阿富汗:黑鹰和悍马——塔利班现在的军事装备2021-08-29
A video recently posted on social media showed Taliban fighters looking on as an iconic piece of US military hardware - a Black Hawk helicopter - was piloted ac
Agnes Sithole:与南非性别歧视婚姻法作斗争的女人2021-08-29
Agnes Sithole has become an unlikely hero for hundreds of thousands of black women in South Africa.Agnes Sithole 已成为南非数十万黑人女性不太可能成为的英雄。At
巴西的 Jair Bolsonaro 说他将被杀害、被捕或连任2021-08-29
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has said he sees three alternatives for his future: prison, death or victory in next year's presidential election.巴西总统雅
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Another attack on Kabul airport is highly likely, US President Joe Biden has warned, saying commanders have told him it could come as early as Sunday.美国总统乔
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The final film to star Danika "Nika" McGuigan will receive its Irish premiere in her hometown of Clones, County Monaghan, on Sunday.由 Danika “Nika” McGuigan
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The UK will continue its operation to evacuate people from Afghanistan despite the "despicable" attack at the capital's airport, Boris Johnson says.鲍里斯·约翰
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The US Supreme Court has ruled to allow evictions to resume across the country.美国最高法院已裁定允许在全国范围内恢复驱逐。It blocked the Biden administration's
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澳大利亚农民用羊画心向阿姨致敬2021-08-26
Like so many families separated during the pandemic, Ben Jackson wasn't able to say goodbye to a loved one.像大流行期间许多离散的家庭一样,本·杰克逊无法与所爱的
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The boss of Qantas has said that the pandemic is likely to cost the firm A$20bn ($14.5bn; £10.6bn) in lost revenue by the end of 2021.澳航的老板曾表示,到 2021
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S President Joe Biden says the US is "on pace" to meet a 31 August deadline for evacuations, despite previous calls from allies for an extension.美国总统乔拜登
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A court has granted bail to an Indian federal minister, Narayan Rane, who was arrested over his remark about slapping Maharashtra state's chief minister.法院已
多萝西巴特勒吉列姆:“我不是女仆,我是记者”2021-08-22
Dorothy Butler Gilliam began her career as a black female journalist on a major US newspaper at a time when society was still largely segregated. The BBC's Farh
阿尔及利亚绝望的野火斗争:水桶和树枝2021-08-22
The once verdant mountains of the Algerian region of Tizi Ouzou, peppered with olive groves and coniferous trees, were ravaged by more than 100 forest fires ove
阿富汗:布莱尔称美国撤军“愚蠢”2021-08-22
Former UK PM Tony Blair has described the US decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan as "imbecilic" in his first public statement since the fall of Kabul t
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The US has warned its citizens to avoid Kabul airport amid concerns about the potential for attacks by Afghanistan's branch of the Islamic State (IS) group.由于
飓风亨利:美国东海岸警告严重破坏2021-08-22
Residents on the US East Coast have been urged to prepare for one of the most powerful storms in years.美国东海岸的居民被敦促为多年来最强大的风暴之一做好准备。H
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