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。

Science in the News(科学新闻) 这一专题材主要对新近的科学技术新闻进行综述或摘要广播。向听众介绍世界各国在自然、医学、疾病、原子能、航天等方面的科研动态、成果、突破性进展及存在的困难。涉及当今世界人们普遍关心的重大问题,如核事故、航天飞机爆炸、自然灾害、环境污染和爱滋病等等。每逢星期二播出,每次播一到五条新闻摘要。

VOA慢速英语:太空旅游和商业开发2017-03-08
Exploring space used to be a job for governments only. But now, businessmen are sending their money to space. SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced last week his company will send two people on a trip around the moon. Other companies are also working hard to make money in the race into space.
VOA慢速英语:加州研究发现月球已45.1亿岁2017-03-06
As long as people have been walking Earth, they have been looking up at the moon. Many wonder how did that moon get there, and long has it been circling our planet? Scientists say they have a better idea of its age after studying a moon rock and soil collected in 1971.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:马里兰公司两种疫苗有望预防疟疾2017-02-27
Two vaccines developed by a Maryland company are showing promise in the fight against malaria. One vaccine was 100 percent effective in preventing the disease malaria. Malaria is a deadly disease that kills over 400,000 people a year worldwide, most of them children in Africa.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:NASA称新发现的行星或拥有生命形式2017-02-23
For the first time ever, astronomers have discovered a system of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting around a single star. NASA scientists said three of the newly discovered planets are in the so-called habitable zone that could possibly support life.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:高科技实验室使用飞机绘制亚马逊地图2017-02-20
Many of the treetops in the Amazon rainforest may look the same, but they are not. New research finds that the Amazon rainforest biodiversity is more mixed than people believed. Scientists developed a way to map the Amazon, from the air-- and found many different kinds of forests there.
VOA慢速英语:人类长期太空旅行身体出现的变化2017-02-13
While Scott Kelly lived for 340 days in space, his twin brother was on the ground. Scientists are comparing the two men to find out what happens to the human body in zero gravity.
VOA慢速英语:新技术有助于运送将移植的心脏2017-02-06
In recent years, doctors have perfected heart transplant surgery. It is now a common medical treatment in the United States. But there is still a shortage of donor hearts. Scientists now are testing technology to keep donor hearts in good condition before the operation; this helps to save lives.
VOA慢速英语:以色列建全球最大太阳能塔2017-01-30
In 2018, Israels small solar industry will take a giant leap forward when a new solar tower starts working. The tower will be 250 meters tall. It will be the largest solar tower in the world.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:中国雾霾的元凶是煤炭价格低?2017-01-23
January is winter in China. And in China’s north, the air is heavy with smog air pollution that makes it hard to breathe. People are covering their face with masks to protect themselves from unhealthy particulates floating in the air.
VOA慢速英语:南极冰山产生巨大裂纹2017-01-16
Scientists say a very large part of an ice shelf on Antarctica could break off and move into the sea sometime this year. The scientists are watching a large crack in the ice that is growing larger very quickly. Is climate change to blame?
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:研究人员测试新的癌症治疗方法2017-01-09
Scientists are exploring new ways of treating people with liver cancer. A University of Missouri researcher is testing a treatment that uses green nanotechnology to fight this often-deadly cancer.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:中国国家航天局发表2016航天发展白皮书2017-01-02
China recently released a five year plan for its space program. Goals include a continuously manned space station and a soft landing on the far side of the Moon. China also wants to be involved in efforts to explore the planet Mars.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:科学家在火星上寻找生命2016-12-26
U.S. and British scientists continue to look for evidence that life once existed on Mars. Recently, they seem to have found some positive signs.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:报告称长颈鹿数量下降四成已成濒危动物2016-12-19
Giraffes are beautiful animals known for their very long necks and tall legs. Now a report by the Red List says giraffes for the first time are vulnerable to extinction. What is happening to the tallest land animals on Earth?
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:NASA研发火星营养食品2016-12-12
NASA, the American space agency, is developing new food products for astronauts to eat in space. The agency will need such products for its planned mission to the planet Mars. In about four years, American astronauts will be traveling into deep space, beyond the moon.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:“增产植物”或能大量增产2016-12-05
Supercharged plants may someday help feed a hungry planet. Scientists have found a way to increase plant growth rates by changing how plants respond to changes in light.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:世界艾滋病日:南非测试艾滋病疫苗2016-12-01
December 1 is World AIDS Day. The virus has killed tens of millions of people since it was first identified in the 1980s. But, there is more hope than ever that researchers are getting closer to finding a vaccine to protect against infection.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:美国新卫星有望改善天气预报2016-11-28
A new American weather satellite could save more lives by better predicting extreme weather conditions.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:蜘蛛网和吉他弦有什么共同点?2016-11-21
Spider webs have something in common with guitar strings. They both vibrate. On the webs made by spiders, the lines of silk they produce can carry vibrations. This movement gives the small creature information about what landed on its web, maybe a possible mate, or dinner.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:温室效应与类地行星2016-11-14
The Arctic Ocean’s ice disappears more and more each year. Scientists blame human activity for the problem. In another story, scientists are studying a planet orbiting a nearby star. They say oceans might cover the surface of the planet, called Proxima b.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:能帮主人干农活的机器人2016-11-07
Technology advances are helping farmers watch and grow crops on their land. Researchers in the American state of Idaho developed a robot that uses radio frequency devices that can determine how much chemical treatment each plant needs.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:火星:人类将如何到达那里?2016-10-31
People have always wondered about the fourth planet from the sun—Mars. Recently there has been much talk about how to get humans there to see it with our own eyes. Different governments and private industry are working on ways to make that happen.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:科学家用现代技术研究1.7亿年前生物化石2016-10-24
Scientists are studying the fossilized remains of an ancient sea monster. The fossils were found in Scotland 50 years ago, but it was not until recently that they could be pulled out of hard rock.
VOA慢速英语:黑猩猩Foxie得到一个美好的结局2016-10-17
Chimpanzees are human beings’ closest relatives. Using chimps for medical research has ended in the United States. A chimp named Foxie once was used for experiments, but now spends her days playing other chimps and enjoying life. But there are more than 650 other chimps who need new homes.
VOA慢速英语:真的有会唱情歌的鱼?2016-10-10
Scientists have wanted to know why these fish -- the male plainfin midshipman -- sing only at night. They sing a low hum to attract females to lay eggs in nests they build. Now, they have an answer.
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