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。

VOA慢速英语:如何避免勒索比特币病毒入侵?2017-05-19
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该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Facebook开发者大会:改善现实2017-04-28
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VOA慢速英语:Google与Pinterest研发图像搜索新方法2017-04-21
Google and Pinterest each have new ways to search using images. Both companies believe that people who search images may want more than just a picture of the exact item searched. Many people might seek more general information related to what is in a phot
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:伦敦测试GATEway无人驾驶车2017-04-19
Harry is part of an experiment called GATEway that is testing how people react to driverless vehicles. The name GATEway is short for Greenwich Automated Transport Environment. The experiment aims to help cities prepare for the future of transportation.
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f you are a fan of emojis, you might enjoy Memoji. The new app turns photos of faces into emojis. If your friends are fans of emojis, you can turn their photos into emojis, too.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:三星推出新一代旗舰手机Galaxy S82017-04-19
Samsung has launched its much-awaited new smartphone, the Galaxy S8, at a media event in New York. The launch came after Samsung was forced to recall millions of its troubled Note 7 devices last year.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:谷歌地图工具允许用户与朋友分享自己的位置2017-04-19
An update to Google Maps contains a handy tool that lets users share their location with friends. No more need to let someone know that you are going to be late.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Netflix更改电视节目用户评级方式2017-04-19
The update changes user ratings to a Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down system. This makes it simpler for viewers to post ratings and is similar to YouTube ratings.
VOA慢速英语:Twitter添加过滤用户和文字功能2017-04-19
Twitter can be a helpful source of news, information and advice. Twitter can also be annoying, with troll accounts that tweet using hateful words. The site can also be the source of spoilers, posts that tell what happens in a movie or sporting event that
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:facebook升级标识假新闻功能2017-04-19
Facebook has started a program to battle the spread of fake news. The program alerts Facebook users when independent fact checkers have disputed the truth of a news story. Facebook also has made it easier for its users to dispute a news story.
VOA慢速英语:谷歌宣布Android更新两大新功能2017-04-19
If you have an Android phone, you should know about two new updates to Android that Google announced this past week. The updates add new features to Android phones to make them more useful.
VOA慢速英语:网站提供免费电子书2017-04-19
Several websites offer free ebooks. Others share information about where to find free or discounted ebooks. There are several reasons some ebooks are free. In some cases, the book’s copyright has expired. In other cases, writers offer books for free to gr
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:如何修复你的Facebook新闻提要2017-04-19
Has your Facebook News Feed become a mess of political stories, unwanted videos and angry rants? Are you wishing for the days when your feed was filled with posts from friends you care about the most?
VOA慢速英语:显示网站历史的网站2017-04-19
The Wayback Machine site shows a kind of history of the internet. It shows websites that are no longer online and older versions of current sites.
VOA慢速英语:Twitter整合新选项卡2017-04-19
Twitters new tab, Explore, is only available in the updated Twitter app for iPhone and iPad. But, Explore is expected to come to the Twitter Android app within a few weeks. Explore is designed to make it easier to find important tweets.
VOA慢速英语:Siri Vs 谷歌助理 哪个更适合你?2017-04-19
Siri from Apple and Google Assistant from Google both try to answer users’ questions. The two companies each hope that by offering the best digital assistants, they will sell more of their products and services.
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VOA慢速英语:2016年Google热门搜索关键词2017-04-19
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This year, two Santa trackers offer new ways to see where Santa is during his trip on the night before Christmas.
VOA慢速英语:几个强大的图表制作工具2017-04-19
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VOA慢速英语:七个隐藏的谷歌游戏2017-04-19
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Report Shows Selfie Deaths on The Rise Selfie, taking a picture of yourself to post on social media, became an official word in the Oxford dictionary in 2013. The idea seems simple...
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An online service from Google aims to provide search tools for people looking for airplane flights. Google says the tool lets users find the best flight for them using historical flight information.
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Last week the future of computers came more clearly into view. Microsoft and Apple announced new machines that demonstrate where computer technology is headed.
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VOA慢速英语:电子产品出问题了应该如何修复2017-04-19
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Accident rates for self-driving cars have been much lower than the rates for human-driven cars. But some accidents cannot be avoided. MITs Moral Machine is designed to help researchers develop a moral sense in self-driving cars.
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Did you know that Google has a service that can help you find your Android phone? Or one that can take you on a virtual tour of a museum? And, if you want to know how to say something in another language, Google Translate can help.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Uber获准在匹兹堡测试无人驾驶汽车2017-04-19
Ride-sharing company Uber will begin using self-driving cars in a few weeks to carry passengers around Pittsburgh. Driverless vehicles are being tested by other companies, but this is the first time the public will get to use them. The cars will have a dr
VOA慢速英语:几款手机视频通话服务APP相比2017-04-19
Google has a new video calling service. Is it right for you? Compare services to see which ones have the best features.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:人类自闭症基因已被发现2017-04-19
The causes of autism are complicated and mostly unknown. But researchers have taken a step forward. They have identified hundreds of genes that may play a role in developing autism. Their model? Facebook.
VOA慢速英语:四家主流云服务对比2017-04-19
Finding the Cloud service than can best serve your needs can be difficult as there are so many available. Consumers need to consider and compare each service’s features, storage possibilities, free space and best price.
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VOA慢速英语:利用手机APP协助救灾2017-04-19
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VOA慢速英语:语音智能助手Siri进驻苹果Mac电脑2017-04-19
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Apple says iOS 10 is the company’s biggest operating system release ever. It says it introduces 10 major new features to iPhone and iPad. The company announced the new technology at its World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California last we
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VOA慢速英语:Twitter修改规则 每条Tweet将可呈现更多内容2017-04-19
The social media website Twitter has announced major updates to its service. Some changes will make it easier to add words and images to a tweet. Other changes will affect how tweets can be sent and who will see them.
VOA慢速英语:旅行APP(应用程式)让旅行更容易更有趣2017-04-19
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Last week, Google held a conference where the company announced what it has planned for the coming months. Google’s 2016 I/O conference for software developers took place in Mountain View, California. The event was held just a short distance from Google’s
VOA慢速英语:一些让人放松的科技工具2017-04-19
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该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:科学家研发可永久循环使用电池2017-04-19
Mya Le Thai said she had been frustrated that the batteries for her wireless devices degrade. Over time, they fail to charge fully. Thai is a scientist studying at the University of California, Irvine. She recently discovered a process that may result in
VOA慢速英语:手机APP帮助学生提高工作效率2017-04-19
Apps can help students get better organized, study for tests and prepare research papers. In other words, they can help the user do his or her very best work. Whether or not you are a student, here are some apps worth considering.
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