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:语音智能助手Siri进驻苹果Mac电脑2016-06-30
In the last Personal Technology report, we talked about the changes to Apple’s iPhone and iPad operating system. Today we will discuss changes for Mac computers, Apple TV and Apple Watch. We will also report on other news from Apple at the WWDC.
VOA慢速英语:苹果在WWDC正式发布IOS10 包含多个新功能2016-06-23
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 week.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:你的手机或正在监听你2016-06-16
Cell phones may indeed be listening to us, even when we are not using them. Stories on the Internet tell of people who got Internet search results or advertisements based on words they said aloud near their cell phones.
VOA慢速英语:Twitter修改规则 每条Tweet将可呈现更多内容2016-06-09
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2016-06-02
When life takes you away from home, take technology to help guide and entertain you. Apps can help make your trip easier and more fun. Travel apps are very helpful to guide you on your trip. Some apps help you plan your trip and others help you travel.
VOA慢速英语:2016年谷歌I/O大会带来新的服务和产品2016-05-26
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 headquarters.
VOA慢速英语:一些让人放松的科技工具2016-05-19
To deal with the stress of terrorist threats in Brussels, Belgium, social media users posted cat pictures. But there are apps that can help you relax and reduce stress in many different ways. (Image attributed to @exTimUpperClass.)
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2016-05-05
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 batteries that last forever.
VOA慢速英语:手机APP帮助学生提高工作效率2016-04-28
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.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:社交媒体是如何判断垃圾信息的2016-04-21
Facebook identifies messages it thinks are unwanted and redirects them away from your inbox. If someone reaches out to you on Facebook, but he or she is not friends with you on Facebook, or friends with any of your friends, the service has to decide whether that message is spam.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:哪些APP是手机电量杀手?2016-04-14
You can check your apps to see how much battery they have been using. If an app you do not use much requires a lot of battery power, you might want to remove it from your phone.
VOA慢速英语:寻找理想的居住之地2016-04-07
If you want to find the perfect place to live, you might spend weeks doing research on cities around the world. Or you could use the Teleport website. It is set up to help you discover the best place for you. The website’s developers once worked for Skype.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:苹果公司发布“小苹果”iphone se2016-03-24
Technology company Apple announced the return of a smaller iPhone, plus new versions of its iPad, and its iOS operating system for its mobile devices.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:facebook——不止于like2016-03-10
Facebook has added more emojis that users can click on to quickly express their feelings about a post.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:苹果VS联邦调查局:个人隐私之争2016-03-03
A dispute between Apple and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, or FBI, has put law enforcement and technology in conflict. This could affect privacy, safety and security in the U.S. The dispute involves the FBI investigation of the mass shootings in San Bernardino, California, last December.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:照片编辑软件美化你的照片2016-02-25
Photo editing apps can add tones, boost color and sharpen -- or soften -- photos you take on your mobile.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Facebook的更新和新特性2016-02-11
Facebook has been making changes that may affect the way you use its popular social network service. You may have seen friends use some of the new Facebook features and wondered what they are. Or maybe you have even used them yourself.
VOA慢速英语:美国内华达州消费电子展展示智能小玩意2016-01-28
The CES is the world’s biggest show for electronic devices. It is held every January in Las Vegas. The CES is said to be a guide to the path technology companies will follow in the coming year. The show offers visitors a peak at products that may change our lives -- or may fail to catch on.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:美国音乐会接入互联网全球直播2016-01-21
Want to hear an American musician perform or watch a play? Thanks to the Internet, you no longer have to go to a performing arts center. Many concerts are available live on your computer, tablet or smart phone.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Netflix扩大服务至190个国家(不含中国)2016-01-14
The American company that delivers news and entertainment content through live streaming more than triples the number of countries where it can be accessed.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:手机应用帮助人们改善饮食习惯和外出就餐体验2016-01-07
Most people agree that eating healthy food is important. But sometimes making good food choices can be tough. Now, there are apps that can help people learn about the food they eat to improve their diets and their dining out experience.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:网上过圣诞2015-12-24
Technology can bring magic to the Christmas season and some fun too! Internet users can find out if they are naughty or nice, follow Santas journey, and play fun Christmas games.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:各大科技厂商的节日音乐2015-12-17
Dont have a real fireplace to cozy up to this holiday? ? Discover ways you can burn the Yule log anytime, and listen to holiday music on an iPhone, computer or other electronic devices. All you need is an Internet connection.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Facebook:保护隐私与获得乐趣2015-12-10
When taking a Facebook quiz, you may be sharing more information than you get. When you answer the questions, you may be giving up access to your entire Facebook account, including your list of friends.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:苹果TV、亚马逊TV还是Roku?2015-12-03
Looking for a streaming media player? There are many choices. They come at different prices and with different abilities. Find out which one works best for you.
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