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：
- 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.
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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 week.
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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2016-06-09
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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 headquarters.
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- VOA慢速英语附字幕：苹果公司发布“小苹果”iphone se2016-03-24
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