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。

该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:智能手机应用程序给让盲人“开眼看世界”2017-04-19
A new computer program is being praised as a life-changer for blind people. The new program is known as the KNFB Reader app. It can help users listen to an audio read-back -- the sound -- of printed material.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:弗吉尼亚理工大学研究人员测试无人机航空管理局的规则2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. The Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA, has chosen a university town in Virginia as one of six places to test drones. Drones are aircraft without human pilots.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:大脑成像技术走进非洲大陆2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. Brain imaging was once thought to be too costly and difficult for widespread use in the developing world. But the technology soon may be available in poor countries.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:IBM在人工智能研究获得长足进步2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. The American computer company IBM says it has developed a microprocessor -- a computer chip -- that works much like the human brain.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:美国公共交通客流量达到几十年来最高水平2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. A record number of Americans are moving into cities. When they move into urban areas they drive less. New York city is one of the top cities for new people and for users of mass transit.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:空中客车A350使用3D打印金属部件2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. European airplane maker Airbus plans to have new passenger airplanes by the end of the year. The new models will use some of the most modern technologies, including metal parts made in a 3-D printe
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:加沙战争从现实烧到互联网2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. The war in the Gaza Strip is being fought as much on the Internet as it is on the ground. Some people say the increased use of social media is changing the way people look at the conflict.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:小小苍蝇成新一代助听器研发关键2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. A fly with an extremely unusual ability to hear is the model for what may be the future of new and improved hearing aids. The insect behaves like a parasite -- an organism that lives on or in anoth
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:印尼智能手机激增但仍显落后2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. A new study finds Indonesians are increasingly exchanging their older mobile phones for smartphone, a device that combines a phone and a computer.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:手机应用帮助塞内加尔的糖尿病病人渡过斋月2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. During the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Muslims are not supposed to eat or drink anything all day. This is called fasting. People with diabetes can become sick when they fast.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:美国学生参加2014年机器人世界杯2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. The end of the World Cup does not mean the end of international competition in Brazil this year. A major football event will happen in the South American country later this month, but with teams of
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:可穿戴式电子产品科技展上的台湾企业2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. About 60 businesses demonstrated wearable electronic products last month at the Computex Taipei technology show in Taiwan. The devices included electronic watches and bracelets -- jewelry worn abov
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:印度停产大使牌汽车2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. The Ambassador automobile is the most famous and longest made Indian car. Hindustan Motors released the first one to the market in 1958.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:2014年手机游戏产业或高达11亿美元高点2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. More and more people around the world are using wireless or mobile devices. In some countries, smartphones and other mobile devices serve as replacements for the traditional desktop computer.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:音乐人通过社交媒体吸引粉丝2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. Technology is creating major changes in the music industry. Music lovers listen to and buy music on the Internet. They can watch live concerts of favorite artists online.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:太阳能飞机或将实现环球飞行2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. In 2012, a team of pilots and engineers from Switzerland successfully flew a plane powered by sun light from Spain to Morocco.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:美国科学家创建第一个二维晶体管2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. It seems that electronic devices just keep getting smaller. Scientists in the United States have announced the creation of the first transistor with only two dimensions.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:好莱坞的视觉特效行业陷危机2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. Not everything you see in Hollywood movies is real. Some of the beautiful, strange, scary images might have been produced on a computer.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:乌干达科技业女性崛起2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. East Africa is a growing technology center. The area creates award-winning applications for various of mobile devices at a fast rate. The newly established companies there are full of imagination,
VOA慢速英语:Snake Robots2017-04-19
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该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:计算机编程语言BASIC诞生50周年并改变世界2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. May 1st marked the 50th anniversary of a special computer language. The new code was designed to permit college students not trained in mathematics to use computers.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:车载识别信息科技有助减少交通事故2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. United State officials are close to approving new requirements for enabling vehicles to communicate with each other. Officials hope the new technology will reduce the number of traffic accidents.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:3D打印引发的法律问题2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. There are increasing calls for lawmakers to reconsider copyright laws that protect the owners of 3-D printing designs. But there is also concern that extensive laws could suppress new ideas.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:科学家协助联合国调查无人机技术的合法性2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. Researchers are using new methods to aid investigations into deadly strikes by pilotless-planes called drones. The United Nations wants independent investigations into drone attacks.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:日内瓦车展呈献未来汽车科技2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. Many automobile makers present their newest designs at car shows around the world. Many designers seek to create the car of the future. One device that is popular among car manufacturers is an auto
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:约翰内斯堡引领非洲Twitter使用量2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Tech Report. Johannesburg is tweeting up a storm. The South African city leads the continent of Africa in Twitter usage. A new study shows that Johannesburg averages one tweet every 13 seconds.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:研究发现狗能理解人类情感2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. Researchers in Hungary have now confirmed what many dog owners already knew. Dogs or canines can understand our feelings. Scientists using a Magnetic Resonance Scanner, or MRI, to learn about dog e
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:现代科技帮助恢复希腊著名的画作2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. In the late 1500s , the artist El Greco created a large painting called Saint Martin and the Beggar. It is very famous.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:猴子用自己的头脑来移动虚拟武器2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. Monkeys have learned to move the arms of a monkey on a computer screen just by thinking about moving them. The work [0:15]moves forward efforts to develop brain control devices for people who are p
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:民用无人机给非洲带来希望与新问题2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. African militaries want drones to help them guard their borders and large open spaces, but makers of these drones, which are also call unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs, say they could do much more
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:研究表明视频游戏能帮助阅读障碍者学习2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. Dyslexia is a learning disorder, it interferes with the ability to recognise words, and for some readers to understand what they have read.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:纽约的生物技术梦想2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. New York City and the State of New York are investing hundreds of millions of dollars to become a major player in the development of high tech industries. They have developed 40 workspaces known as
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:Facebook和Google收购两家印度科技创业公司2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. Two large Internet companies Facebook and Google recently purchased two India-based technology start-up companies.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:美国纺织行业呈复苏迹象2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. The textile and clothing industry in the United States is growing again after many years of decline. Many of the factories are competing against factories that pay low wages in countries like China
VOA慢速英语:Technology Report2017-04-19
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该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:原型太阳能供电汽车培养未来替代能源专家2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. Students at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa are building solar-powered cars and racing them in competitions. The University is training the students to become experts in different ty
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:2014年CES最新科技产品展2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. You could find all the latest technology products at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show took place in early January. It was a major event for technology love
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:乌干达移动产前护理站2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. Three university students in Uganda have created a smartphone application that may help improve health care for pregnant women in rural areas.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:韩国指责朝鲜对其网络攻击2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. North Korea is often seen as a poor country, cut off from the world and technologically out of date. But officials in South Korea have linked North Korea to recent attacks on computers and computer
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:专家呼吁国际禁止研发“杀手机器人”2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. An international coalition is calling for a ban on fully autonomous weapons known as killer robots. The 45-member coalition proposed the ban to governments last month at a meeting of the United Nat
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:恶意软件泛滥阻碍越南数码化2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. Vietnams information, communications and technology industries have grown quickly over the past 10 years. The Vietnamese government has high hopes for the future, it wants the country to become a c
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:缅甸政府走向数字化2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. The government in Burma carries out much of its business the same way it has for years. It uses large books to record marriages, business taxes and even official documents between government agenci
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:约翰内斯堡推出出租车应用程序2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. Getting a taxi ride in New York city is as easy as standing along a street and raising your hand high in the air. In Johannesburg, getting a taxi ride just got even easier, thanks to a new software
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:美国机构测试雷达定位被困人员2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. When a building collapses, every minute is important for victims buried under the wreckage, that is why two American government agencies teamed up to develop a high-tech tool to find those who are
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:乌干达通过外包中心创造就业机会2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. For years, many western companies have sent important business services to India, where they can be done at lower cost. This is called outsourcing, and it has brought jobs to India. Other countries
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:车牌自动识别器引发隐私问题2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. Law enforcement agencies across the United States are using cameras to take pictures of automobile license plates. The idea is to build a computerised collection of information detailing the daily
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:东京电力公司清理福岛核电站关键期2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. Workers at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan will soon begin one of the most important periods of the clean-up efforts. They will be removing the fuel rods from one of the worst-
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:南非互联网虽有进步但仍处于落后水平2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. South Africa is the richest countries in Africa, it is also one of the most modern and technologically advanced. It has some of the best rail, road and communication systems in Africa. Yet more tha
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:旅行者1号进入星际空间2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. Space scientists recently announced that Voyager 1 is the first spacecraft to reach interstellar space - the space between stars. The spacecraft carries the voices and sounds of human beings and an
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:美国商店出售3D打印机2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. Imagine having an idea, drawing it on paper, bringing it to a store and seeing it turned into a physical object. This is now possible with the help of 3D printers.

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