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]:气象学家使用超级计算器预测天气2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. Many Americans start to closely follow weather reports in the early fall. During the Atlantic hurricane season, predicting the strength and movement of these huge storm systems is of crucial import
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:非洲吸引高科技公司来非建基地2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. Africa has become a growing market for high technology products, and it may soon be a base for a lot more hi-tech companies. Experts are predicting growing competition on the continent as it tends
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:越南发布新法律限制网络言论自由2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. Internet activists and human rights groups are criticising a decree that is set to go into effect in Vietnam on September 1st. The order says blogs and social media sites in Vietnam should be used
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:谷歌眼镜引发隐私担忧2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. The Internet company Google is testing its newest high-tech device, Google Glass. Most of the technologies for Google Glass are already available on smart phones.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:互联网世界的数字图书馆2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. What is a place where you could find old pictures of camels carrying people to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and also books about ancient Aztecs in Mexico?
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:互联网先驱者们共享一百五十万伊丽莎白女王工程奖2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. Britains Queen Elizabeth presented her first ever Prize for Engineering, doing a ceremony in later June at Buckingham Palace. Some hope the new award will become the engineering equivalent of the N
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:美国最高法院裁定人类基因不能被授予专利2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that businesses cannot control the rights to human genes in their natural state. Patients rights groups are calling the decision a victory. The court, however,
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:门线技术首次亮相国际足坛2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. Goal line technology made its debut in international football at the Confederations Cup in Brazil that ended on Sunday. The move to goal line technology follows international pressure on the sport
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:联合国调查员呼吁禁止自主机器人杀手2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. A United Nations special investigator recently called for a ban on the production and use of lethal autonomous robots, also known as LARs. Critics say these killer robots may one day choose and str
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:亚马逊在印度推出其首个购物网站2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. The worlds largest online retailer company, Amazon has launched its first shopping website in India. The company hopes to make use of Indias economic growth to expand its online business.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:iPhone软件提高心脏病患者生存机会2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. Researchers have developed an experimental iPhone application, or app, they can improve the chance of survival for heart attack victims.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:龙卷风“防空洞”保全生命2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. The deadly tornado in Moore, Oklahoma has wind speeds of 400 kilometres an hour. 24 people were killed when the storm cut a path of destruction through the city.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:网络不稳定也能正常上网的新型路由器2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. A team of Americans and Kenyans has developed an Internet router made specially for Africa. They say it keeps the Internet available even in areas with undependable Internet service. The device is
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:手机应用程序为照顾老年痴呆症患者提供指引2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. Alzheimer’s disease is mostly a condition of old age. Since life expectancy is getting longer around the world, the number of people affected by the brain disease is expected to triple in some coun
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[译]:加州州长造访中国为环保科技寻求投资2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. California Governor Jerry Brown wants to increase partnerships between his state and China. The governor traveled to China last week to seek Chinese investment in things like high-speed rail, renew
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[译]:印尼人民使用智能手机上网2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. Twenty-three-year old Rio Safiyanto sells face masks, or coverings, for about 30 cents each in central Jakarta, Indonesia. He makes enough money to buy a cell phone that permits him to visit websit
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[译]:3-D技术从电影走到现实生活2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. Movie fans know that their action hero Superman does not really fly. And, in the movie Superman Returns, another visual trick is played on viewers. The man they see flying is not real. He is what i
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[译]:科技报道-猩猩也玩ipad2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report in Special English. Recently we reported on a program called Apps for Apes. It was started by the New York-based nonprofit organization Orangutan Outreach. The program which introduces Apples iPad t
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[译]:网络袭击引发美国议员担忧2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the TECHNOLOGY REPORT in Special English. The head of an American congressional committee recently expressed concern about the threat of cyber attacks from China, Iran and other countries. Michael McCaul spoke at a meeti
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[译]:导航应用帮助预测交通状况2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report in Special English. From New Delhi to Beijing, commuters spend a lot of time stuck in traffic. In the United States, Los Angeles and San Francisco tie for second place for having the worst traffic p
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[译]:透过网络观朝鲜2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report in Special English. Foreigners in North Korea can now use Twitter, Facebook, and other social media on their mobile phones. A steady flow of tweets and Instagram pictures have been observed since th
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[译]:中国发展无人机产业2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report in Special English. China said last week that it had considered launching a drone strike against a major Burmese drug trafficker wanted in the killings of 13 Chinese sailors.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:美国对网络黑客采取行动2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report in Special English. The United States has announced a plan to fight the quickly growing threat from cyber spies and Internet attackers known as hackers. America's Attorney General Eric Holder recen
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:IBM预测五年内改变世界的五种科技2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report in Special English. Every year, IBM Corporation chooses five new technologies it believes will change the world within the next five years. The IBM list is called Five in Five.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Now on the iPad: Apps for Orangutans2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the TECHNOLOGY REPORT in Special English. Humans are not the only ones who like to use tablet computers. The nonprofit organization Orangutan Outreach has started a program called Apps for Apes using Apple's iPad.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Mobile Telephones Changing Lives in Africa2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report in Special English. The World Bank estimates there are about 650 million mobile phone users in African countries south of the Sahara Desert. That is greater than the number of users in the United St
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:美国对艾伦·斯沃兹的指控是否过于严苛?2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the TECHNOLOGY REPORT in Special English. Have you ever had an RSS news feed sent to your mobile phone or computer? If so, you have Aaron Swartz to thank. He helped develop that Internet publishing technology when he was
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Televisions Stole the Spotlight at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report in Special English.Televisions were among the most talked about items at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show last week in Las Vegas, Nevada. They were bigger and better, with some of th
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:中国拟实行网络实名制2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report in Special English. China has new rules that require people to use their real names when registering for Internet service. The rules also require Internet companies operating in China to remove mate
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:平板电脑成最受欢迎的圣诞礼物2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report in Special English. Consumer electronics once again topped the list of the most wanted gifts this holiday season.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:加州学生开办iPhone手机“医院”2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report in Special English.The iPhone has become one of the most popular mobile phones in the United States. An 18-year-old student in California has used his knowledge of the device to create his own busin
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:2012年社会创新峰会落下帷幕2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report in Special English.More than 700 business leaders, government officials, investors and other people gathered last week in Mountain View, California.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:人权组织呼吁禁止全自主式杀人机器人2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the TECHNOLOGY REPORT in Special English.An international rights group has called on world governments to ban fully autonomous weapon systems.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:South Pacific Islands Now Totally Powered by the Sun2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the TECHNOLOGY REPORT in Special English.Officials say the islands of Tokelau in the South Pacific Ocean have become the worlds first territory totally powered by the sun.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:塑料回收能否减低对石油的需求2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report in Special English. The United States Environmental Protection Agency says only seven percent of plastic waste in the United States is recycled each year.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:飓风桑迪暴露美国基础设施问题2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the TECHNOLOGY REPORT in Special English. Hundreds of thousands of people were without electricity last week in the northeastern United States.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:一些智能手机应用鼓励年轻人吸烟2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report in Special English. Public health officials say tobacco companies are avoiding a worldwide ban on advertising tobacco products to young people by using smartphone applications, or apps.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:编程女生让更多女生对科技产生兴趣2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report in Special English. American colleges and universities awarded about one million seven hundred thousand bachelor's degrees in the school year ending in twenty ten.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:使用手机终结或控制疾病传播2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the TECHNOLOGY REPORT in Special English. Researchers are studying the use of mobile phones to document the spread of malaria.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:华为和中兴否认威胁美国国家安全的指控2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the TECHNOLOGY REPORT in Special English.Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei and ZTE have pushed back against accusations that they present a national security threat to the United States.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:美国法院向流氓安全软件制作者开出巨额罚单2017-04-19
From VOA Learning English, this is the TECHNOLOGY REPORT in Special English.A court in the United States has announced a judgment of more than one hundred sixty million dollars against defendants in a scareware operation.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Experts Work to Develop Better Tools to Predict Severe Weather2017-04-19
This is the VOA Special English Technology Report. America's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is celebrating the one year anniversary of its Weather-Ready Nation project.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:社交网站提高选举投票率2017-04-19
This is the VOA Special English Technology Report. We have all witnessed the power of social media. It helped elect Barack Obama president in two thousand eight. It also helped to support popular revolutions in two thousand ten and eleven that forced seve
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:史上最具科技含量的一届残运会2017-04-19
This is the VOA Special English Technology Report.The Paralympic Games in London have been called the greatest Paralympic Games ever. International Paralympic Committee President Sir Phillip Craven made the statement to a crowd at the games closing ceremo
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:日常驾车使用GPS遇到的一些问题2017-04-19
This is the VOA Special English Technology Report. Global Positioning Systems are now a part of everyday driving in many countries. These satellite-based systems provide turn-by-turn directions to help people get to where they want to go.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:苹果vs三星掀起全球专利大战2017-04-19
This is the VOA Special English Technology Report. Samsung Electronics has won the latest case in its continuing battle with the American owned computer company Apple over property rights. A court in Japan ruled in favor of the South Korean company last w
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:印度政府就加强互联网管制自我辩护2017-04-19
This is the VOA Special English Technology Report. The government in India is defending itself against charges of Internet censorship. The move comes after the government last week asked companies like Facebook and Twitter to block more than three hundred
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Finding the Right Match With Online Dating2017-04-19
This is the VOA Special English Technology Report.Ten or fifteen years ago, online dating was too new to be socially acceptable. But now, many people search for a partner online.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:利用工业废热转化为电能2017-04-19
Scientists say enough energy is being wasted in the oil and gas fields of Texas every year to provide electricity to one hundred thousand homes. Businessman Loy Sneary says he is using that waste to create a profitable company called Gulf Coast Green Ener
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:好莱坞制片人联合开发语音日历程序APP2017-04-19
Smartphones, tablet computers and e-readers have become a part of everyday life for many people. They have also led to an explosion in the number of mobile applications. There is an app for just about anything you can think of. And more and more apps are

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