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]:美国航空航天局就火箭爆炸事件释疑2014-10-30
An unmanned privately-owned rocket bringing supplies to the International Space Station exploded seconds after launch Tuesday night. The accident did not cause any injuries on the ground. However, it has raised questions about efforts by the US space agency NASA to use private companies to carry out near-Earth space exploration and supply missions.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:青少年教授老年人使用电子产品2014-10-27
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. When most people imagine a classroom, they think of older people teaching younger ones. But when it comes to learning about high-technology devices, the opposite can often be true.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:猎豹即将灭亡?2014-10-20
In 1900, about 100,000 cheetahs lived in the world. Today there are only 10,000 of the animals. Just about everyone knows that cheetahs are fast. Some studies have measured their speed at about 95 kilometers an hour over distances of about 366 meters.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:土豪界的Facebook2014-10-13
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. Facebook and other social media sites are free for everyone. But a new social media site promises to be more exclusive by only permitting people who are rich to join.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:监控软件成为互联网监管会议上的关键问题2014-10-06
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. The Internet Governance Forum took place last week in Istanbul, Turkey. The United Nations provided support to the yearly conference.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:喀麦隆工程师发明检查心脏的电子设备2014-09-30
Cameroon is experimenting with Africa's first mobile system to send a cardiac, or heart signal over a wireless network. The system will give much needed medical assistance to heart patients in rural areas. Cameroonian Arthur Zang invented the device called the Cardiopad. He was just 24 years old when he invented it.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:中国的戒除网瘾训练营2014-09-29
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report. The Internet is one of the most popular forms of technology. But can using Internet have the same effect as taking a drug? The answer seems to be Yes in at least one country.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:比霸王龙更大的恐龙2014-09-28
Could a creature that lived 95 million years ago travel from what is now North Africa to Europe and even to North America? Yes, but it probably was not easy.
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”2014-09-26
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2014-09-22
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陆2014-09-15
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2014-09-08
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2014-09-01
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2014-08-25
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 printer.
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2014-08-18
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2014-08-07
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 another organism called a host.
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2014-08-04
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2014-07-28
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2014-07-21
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 robots playing the game, which is known as soccer in the United States.
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2014-07-14
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 above the hands.
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2014-07-07
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2014-06-30
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2014-06-23
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2014-06-16
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2014-06-09
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.

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