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]: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.
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2014-06-02
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2014-05-26
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, what they lack are females.
VOA慢速英语:Snake Robots2014-05-19
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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2014-05-12
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2014-05-05
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2014-04-28
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2014-04-22
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2014-04-14
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 autopilot.
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2014-04-07
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.
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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 emotions.
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2014-03-24
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.
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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 paralyzed or unable to move certain parts of their body.
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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 than military work.
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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2014-02-25
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 incubators to assist start-up businesses.
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2014-02-17
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.

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