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: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.
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2014-03-31
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.
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2014-03-18
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.
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2014-03-10
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.
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2014-03-03
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.
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2014-02-10
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 Report2014-02-04
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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2014-01-27
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 types of energy.
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2014-01-20
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 lovers and product manufacturers alike.
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2014-01-07
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2013-12-31
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 information systems, and they described the Norths ability to carry out such attacks as world class.
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”2013-12-16
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 Nations Convention on Conventional Weapons in Geneva, Switzerland.
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2013-12-10
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 center for Information Technology Services in the years to come.
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2013-12-02
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 agencies. But this paper-based system is going away, as ministries make the move to computers.

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