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[译]:科技报道-猩猩也玩ipad2013-04-01
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 to orangutans in zoos sparked an interest among our listeners. We decided to answer some of the questions they sent in.
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2013-03-27
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 meeting of the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee.
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2013-03-19
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 problems. Washington, D.C. is in first place with the worst traffic, according to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[译]:透过网络观朝鲜2013-03-12
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 the mobile service provider Koryolink launched its 3G network last week.
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2013-03-07
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2013-02-26
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 recently said that ever - improving technology is making it easier for people and countries to strike at the United States.
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2013-02-19
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 Orangutans2013-02-12
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 Africa2013-02-06
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 States and European Union.
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?2013-01-22
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 only 14.
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 Vegas2013-01-15
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 the most advanced technology ever.
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2013-01-08
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 material said to be objectionable.
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2012-12-25
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”2012-12-17
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 business.
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2012-12-10
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2012-12-03
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 Sun2012-11-27
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2012-11-20
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2012-11-13
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2012-11-05
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2012-10-30
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2012-10-24
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2012-10-16
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2012-10-09
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 Weather2012-10-01
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.

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