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。

该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:2016年是最糟糕的一年吗?2016-12-20
Many people are looking back at 2016 and thinking about all of the sad or frustrating things that happened. But some people used Twitter on Monday to mention some more positive news about the year that is soon coming to a close.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:NBA传奇记者克雷格•塞奇因癌症去世2016-12-17
Craig Sager was a television sports reporter best known for his work on NBA television broadcasts. He died of cancer on Thursday at 65.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:社交媒体渗透总统选举度越来越高2016-12-16
Members of the Electoral College will cast their votes in the presidential election on Monday. But before then, some members of congress want more information about Russia’s influence over the election.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:你会排队买神秘蛋(Hatchimal)吗?2016-12-13
Do you know what a Hatchimal is? If you do not, you probably will soon. Hatchimals are said to be one of the most popular holiday gifts for children in the United States this year.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:旧金山治疗猪缓解出行者情绪2016-12-09
A small pig is just one of many animals you might find at the San Francisco airport. They are helping stressed-out travelers relax.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:川普当选时代杂志2016年年度人物2016-12-08
Time magazine named Donald Trump its Person of the Year on Wednesday. The magazine called him President of the Divided States of America on its cover.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:新的亚马逊商店避免让客户排长队2016-12-07
The online marketer Amazon is opening a new kind of store. It is one where people do not have to wait in long lines to buy a product. Instead, the buyers pay using their smartphones.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:北达科他州石油管道抗议者欢呼抗争取得胜利2016-12-06
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has denied a work permit that would be needed to complete a major oil pipeline under the Missouri River. In a statement on Sunday, the Corps of Engineers said it would consider other possible areas for the project.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:星巴克CEO霍华德•舒尔茨将于2017年4月离职2016-12-03
The worldwide coffee company Starbucks announced that its chief executive officer would leave his position in April of 2017. Howard Schultz will focus on expanding a new Starbucks brand.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:2017年倍耐力年历主打著名女星不化妆的黑白照2016-12-01
Pirelli is known for making high-performance tires for race cars. The company is also known for producing a calendar at the end of the year. In the past, the Pirelli calendar was filled with photographs of models wearing very little clothing. But this year is different.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:奥巴马准备最后一次在白宫过圣诞节2016-11-30
President Barack Obama and his family will celebrate their eighth and final Christmas in the White House next month. On Tuesday, White House staff and first lady Michelle Obama revealed this year’s holiday decorations.
VOA慢速英语:川普称数百万张选票“非法”2016-11-29
President-elect Donald Trump used Twitter to say millions of people voted illegally in the recent election. But reporters and analysts say no evidence can be found for Trump’s claim.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Twitter用户讨论“感恩节生存指南”2016-11-23
The American Thanksgiving holiday is on Thursday. Many people will gather with family members for a large meal. It is a time to celebrate. But some people do not look forward to spending a lot of time with family. That is why people are proposing Thanksgiving survival strategies.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:川普欲让百老汇演员向其副总统道歉2016-11-22
An actor in the play Hamilton told Vice President-elect Mike Pence -- who was in the audience -- that the shows diverse performers are worried about their future under a Trump administration. President-elect Trump later asked the Broadway cast to apologize on Twitter.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:说唱歌手坎耶·维斯特谈美国选举2016-11-19
Rapper Kanye West told the crowd at a recent show in California that he did not vote in the U.S. presidential election. He said if he had, he would have voted for Donald Trump.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:朝鲜领导人外号成中国网络敏感词2016-11-18
Chinese websites are blocking search results for Fatty Kim the Third and Kim Fatty the Third. The names are widely used in China to make fun of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. No results appear for the Chinese version of the terms on search engine Baidu, or social networking site Weibo.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:外国社交媒体兴起模仿塑料模特挑战2016-11-17
Do you know about the mannequin challenge? It is a video trend that has everyone from high school students to First Lady Michelle Obama holding a pose.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:布鲁斯·斯普林斯汀的摩托车坏了2016-11-15
Rock and roll singer Bruce Springsteen was out for a ride on his motorcycle last Friday. He was on a road in the U.S. state of New Jersey. Springsteen’s motorcycle stopped working and he was stuck on the side of the road until some other bikers stopped to help.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:第一位女性首席检察官珍妮特·雷诺逝世2016-11-09
Janet Reno, the first woman to serve as U.S. attorney general, died Monday. She had Parkinson’s disease, which affects a person’s ability to control his or her muscles. She was 78.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:数千民众在选举日悼念民权活动家安东尼2016-11-09
Voters are placing stickers on the gravestone of Susan B. Anthony in Rochester, New York. They are paying respect to the woman who campaigned for women’s voting rights in the United States.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:秋天的颜色不仅是红色和蓝色2016-11-05
Many people are talking about the fall colors red and blue as Election Day in the United States arrives next week. But social media users are also posting images of the more natural fall colors of orange, red and yellow.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:芝加哥小熊队赢得世界大赛冠军2016-11-04
The Chicago Cubs won baseball’s World Series for the first time since 1908 early Thursday in Cleveland, Ohio. It ended one of the longest title droughts in professional sports history.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:视频记录阿拉斯加冰怪物2016-11-03
The Bureau of Land Management in Alaska recently put a strange-looking video on its Facebook page. It showed something swimming in a river. Some people said the swimmer looked like an ice monster. Thousands of people tried to solve the mystery of what actually was on the video.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:警方利用facebook寻找示威者2016-11-02
You might have seen some of your Facebook friends checking in recently at Standing Rock Indian Reservation, inside the American state of North Dakota. They are showing support for people there who are protesting the building of the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:万圣节话题霸屏Twitter2016-11-01
October 31 is Halloween in the United States. People celebrate the holiday by dressing in costumes, carving pumpkins and going door-to-door asking in a tradition called Trick-or-Treat. Social media users posted photos of their costumes and other frightening images.

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