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:欧洲歌唱比赛的决赛在斯德哥尔摩举行2017-04-20
The 2016 Eurovision Song Contest finals will be held this weekend in Stockholm, Sweden. Singers from 26 countries are competing in the event this year. Favorites this year include Russia, Ukraine, France and Australia. Who do you think will win the 61st E
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:15岁加拿大男孩或发现消失的玛雅城市2017-04-20
This week, news spread that a teenager from Quebec, Canada, may have discovered a long lost Mayan city. The boy used satellite imagery and to test his theory that major Mayan cities lined up with the stars in the sky. Experts say the ruins that appear in
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:伊丽莎白女王称中国官员“粗鲁的”2017-04-20
Earlier this week, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth was caught on camera making comments about Chinese officials. A video shows her speaking with the British police commander responsible for security during the visit of China’s president last year. The queen cri
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Facebook热门话题不公平?2017-04-20
Former Facebook workers said this week that the social media company often avoided letting news popular among conservative Americans appear in its Trending section.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:伦敦选举产生首位穆斯林市长2017-04-20
Sadiq Khan won London’s mayoral election last Friday. By doing so, he became the first Muslim to become mayor of a major Western capital. Khan is the son of Pakistani immigrants.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:英国极地科考船将命名为Boaty McBoatface?2017-04-20
More than 124,000 people voted to name a new British polar research ship Boaty McBoatface. But, the humorous name will not be the ships official name, British officials announced Friday. The decision has angered some on social media.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:《星球大战》上架YouTube 一个月浏览量超3500万2017-04-20
On any given day, you might see Star Wars-related photos all over Facebook and Twitter. There might be a cat made to look like Darth Vader. May 4 is a special day for Star Wars fans every year. It has to do with one of the most famous sayings from the sci
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:莱斯特城提前两轮夺得英超冠军 球迷疯狂庆祝2017-04-20
Soccer fans around the world went crazy on Monday when Leicester City won the English Premier League title. The team from central England was not expected to be content for best team in England this year.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:野牛将成美国国家动物?2017-04-20
The bald eagle is the only national animal of the United States. But that could soon change. The U.S. government may soon recognize the bison as the national mammal.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:华盛顿网红小秃鹰获命名2017-04-20
A webcam is showing live video of two baby eagles from Washington, D.C. Millions of people watched them break open their shells. Now the eaglets have names – Freedom and Liberty.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:布拉格动物园的大猩猩诞下小猩猩2017-04-20
Shinda the gorilla had been pregnant before. But all of the pregnancies ended early, without a baby. Zookeepers had lost hope that she would ever have a baby. The gorilla is also a bit overweight. So, no one even noticed Shinda was pregnant until April 23
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:克利夫兰赔偿被警察枪杀的黑人少年600万美元2017-04-20
The relatives of Tamir Rice will receive a $6 million settlement from Cleveland, Ohio. Rice was only 12-years-old when he was killed by police officers in November 2014. Rice had a toy gun. The police thought it was real.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:音乐王子去世 紫色的尼亚加拉大瀑布2017-04-20
The death of music superstar Prince shocked and saddened the world yesterday. In his honor, many famous monuments turned purple. The color was chosen in memory of his hit song Purple Rain. Yesterday, even Niagara Falls - in Canada - turned purple. But was
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:新版20元美钞将出现女性肖像2017-04-20
The last time a woman appeared on U.S. paper money was in the 1890s. But this week, the U.S. Treasury announced that a woman will soon appear on the $20 bill. African-American abolitionist Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson, Americas seventh presi
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:推土机在中国街头打架2017-04-20
Some children like to play with toy trucks and bulldozers. Usually they will crash these trucks into each other and make matching sound effects. For kids, it is just a game. But last Saturday in China a construction equipment fight happened in real life.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:自印度的女子体操运动员2017-04-20
Dipa Karmakar is the first woman gymnast from India to qualify to the Summer Olympic Games. She is also the first Indian gymnast - male or female - to make an Olympic Games since 1968. Indian PM Narendra Modi praised Dipa for bringing glory to [Indias] na
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:新西兰黑色小章鱼:逃脱大师2017-04-20
A small New Zealand octopus has become an international celebrity. His name is Inky. Inky had been living in an aquarium at the National Aquarium New Zealand since 2014. But, three months ago, Inky managed to escape. And no one has seen the octopus since.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:NBA:科比最后一场比赛 勇士73胜2017-04-20
The National Basketball Association’s regular season ended Wednesday night with two exciting games. Kobe Bryant played his last game for Los Angeles Lakers. And Steph Curry made 10 three-point shots to help the Golden State Warriors win their 73rd game, s
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:女子滑雪遭熊追杀视频成社交媒体热点2017-04-20
A young woman from Australia was snowboarding in Japan earlier this month. She used a selfie stick to make a video of herself going down a mountain. When she played back the video, she got a big surprise.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:美国同工同酬日关注男女工资差异2017-04-20
Tuesday was National Equal Pay Day in the United States. The day is designed to bring attention to wage differences between American men and women. The U.S. Census Bureau reported that in 2014, women were paid 79 cents for every one dollar that men earned
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:英国首相卡梅伦涉“巴拿马文件”丑闻2017-04-20
People on social media are demanding that a second European leader resign this week.They are talking about British Prime Minister David Cameron, after his father was named in the newly-released Panama Papers.With more than 125,000 tweets, the hashtag #res
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:4月7日——美国国家啤酒日2017-04-20
People might think the United States is filled with beer drinkers. But that was not always true. For 13 years, the U.S. Constitution barred the manufacture, sale or transport of alcoholic drinks, but that changed on April 7,1933. That is why April 7 is no
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:你的英语比总统候选人还好?2017-04-20
A new study says you might be a better English speaker than the candidates running for president of the United States. They also found that Lincoln used the best grammar. Reagan’s speeches had the most developed vocabulary.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:NCAA决赛上演绝杀好戏 维拉诺瓦大学夺魁2017-04-20
The men’s game on Monday night for the championship was between the University of North Carolina and Villanova University. Fans are calling it one of the best finishes ever. But was it as good as the game in 1983 between North Carolina State? and the Univ
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:小狗瘫痪旧金山海湾大桥2017-04-20
The bridge that spans the San Francisco Bay in California sees 270,000 cars per day. So if anything stops traffic, it is a big deal. On Sunday, it was something small but mighty.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Instagram测试60秒短视频2017-04-20
Instagram announced its plan to have longer videos earlier this week. Currently, Instagram has a 15-second video time limit. The company said that the time people have spent watching videos on the application increased by more than 40 percent in six month
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:飞掠过桑德斯竞选集会的小鸟2017-04-20
Last Friday, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders held a rally in the state of Oregon. During the event, an unexpected guest joined the Vermont senator on stage: a bird. It landed on the podium where Sanders was speaking. The incident inspired
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:寻找复活节隐藏彩蛋2017-04-20
An Easter tradition in the United States sends children hunting for hidden Easter eggs. One egg hunt on Saturday went out of control in the state of Connecticut.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:患癌爱狗人士为狗狗寻找新家2017-04-20
A woman in the U.S. state of Washington is dying of cancer. She has three dogs who will need homes. She posted on Facebook earlier this month asking for a volunteer to take care of her dogs when she died.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:蝙蝠侠大战超人:正义黎明2017-04-20
Lots of people are excited about the Batman vs. Superman movie, which comes out Thursday night in the U.S. But some early reviews say the movie is not very good. Will people go to see it anyway?
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Twitter十周岁了2017-04-20
On Monday, Twitter turned 10. The 140-character messaging service launched in March 21,2006. Since then, Twitter has become a global communication tool, with 320 million users.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:直播秃鹰孵化2017-04-20
For the first time since 1947, two American Bald Eagles have built a nest within the United States National Arboretum in Washington, DC. This weekend, thousands of people are watching live video of the baby bald eagles breaking open their eggs. Will you w
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:狗还是面包?2017-04-20
This week, people on Twitter have been trying to identify some unusual-looking pictures. They are asking what, at first, might seem like a strange question: Is this a photograph of a dog or a photo of a kind of food?
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:披头士制作人乔治·马丁去世2017-04-20
George Martin was the producer for the Beatles in the 1960s. Some people called him the fifth Beatle. He influenced some of their best songs. Martin died Tuesday.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:3月9日看双鱼座日食奇观2017-04-20
A total solar eclipse in Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific will start Wednesday and end the day before. Wait … what?
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:海底发现章鱼新种类2017-04-20
Researchers near Hawaii found a ghostly looking octopus on the ocean floor during a submarine dive in late February. They released a video of a small, pinkish octopus that scientists had never seen before.

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