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:阿黛尔要求粉丝专心看演唱会别玩手机2016-06-02
The British superstar Adele wants people to enjoy her live performances, and not videotape them. During a show last Sunday in Italy, Adele condemned someone in the crowd for videotaping the whole concert. The singer asked the woman to stop filming her and enjoy the live show instead.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:美国动物园枪杀大猩猩引争议2016-06-01
Critics were outraged after zoo officials shot and killed a gorilla that held a 4-year-old boy at an American zoo this weekend. Harambe, a male western lowland gorilla, was shot and killed Saturday by Cincinnati Zoo officials who feared the animal would hurt the child.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:印度裔孩子赢得拼字比赛2016-05-28
Two boys – one from Texas and one from New York – shared the Scripps National Spelling Bee title Thursday night. The boys are the children of immigrants from southern India. They each won an award and a $45,000 prize.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Twitter教美国记者吃索马里食物2016-05-27
If you have ever tried Somali food, you know that a banana is an important part of any meal. One American reporter recently ate his first-ever Somali meal. He posted a photo of it on Twitter, and said a banana came with his meal as an appetizer. Somalis around the world quickly corrected him.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:在非洲与狮子近距离接触视频爆红网络2016-05-26
A woman from South Africa was camping at a national park earlier in May. She woke up one morning to find two female lions licking drops of water off her tent. The video is both scary and impressive.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:西雅图全女子棒球队创历史2016-05-25
The 1992 film A League of Their Own tells the story of the first all-women’s professional baseball league in the United States. One of the leagues best teams was the Rockford Peaches.? ? The Peaches trended on social media, thanks to a baseball team of young girls from Seattle, Washington.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:《星球大战》秋巴卡打破facebook直播观看人数记录2016-05-24
A woman in Texas showed off her new toy using the Facebook Live service. Her video set the record for the most views of a live video on Facebook. Why? Some commented that the womans laugh was fun to listen to, and that there should be more people in the world like her.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:美国城市庆祝5月20日自行车日2016-05-21
National Bike to Work Day helps new bikers try cycling as a way to commute. In big U.S. cities, local bicycle groups provide Bike to Work Day participants with food, drinks and support as they make their journeys. The hashtag #BiketoWorkDay2016 trended on Twitter.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:只说英语的冰淇淋店2016-05-20
Employees at a frozen custard shop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin were asked to only speak English with their customers. This policy made some people upset and caused the story to be a trending topic.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:气象员在华盛顿山天文台遭遇时速175公里的强风2016-05-19
The United States is already almost two months into spring, but a recent video makes it look like at least one area is still the middle of winter. The Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire posted a video of a worker being blown around in 175-kilometer-an-hour winds. The video went viral.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:游客脑残行为致母牛拒认野牛宝宝2016-05-18
A baby bison at Yellowstone National Park had to be killed because of park visitors, the National Park Service said. Tourists thought it was too cold, put it in the back of a car, and went to park rangers for help. When returned to the wild, its herd rejected it because of the human contact.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:海滩男孩音乐专辑《宠物之声(Pet Sounds)》发表五十周年2016-05-17
One of the most important pop music albums of all time came out 50 years ago today. Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys was ranked as the second-best album in pop music history by Rolling Stone magazine.
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2016-05-14
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 Eurovision?
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2016-05-13
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 the satellite images are an old field.
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”2016-05-12
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 criticized the officials for being very rude.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Facebook热门话题不公平?2016-05-11
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2016-05-10
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?2016-05-07
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3500万2016-05-05
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 science fiction movie series.
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2016-05-04
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?2016-04-30
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2016-04-28
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2016-04-27
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, when she delivered a healthy baby.
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2016-04-26
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2016-04-23
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 it really for Prince?

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