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:新版20元美钞将出现女性肖像2016-04-22
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 president.
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2016-04-21
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2016-04-20
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] name.
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2016-04-16
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2016-04-15
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, setting a new record for wins in a season.
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2016-04-14
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2016-04-13
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:波士顿环球报:特朗普或当选总统2016-04-12
The Boston Globe newspaper published a special front page on Sunday. The special page was dated one year in the future. It had stories about might happen if businessman Donald Trump becomes elected president of the United States. Trump sharply criticized the newspaper and its make-believe stories.
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2016-04-09
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 #resigncameron trended worldwide on Twitter
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2016-04-08
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 now called National Beer Day.
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?2016-04-07
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2016-04-06
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 University of Houston?
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2016-04-05
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2016-04-01
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 months.
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2016-03-30
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 the trending hashtag #BirdieSanders.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:寻找复活节隐藏彩蛋2016-03-29
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:爱尔兰喜剧演员称特朗普为“糟糕的男友”2016-03-26
A viral video, created by Clisare, has received more than 1.8 million views and 28,000 shares on Facebook. Clisare called the video, Dear America. She talks to America from the point of view of Ireland, a concerned friend who does not like America’s choice in boyfriends.
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2016-03-25
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2016-03-24
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2016-03-22
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2016-03-19
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 watch?
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:狗还是面包?2016-03-15
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2016-03-10
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2016-03-09
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2016-03-08
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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