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。

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Since the mid-1990's when limited self-rule was established in the West Bank and Gaza, the United States has contributed more than $5 billion in economic and non-lethal security assistance to the Palestinians. Under President Donald Trump, that assistanc
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:特朗普称罗马尼亚是击败ISIS的重要成员2017-06-22
President Donald Trump recently welcomed Romania's President Klaus Iohannis to the White House. Romania, said President Trump, has been a valuable member of the coalition to defeat ISIS, and it's the fourth-largest contributor of troops in Afghanistan.
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In Congressional testimony, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said North Korea's advancing missile and nuclear programs were the most urgent and dangerous threat to peace and security. Moreover, North Korea's continued pursuit of nuclear weapons and the
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In a landmark address in Riyadh to Arab and many other Muslim leaders, President Donald Trump called for a coalition of nations who share the aim of stamping out the plague of extremism and providing the next generation in the Middle East with a hopeful f
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:伊拉克和叙利亚打击ISIS的进展2017-06-19
Pentagon Spokesman Captain Jeff Davis recently gave an update on the increasingly successful battle against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
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There is renewed hope for the peace process in Somalia, said U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis following a recent British-sponsored conference on Somalia in London.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:摧毁恐怖主义和其意识形态2017-06-19
In Saudi Arabia, the first stop on President Donald Trump's inaugural overseas trip, he called on the Muslim world to unequivocally defeat terrorism and stamp out the ideology that drives it:
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On May 17, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Stuart Jones said, the U.S. is determined to hold Iran accountable for its human rights abuses with new actions.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:美国改变卫生援助政策2017-06-19
One of Donald Trump's first actions as President was to reinstate what is known as the Mexico City Policy.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:美国和墨西哥合作打击毒品走私2017-06-19
After a recent meeting in Washington between top U.S. and Mexican officials, both sides emphasized the need for a shared strategy to work together in the fight against transnational organized crime, particularly related to drug trafficking.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:加强全球生物安全2017-05-22
In today's interconnected world, a pathogen can travel around the globe in as little as 36 hours. Interactions between wildlife, domesticated animals, and humans can give rise to new and emerging infections. Spurred by urban density and international air
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:北极理事会——北极的管理者2017-05-22
The Arctic region is warming faster than any other region on earth, more than twice the rate of the global average according to recent reports. This means, among other things, that areas of the Arctic Ocean that were formerly inaccessible to humans are op
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:宗教自由组织对俄罗斯表示“严重关切”2017-05-20
For the first time in almost 20 years of existence, the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom designated Russia as a Country of Particular Concern because of an increase in repressive policies it says range from administrative harassment to
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:国防部长马特斯与全球联盟商讨灭ISIS之策2017-05-20
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis recently attended a defense ministerial in Denmark with members of the global coalition against ISIS to discuss how to defeat the group.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:特朗普就职的前100天2017-05-19
In the first 100 days of the Trump administration, the United States has embraced its role as a global leader by demonstrating strength and decisiveness on the world stage.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:美国军方在新兴科技领域进行创新2017-05-19
This may look like just another Silicon Valley company, with people coding at their desk. But Capella Space has a unique customer: the U.S. military.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:伊朗的宗教迫害必须停止2017-05-19
Nine years ago this month, seven leaders of Iran's Baha'i community were arrested for activities related solely to the practice of their faith.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:俄罗斯必须对阿萨德施加影响2017-05-18
The U.S. State Department recently released newly declassified reporting and photos that underscore the brutality of the Syrian regime made possible by the continuing support of its allies Russia and Iran.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:尼日利亚的未来充满活力2017-05-18
At approximately 182 million people, Nigeria is Africa's most populous country. Since the median age is just 18, that population is expected to relatively soon reach 400 million. Nigeria is also Africa's second biggest economy, with a vibrant, emerging
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:美国副总统彭斯访问以色列2017-05-14
Vice President Mike Pence recently marked the 69th anniversary of Israel's independence. On the fifth day in the month of Iyar in the Hebrew calendar in 1948, he noted the state of Israel was reborn.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:和平利用核技术2017-05-14
In 1953, then U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower in a speech to the UN General Assembly proposed the Atoms for Peace program, including the establishment of what would become the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA, to facilitate the exchange of nuc
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:保持美国作为全球能源领导者地位2017-05-12
President Donald Trump is determined to maintain the United States as a global energy leader and foster energy security for the American people.
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The U.S. Trade and Development Agency recently awarded a grant to the Nigerian company, Community Social Enterprises Limited, or CESEL, for a feasibility study supporting the roll-out of 25 solar photovoltaic microgrids across Nigeria. Together, the micro
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Yemen's two-year conflict between the Houthi rebels and the country's elected government, supported by a Saudi-led coalition, has left the people of Yemen, in the words of Norwegian Humanitarian leader Jen Egeland, facing a famine of Biblical proportion
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:防止核扩散2017-05-10
Speaking to the first Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, Ambassador Robert Wood, Permanent Representative of the United States to the Conference on Disarmament sai
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:加大朝鲜的外交压力2017-05-06
Speaking before the House Armed Services Committee Admiral Harry Harris, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, called North Korea the most immediate threat to the security of the United States and our allies in the Indo-Asia Pacific:
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Ending illegal immigration to the United States is a top priority of the Trump administration. In late April, during a trip to the southwestern United States, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly spoke in
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A stated objective of the United Nations Security Council is North Korea's abandonment of its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.
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The United States-Japan alliance is the cornerstone of peace, prosperity, and freedom in the Asia Pacific, said Vice President Pence on his recent visit there. Under President Donald Trump, the United States stands unwavering in our alliance and unyieldin
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Innovation improves lives and communities. Protecting the rights of innovators by protecting intellectual property creates an environment where advances in technology, art, literature and medicine can flourish. Today, World Intellectual Property Day, we c
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Vice President Mike Pence visited Indonesia in mid-April, as part of a tour of allies of the United State in the East Asia and Pacific region.
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In late April last year, the government of Saudi Arabia, contending with low oil prices and diversifying energy production beyond traditional fossil fuel sources, formed a plan, called Vision 2030, to reduce the country's dependence on oil, and to invest
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:特朗普会晤北约秘书长斯托尔滕贝格2017-04-23
President Donald Trump recently welcomed NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to the White House to discuss strengthening the Alliance, including through increased defense spending by Allies.
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The United States Treasury Department has imposed sanctions on Sohrab Soleimani, the former head of the Tehran Prison Organization, and the Organization itself for serious human rights abuses.
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On April 22nd, more than 190 countries, including the United States, will celebrate Earth Day. It is a day to reflect on the impact humans have on the earth, and to demonstrate and reaffirm our support for environmental protection.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:副总统彭斯与韩国商讨贸易协定2017-04-23
The U.S.-South Korea alliance is not only based on security, but on the shared values of freedom, free markets, and a strong economic partnership, said Vice President Mike Pence.
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The United States has made clear that it will not accept North Korea's threatening the U.S. and its allies with ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:美国援助柬埔寨选举2017-04-21
The U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, announced this month a new grant to support the work of the National Election Committee, or NEC, to administer Cambodia's 2017 and 2018 elections.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:副总统彭斯:对朝鲜已失去耐心2017-04-21
Vice President Mike Pence put North Korea on notice during his recent trip to Asia.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:美国与尼泊尔安全合作2017-04-21
Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., Commander of the United States Pacific Command, recently visited Kathmandu, Nepal to meet with Nepali leaders and to participate in the opening ceremony of a U.S.-sponsored multinational U.N. Peacekeeping exercise called Shan
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At the start of the holiest week in the Christian calendar, terrorists struck two Coptic Christian churches in Egypt.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:美国空袭叙利亚机场2017-04-21
Two days after Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against his own people in the northern Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun, the United States struck the airfield from which the April 4 chemical attack was launched.
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Russia's ongoing hostility in Eastern Ukraine and occupation of Crimea is compromising the shared vision of a Europe that is whole, free, and at peace, said U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:特朗普认为与习近平会面有趣但困难2017-04-21
President Trump telegraphed on Twitter his prognosis for his first encounter with China's president, saying it will be a very difficult discussion, since the U.S. can no longer have massive trade deficits and job losses.
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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently underscored that human rights is integral to American foreign policy, noting that Our values are our interests when it comes to human rights.
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When it comes to human rights, Burma has made historic progress since 2011, but significant challenges remain.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:Baltics' Russian Media Use Online Humor to Combat Propaganda2017-04-21
Russia's nationalist propaganda machine kicked into high gear after the 2014 annexation of Crimea sparked the worst East-West tensions since the Cold War.
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