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。

Words And Their Stories(词语掌故)这一专题节目,旨在向学习英语的听众介绍美国英语中生动有趣的词语和惯用法,并从科学研究和通俗词源学的角度来解释它们的含意、产生的背景及其在使用过程中的演变情况等。它通过讲故事的形式讲解每一个词语。这是VOA Special English中的优秀节目之一,是学习美国英语的极好材料。通过收听这一节目,听众不仅能学到娓娓动听的掌故和地道的美国英语,而且能增加美国的社会文化背景知识,历史传统与现状的了解。

VOA慢速英语:词汇典故:春天的气息!2017-03-19
Today we talk about a time when half the world is waking from the dark, cold winter months. Spring!
VOA慢速英语:词汇典故:NCAA疯狂三月2017-03-18
Today on our program, we discuss some words and expressions related to March Madness. That is the big college basketball tournament going on now in the United States.
VOA慢速英语:词汇典故:不要冲线!除非是终点线2017-03-12
Today, we will talk about the word line. Line is a simple, four-letter word, but it has many meanings, making a simple word complex.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:明智的话2017-03-11
This week, we listen in on Anne Ball and Phil Dierking as they discuss words like wiretap, surveillance and bug!
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:新闻事件的常见表达2017-03-05
Today, we talk about two phrases that were ripped from the headlines, meaning they both came into the language from news events that were covered extensively in the press.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:美国英语词典韦氏在线添加新词汇2017-03-03
The American English dictionary Merriam-Webster recently added a lot of new words to its online site. Learning English reporter Bryan Lynn looked into the changes.
VOA慢速英语:词汇典故:La La Land 爱乐之城2017-02-26
Today we talk about expressions involving Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles is the biggest city in the western United States. It is the second largest U.S. city in terms of population, after New York City.
VOA慢速英语:词汇典故:神秘的冰城堡酒店2017-02-25
And now the VOA Learning English program, Words and Their Stories. This week we finish the three-part story Mystery at The Ice Castle Inn. You will learn not only the ending of the mystery but also more English expressions that deal with cold.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:浪漫的关系2017-02-20
Now, the VOA Learning English program Words and Their Stories. On this program we explore common expressions in American English. Today we talk about expressions related to a powerful emotion: love.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:如何赢得选举2017-02-19
Today we talk about expressions related to the biggest contest in the United States – the election of the American president. Well, except for the first election. That was not much of a contest. On February 4,1789, all 69 members of Congress voted for George Washington
VOA慢速英语:词汇典故:浪漫的关系2017-02-12
Now, the VOA Learning English program Words and Their Stories. On this program we explore common expressions in American English. Today we talk about expressions related to a powerful emotion: love.
VOA慢速英语:词汇典故:关于鲱鱼的有趣词汇2017-02-05
Now, Words and Their Stories, a program from VOA Learning English. On this show, we try to explain common expressions used in American English. Today, we talk about a small, silvery fish, called herring. In some places, herring is a popular food.
VOA慢速英语:词汇典故:全力以赴!2017-01-29
Now, Words and Their Stories from VOA Learning English. On this program, we explore common expressions in American English. Today we talk about a part of our body that is usually very busy – our feet! Feet help us walk, run, dance, and jump.
VOA慢速英语:词汇典故:stump是什么意思2017-01-22
And now the VOA Learning English program, Words and Their Stories. Every word has its own story. What does it mean? Where did it come from? And how did it get into our language?
VOA慢速英语:词汇典故:做生意的成本2017-01-15
There are many expressions that business people use to talk about their business deals. Learn some very useful ones in this episode of Words and Their Stories.
VOA慢速英语:你的新年决心是什么?2017-01-08
Today we talk about the word resolution. Resolution is a word with more than one meaning.
VOA慢速英语:词汇典故:神秘的冰城堡酒店2017-01-01
And now the VOA Learning English program, Words and Their Stories. This week we finish the three-part story Mystery at The Ice Castle Inn. You will learn not only the ending of the mystery but also more English expressions that deal with cold.
VOA慢速英语:词汇典故:神秘的冰城堡酒店(二)2016-12-25
We continue learning cold weather expressions with our story, Mystery at The Ice Castle Inn. This is Part 2 of a three-part series.
VOA慢速英语:词汇典故:关于做家的英语词组2016-12-11
Home fills our hearts and our conversations. Learn the most common home expressions, including the somewhat confusing one: You Cant Go Home Again.
VOA慢速英语:词汇典故:关于做梦的英语词组2016-12-04
Scientists are still unable to explain why we dream. But we can explain how we use the word dream in our everyday conversations!
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:回顾过去2016-11-27
Looking back. Remembering. The past can teach us many things. But why does it involve American football? Find out in this episode of Words and Their Stories. You will also find out what this expression means: hindsight is 20/20.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:立法过程2016-11-20
Join us now for Words and Their Stories, a program from VOA Learning English. Each week, we tell the story of words and expressions used in American English. Some of them are old. Some are new.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:关于军事的英语短语2016-11-13
Just because an expressions is created by a soldier doesnt mean it is only used by soldiers. Improve your conversation skills these expressions and acronyms that come from the military.
VOA慢速英语:词汇典故:关于按钮的英语词汇2016-11-06
Common everyday objects are found in our common everyday expressions. This time we focus on an object that people all over the world use without much thought. They are buttons!
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:万圣节与鬼2016-10-30
Halloween is a fun holiday in the U.S. It’s a time for costumes and candy and scary things … like ghosts!
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