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。

People in America(美国人物志) 这是有关美国历史名人的一个专题节目,每逢星期天晚上播出。它向听众介绍在美国历史上产生过重大影响、起过重要作用、作出了突出贡献的科学、文学、政治、或其他各方面的历史人物。节目一般都对他们的生平事迹进行简要的叙述,对其贡献作出评介,类似人物小传。有的重要人物事迹很多,必须用两次或几次的节目时间进行联播。对这样的节目要坚持收听,才会获得完整的印象。

VOA慢速英语:Henry Ford, 1863-1947: Life After the Model T2017-04-18
Every week at this time, we tell the story of a person important in the history of the United States. Today, Steve Ember and Frank Oliver complete the story of industrialist Henry Ford.
VOA慢速英语:Henry Ford, 1863-1947: He Created the Ford Motor Company and Revolutionized the Automobile I2017-04-18
Every week at this time, we tell the story of a person was important in the history of the United States. Today Steve Ember and Frank Oliver begin the story of industrialist Henry Ford.
VOA慢速英语:Phillis Wheatley, 1753-1784: Early African-American Poet2017-04-18
The girl who became known as Phillis Wheatley was born about seventeen fifty-three in Senegal, Africa. She was kidnapped and brought to the New England colonies in North America on a ship that carried slaves. The ship's name was Phillis.
VOA慢速英语:Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882: A Great Twentieth Century Writer and Philosopher2017-04-18
The United States had won its independence from Britain just twenty-two years before Ralph Waldo Emerson was born. But it had yet to win its cultural independence. It still took its traditions from other countries, mostly from western Europe.
VOA慢速英语:Burl Ives, 1909-1995; The Famous American Actor and Singer Recorded Hundreds of Songs2017-04-18
In nineteen-fifty-eight Burl Ives appeared in the western movie, The Big Country. He played the part of a man who controls huge amounts of land. In the movie, he is not a nice man. He is mean and respects nothing but power. He causes problems for the peop
VOA慢速英语:Georgia O'Keeffe, 1887-1986: Her Paintings Showed Her Love for the American Southwest2017-04-18
America has produced many great painters in the past one hundred years. Georgia O'Keeffe is one of the most popular and easily recognized artists. People do not mistake her work for anyone else's. People can immediately identify her paintings of huge, c
VOA慢速英语:Sam Houston, 1793-1863: A 19th Century American Statesman, Politician, and Soldier2017-04-18
Last week, we reported on Sam Houston's problems as commander-in-chief of the Texas army in eighteen-thirty-five. Texas belonged to Mexico at that time and had not yet become part of the United States.
VOA慢速英语:Sam Houston, 1793-1863: One of the Most Famous Leaders of Texas2017-04-18
His father was a soldier during the Revolutionary War. After the war, he served as an officer in the state military forces of Virginia. Sam's mother took care of the family farm while her husband was busy with his duties.
VOA慢速英语:Winslow Homer, 1836-1910: America's Painter2017-04-18
In the painting, the water and sky are grey. It is very early in the morning. If you look carefully at the painting, you can see two small points of the color orange. Looking closer still, you can see that one is a small part of a rising sun. The other is
VOA慢速英语:Betty Friedan, 1921-2006: A Leader of the Modern Women's Rights Movement2017-04-18
Betty Friedan is often called the mother of the modern women's liberation movement. Her famous book, The Feminine Mystique, changed America. Some people say it changed the world. It has been called one of the most influential nonfiction books of the twen
VOA慢速英语:Edward Kennedy, 1932-2009: The 'Liberal Lion' of the Senate2017-04-18
He served in the United States Senate from the state of Massachusetts for almost forty-seven years. He was one of its longest-serving and most influential members. He was the Senate's leading liberal Democrat. But his life was filled with tragedy as well
VOA慢速英语:Lena Horne, 1917-2010: A Star Who Broke Racial Barriers2017-04-18
She sang this song in a nineteen forty-three musical movie of the same name. In the nineteen forties, Lena Horne was the first African-American in Hollywood to sign a long-term contract with a major movie studio. Her deal with MGM stated that she would ne
VOA慢速英语:Dr. Spock, 1903-1998: The World's Most Famous Baby Doctor2017-04-18
Benjamin Spock's first book caused a revolution in the way American children were raised. His book, The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care, was published in nineteen forty-six.
VOA慢速英语:Kay Yow and Betty Jameson, They Changed the World of Sports for Women2017-04-18
She developed a love for basketball from her parents, Hilton and Lib Yow. She attended East Carolina University and earned an English degree. She went on to become an English teacher, librarian and girls' basketball coach at Jay Allen High School in High
VOA慢速英语:Michael Jackson, He Amazed the World with His Music and Dancing2017-04-18
Today we tell about one of the most famous performers in the world, Michael Jackson. Known as the King of Pop, Jackson sold more than seven hundred fifty million albums over his career. Michael Jackson redefined popular culture with his energetic music, d
VOA慢速英语:Louisa May Alcott, 1832-1888: The Woman Behind 'Little Women'2017-04-18
In eighteen sixty-eight, an American publisher asked a struggling young writer to write a book for girls. At first, the writer, Louisa May Alcott, was not sure she wanted to do it. She said she never liked girls. And she never knew many, except her sister
VOA慢速英语:Walter Cronkite, 1916-2009: A Trusted TV Newsman2017-04-18
For almost twenty years, that was how Walter Cronkite would end his newscasts. Americans all knew him. So did many world leaders. Today's news anchors could only hope for such recognition. He was often called the most trusted man in America.
VOA慢速英语:Katharine Hepburn, 1907-2003: An Independent and Intelligent Actress2017-04-18
Katharine Hepburn holds the record for the most Academy Awards for Best Actress. She won the honor four times. This star holds a special place in American film and popular culture.
VOA慢速英语:Jesse Owens, 1913- 1980: He Was Once the Fastest Runner in the World2017-04-18
In the summer of nineteen thirty-six, people all over the world heard the name of Jesse Owens. That summer, Owens joined the best athletes from fifty nations to compete in the Olympic games. They met in Berlin, Germany. There was special interest in the O
VOA慢速英语:Eunice Kennedy Shriver, 1921-2009: She Changed the World for People with Mental Disabilities2017-04-18
Today we tell about Eunice Kennedy Shriver. She was a member of one of the most famous families in American politics. She used her influence to make a difference in the lives of millions of people. Though she never ran for office, she spent her life energ
VOA慢速英语:Aaron Copland, 1900-1990: He Taught Americans About Themselves Through Music2017-04-18
Aaron Copland wrote many kinds of music. He wrote music for the orchestra, piano, and voice. He wrote music for plays, movies and dance. Copland also was a conductor, pianist, speaker, teacher and author.
VOA慢速英语:Helen Keller, 1880-1968: She Became the Most Famous Disabled Person in the World2017-04-18
This week we finish the story of a writer and educator, Helen Keller. She helped millions of people who, like her, were blind and deaf.
VOA慢速英语:Helen Keller, 1880-1968: Out of a World of Darkness and Silence, She Brought Hope to Million2017-04-18
The name Helen Keller has had special meaning for millions of people in all parts of the world. She could not see or hear. Yet Helen Keller was able to do so much with her days and years. Her success gave others hope.
VOA慢速英语:Louis Kahn, 1901-1974: He Helped Define Modern Architecture2017-04-18
Louis Kahn helped define modern architecture. Architecture is the art and science of designing and building structures such as houses, museums, and office buildings. Kahn's architecture has several defining qualities.
VOA慢速英语:Billie Holiday, 1915-1959: The Lady Sang the Blues2017-04-18
That was Billie Holiday singing one of her famous songs. She and Arthur Herzog wrote it. Billie Holiday's life was a mixture of success and tragedy. Her singing expressed her experiences and her feelings.
VOA慢速英语:Henry Loomis, 1919-2008: Director of VOA Had the Idea to Create Special English2017-04-18
He served as director of the Voice of America for seven years starting in nineteen fifty-eight. Mister Loomis played an important role in creating the Special English service.
VOA慢速英语:Margaret Mead, One of the Most Famous Anthropologists in the World2017-04-18
People around the world mourned the death of Margaret Mead in nineteen seventy-eight. A year later, the president of the United States, Jimmy Carter, honored the social scientist with America's highest award for civilians.
VOA慢速英语:Ernest Hemingway, 1899-1961: One of the Most Famous Writers of the 20th Century2017-04-18
At twenty-five, Hemingway was living in Paris. He was a famous writer. But the end of his first marriage made him want to leave the place where he had first become famous.
VOA慢速英语:Ernest Hemingway, 1899-1961: He Was Able to Paint in Words What He Saw and Felt2017-04-18
Ernest Hemingway was born in eighteen ninety-nine. He grew up in Oak Park, Illinois, near the middle western city of Chicago. He was the second child in a family of six. His father was a doctor. His mother liked to paint and play the piano.
VOA慢速英语:Bessie Coleman, 1892-1926: She Dared to Dream and Became the First African American Female P2017-04-18
Bessie Coleman was born in Atlanta, Texas, in eighteen ninety-two. Her mother was African American. Her father was part African American and part American Indian. Her family was poor. Bessie had to walk more than six kilometers to go to school. When she w
VOA慢速英语:Gene Kelly, 1912-1996: His Movies Made Dance Popular in America2017-04-18
Eugene Curran Kelly was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in nineteen twelve. His mother wanted all five of her children to play music and to dance. Gene was more interested in becoming an athlete.
VOA慢速英语:Laura Ingalls Wilder, 1867-1957: She Wrote Nine “Little House” Books About Pioneer Life2017-04-18
A long time ago, when all the grandfathers and grandmothers of today were little boys and girls or very small babies, or perhaps not even born, Pa and Ma and Mary and Laura and Baby Carrie left their little house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin. They drove
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Alan Shepard, The First American to Fly in Space2017-04-18
The clock has started. With those words, Alan Shepard became the first American to travel into space. He was in a small spacecraft called Freedom Seven. It was on top of a huge rocket traveling at more than eight thousand kilometers an hour.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Celia Cruz, 1925-2003: “The Queen of Salsa”2017-04-18
That song was Tu Voz, which means Your Voice in Spanish. It was a hit song performed by Celia Cruz and her band, La Sonora Matancera, in nineteen fifty-two. They performed many hit songs. They toured all over the world together spreading the sounds of Cub
VOA慢速英语:John Kenneth Galbraith, 1908-2006: He Influenced Economic Thought for Many Years2017-04-18
John Kenneth Galbraith was an economist, liberal thinker, author, professor, presidential advisor and ambassador. He. stood over two meters tall. He was excellent at arguing positions and making complex ideas understandable. These two qualities made Miste
VOA慢速英语:Ann Landers, 1918-2002: She Helped Millions of People Deal With Their Problems2017-04-18
Many newspapers in the United States have writers who give advice. Some are experts about issues like gardening, food, health or money. People will write to the expert about a problem and he or she will try to solve it.
VOA慢速英语:Robert Frost, 1874-1963: Most Americans Can Quote His Poems2017-04-18
When Robert Frost left the United States in nineteen twelve he was an unknown writer. When he returned from Britain three years later he was on his way to becoming one of America's most honored writers. Publishers who had rejected his books now competed
VOA慢速英语:Robert Frost, Celebrating National Poetry Month with One of America’s Most Famous Poets2017-04-18
In nineteen sixty-one, John Kennedy was sworn in as president of the United States. He asked one of America's best known poets to recite a poem. Robert Frost stood in the cold sunlight that day, his white hair blowing in the wind. He had written a poem e
VOA慢速:Elizabeth Taylor, 1932-2011: She Was Considered One of the Most Beautiful Women of Her Time2017-04-18
Today we tell about the film star Elizabeth Taylor. She made over sixty films during her long career in Hollywood. She was famous for her striking beauty, violet eyes and shining black hair.
voa慢速英语:Babe Ruth,1895-1948:America's Greatest...2017-04-18
George Herman Ruth was born in Baltimore, Maryland in eighteen ninety-five. George's parents owned a bar where people came to drink alcohol. His mother died when he was very young. His father was killed in a street fight.
voa慢速英语:Shirley Chisholm,1924-2005:The First...2017-04-18
Shirley Chisholm is best known as the first black woman elected to United States Congress and the first black woman to run for president of the United States. However, her life was filled with much more than being the first black woman to do important thi
voa慢速英语:Edward Hopper,1882-1967:One of the Best...2017-04-18
When these people walked into the building, they saw two simple, colorful paintings. These paintings showed normal scenes from American life. But they looked mysterious and beautiful. American artist Edward Hopper painted both of these famous pictures.
voa慢速英语:The Carter Family:First Family of Country Music2017-04-18
The news had spread fast. A man named Ralph Peer was coming to the city of Bristol, on the border between Virginia and Tennessee. He wanted to make recordings of local people singing and playing musical instruments. And he said he would pay fifty dollars
voa慢速英语:Patricia Neal 1926-2010:Actress Had...2017-04-18
She was named Patsy Louise Neal when she was born in nineteen twenty-six in Packard, Kentucky, a coal-mining camp. Her father was a manager at a coal mine. Packard no longer exists. It disappeared, as mining camps often do, and few people remember it. But
voa慢速英语:Sam Cooke,1931-1964:A Singer...2017-04-18
During the late nineteen fifties and early sixties, Sam Cooke was one of the biggest stars in the music industry. His smooth voice and musical style were popular with both blacks and whites. His influence still is present in today's music.
voa慢速英语:Harriet Tubman,1820-1913:She...2017-04-18
Historians say Harriet Tubman was born in the year Eighteen-Twenty. Nobody really knows. In the United States in the Nineteenth Century the birth of slaves was not recorded.
voa慢速英语:Ronald Reagan,Remembering One of America...2017-04-18
Experts say Ronald Reagan re-defined the American presidency during his two terms in the nineteen eighties. He became president when he was sixty-nine years old. It was a far different place from that of his birth on February sixth, nineteen eleven.
It was a gray day in nineteen seventy-three. James Wilson Rouse got off a train in Boston, Massachusetts. He had come to see a very old building that was almost empty.
voa慢速英语:Dian Fossey,1932-1985:She Worked to...2017-04-18
Dian Fossey was born in nineteen thirty-two in San Francisco, California. Her parents ended their marriage when she was young. She stayed with her mother, who married another man a short time later. Dian said she had a difficult relationship with both her
voa慢速英语:Patsy Cline,1932-1963:Fans Were 'Crazy' ...2017-04-18
Today we tell about a young woman named Virginia Patterson Hensley. No one but her family would remember that name. The world remembers her as Patsy Cline.