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慢速英语讲解:2010年美国人民选择奖提名出炉2017-04-18
Stars of music, movies, and television appeared Wednesday night for the thirty-seventh yearly People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles. It is the only major awards event in America where fans decide who takes home a prize. Chris Cruise tells about the show
voa慢速英语:Flannery O’Connor,1925-1964:She Told Stories...2017-04-18
She was good. Yet, she was not always as good a writer as she became. She improved because she listened to others. She changed her stories. She re-wrote them, then re-wrote them again, always working to improve what she was creating.
voa慢速英语:Harry Houdini,1874-1926:The Great Escape Artist2017-04-18
It was a hot July day in nineteen twelve. A huge crowd gathered near New York City's East River. They were there to watch a man whose hands and legs had been locked together.
voa慢速英语:Maria Callas,1923-1977:A Beautiful Voice...2017-04-18
Opera is a play that tells a story in music. The people in the opera sing, instead of speak, the play's words. Opera is one of the most complex of all art forms. It combines acting, singing, music, costumes, scenery and, sometimes, dance. Often there are
voa慢速英语:Milton Hershey,1857-1945:He Created a...2017-04-18
Milton Snavely Hershey was born in eighteen fifty-seven in central Pennsylvania. His mother was a member of the Mennonite Church. The religious group valued self-denial and community service. His father worked at many different jobs.
voa慢速英语:F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940): What...2017-04-18
The Great Gatsby is a story about success American success and what one must do to gain it. It is a story about appearance and reality. It is a story about love, hate, loyalty, and disloyalty.
voa慢速英语:F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940): He Wrote...2017-04-18
Early in nineteen twenty, the American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald was poor and unknown. He was twenty-four years old. The girl he wanted to marry had rejected him. Her family said he could not support her.
voa慢速英语:John Coltrane,1926-1967:The Famous...2017-04-18
He was one of the greatest saxophone players of all time. He wrote jazz music. He recorded new versions of popular songs. And, he helped make modern jazz popular. I'm Shirley Griffith.
voa慢速英语:Edgar Allan Poe,1809-1849:His Poems...2017-04-18
Americans celebrate Halloween on October thirty-first. It is mostly a holiday for children who like to be frightened. Yet many grown people observe Halloween, too.
voa慢速英语:Edith Wharton,1862-1937:She Wrote...2017-04-18
A critic once described American writer Edith Wharton as a self-made man. She liked the comment and repeated it. Others said she was a product of New York City. But the New York she wrote about was different from the New York of those who came after her.
voa慢速英语:Soupy Sales,1926-2009:He Made People...2017-04-18
Soupy Sales was an actor, and a radio and television performer. He was perhaps best known for getting hit in the face with pies.
voa慢速英语:Nellie Bly,1864-1922:Newspaper Reporter...2017-04-18
The year was eighteen eighty-seven. The place was New York City. A young woman, Elizabeth Cochrane, wanted a job at a large newspaper. The editor agreed, if she would investigate a hospital for people who were mentally sick and then write about it.
voa慢速英语:Roger Miller,1936-1992:'King of the...2017-04-18
The name of that song is Dang Me. It was written and recorded by Roger Miller in nineteen-sixty-five. It was not the first song he had written, but it was his first huge hit record. In fact, the recording of Dang Me helped Roger Miller win five of the Nat
voa慢速英语:First Lady Worked to Make America Beautiful2017-04-18
Today we tell about Lady Bird Johnson. She is best known for being the wife of President Lyndon Baines Johnson who led the nation during the nineteen sixties. But Mrs. Johnson was also an influential environmental activist, tireless campaigner and success
voa慢速英语:Ralph Ellison,1914-1994:His Book...2017-04-18
Today we tell about writer Ralph Ellison and his famous novel Invisible Man. The book is about a nameless black man's search for his identity and place in society.
voa慢速英语:Elizabeth Blackwell,1821-1910:The First...2017-04-18
Every week we tell about someone important in the history of the United States. Today, Shirley Griffith and Ray Freeman tell about the first western woman in modern times to become a doctor. Now, the story of Elizabeth Blackwell on the VOA Special English
voa慢速英语:Andy Warhol,1928-1987:The Father of Pop Art2017-04-18
Through both his art and lifestyle he explored the nature of fame, popular culture, and the media. His artistic influence and unusual personality redefined the modern art world.
voa慢速英语:Isadora Duncan,1877-1927:The...2017-04-18
Angela Isadora Duncan was born in San Francisco, California in eighteen seventy-seven. She was the youngest of four children. Her parents marriage ended in divorce when Isadora was three years old. Isadora and her brothers and sister were raised by their
voa慢速英语:Duke Ellington:His Life Story,Part Two2017-04-18
Every week we tell about a person who was important in the history of the United States. Today, we finish our report about the great jazz musician Duke Ellington.
voa慢速英语:Duke Ellington,1899-1974:From a Young...2017-04-18
Just the first few notes of that song are enough to tell any music expert who is playing. It is like a musical sign. The sign says, Listen! You are about to hear something by Duke Ellington's orchestra. It was always the first song his orchestra played.
voa慢速英语:Clare Boothe Luce, 903-1987:News Reporter,..2017-04-18
Today we tell about a woman who became famous for her activities in government, the media and the arts. She was a member of Congress and an ambassador. She was a news reporter and magazine editor. And she wrote plays. Her name was Clare Boothe Luce.
voa慢速英语:Jacob Riis,1849-1914:He Worked to Make New...2017-04-18
Every week at this time, the Voice of America tells about someone important in the history of the United States. This week we tell about Jacob Riis. He was a writer who used all his energy to make the world a better place for poor people.
voa慢速英语:Winslow Homer,1836-1910:America's Greatest...2017-04-18
Today we tell about Winslow Homer, considered to be the greatest American artist of the nineteenth century. Homer created pictures that showed the relationship between humans and nature. The strong, clear images he drew and painted matched the wild, devel
voa慢速英语:Emily Dickinson,1830-1886:The 'Belle of Amherst'...2017-04-18
The words are by American poet Emily Dickinson, who died in eighteen eighty-six. During her life, she published only about ten poems. Four years after her death, a few more poems were published. But her complete work did not appear until nineteen fifty-fi
voa慢速英语:Ella Fitzgerald,1917-1996:America's First...2017-04-18
The year was nineteen thirty-three. The place was New York City. Ella Fitzgerald was sixteen years old. She had entered a competition at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. She was going to dance. But she had just watched two dancers perform. They were better d
voa慢速英语:Mary Lyon:A Leader in Women's Education2017-04-18
During the nineteenth century, women's education was not considered important in the United States. Supporters of advanced education for women faced many problems.
voa慢速英语:Woody Guthrie,1912-1967:He Wrote One of...2017-04-18
Woody Guthrie grew up in Oklahoma and Texas during the nineteen twenties. A short time later, many farms in these states failed. Extreme dry weather ruined the soil. This area became known as the Dust Bowl.
voa慢速英语:Woody Guthrie,1912-1967:Singing the Songs of Dust...2017-04-18
Imagine you are in America in the nineteen thirties. A train passes through the countryside. It is night time. And the only sound that can be heard is the long, lonely whistle coming from the train's engine. Inside the train's boxcars are groups of men
voa慢速英语:Ayn Rand,1905-1982:Americans Still Debate Her...2017-04-18
Although she died more than twenty-five years ago, many Americans still argue about Ayn Rand. More than twenty million copies of her books have been sold around the world. Many people say her books are poorly written. But people still buy hundreds of thou
VOA慢速英语:Ayn Rand,Americans Still Debate Her Books and Ideas2017-04-18
Although she died more than twenty-five years ago, many Americans still argue about Ayn Rand. More than twenty million copies of her books have been sold around the world. Many people say her books are poorly written.
voa慢速英语:R.Buckminster Fuller,1895-1983:Building Designer...2017-04-18
Building designer. Engineer. Inventor. Thinker. Poet. Not five people. Just one: Richard Buckminster Fuller. Bucky Fuller, as he was known, was one of the most unusual thinkers of the twentieth century. His aim in life was to make the human race a success
voa慢速英语:Lena Horne,A Star Who Broke Racial Barriers2017-04-18
Today we remember the singer and actress Lena Horne. She helped break racial barriers by changing the way black women were represented in film. During her sixty-year career performing, Lena Horne electrified audiences with her beauty and rich, emotional v
voa慢速英语:Barbara Jordan,A Powerful Voice for...2017-04-18
Barbara Jordan was a lawyer, educator and member of Congress. She was well known for her powerful, thoughtful speeches. During her long political career, Barbara Jordan worked for social change. She sought to use her political influence to make a differen
voa慢速英语:Doctor Seuss,People of all Ages Love his...2017-04-18
Doctor Seuss was the name used by Theodor Seuss Geisel. He was famous because of the books he wrote for children. They combine humorous words, funny pictures, and social opinion. Mister Geisel also illustrated his books with pictures of funny creatures a
voa慢速英语:Ida Tarbell,She Used Her Reporting Skills Against...2017-04-18
People in America, a program in Special English on the Voice of America. Every week we tell about a person who was important in the history of the United States. Today Shirley Griffith and Ray Freeman tell about reporter Ida Minerva Tarbell.
voa慢速英语:Lucille Clifton,The Award-Winning Poet was the...2017-04-18
Lucille Clifton began writing poetry when she was about ten years old. She had developed an interest in poetry because of her mother, Thelma Sayles. Her mother was also a poet although her poems were never published. As a child Lucille would sit on her mo
voa慢速英语:The first Latino Baseball Player Honored...2017-04-18
Most sports players are known for how great they play a game, or how many records they break. But Roberto Clemente was loved not only for his ability in sports, but also for the kind of person that he was.
voa慢速英语:Elvis Presley,1935-1977:The King...2017-04-18
That song, Hound Dog, was one of Elvis Presley's most popular records. It sold five million copies in nineteen fifty-six. Music industry experts say more than one thousand million of Elvis's recordings have sold throughout the world. He was a success in
voa慢速英语:Madam C.J. Walker:Developed Hair-Care Products...2017-04-18
In the early nineteen hundreds, life for most African-Americans was very difficult. Mobs of white people attacked and killed black people. It was legal to separate groups of people by race. Women, both black and white, did not have the same rights as men.
voa慢速英语:Mark Twain:One of America’s Best Known...2017-04-18
Mark Twain wrote The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in eighteen eighty-four. Since then, the book has been published in at least sixty languages. Some people say it is the best book ever created by an American writer. American students still read The Adve
voa慢速英语:Rachel Carson,1907-1964:Environmentalist and Author2017-04-18
People America, a program in Special English on the Voice of America. Today, Steve Ember and Rich Kleinfeldt tell about scientist Rachel Carson. Her work started the environmental protection movement in the United States.
voa慢速英语:Todd Duncan,1903-1998:He Opened Doors for Other...2017-04-18
Todd Duncan is on the stage. He had just become the first African American man to sing with this important American opera company. No one was sure how he would be received. But the people in the theater offered loud, warm approval of his performance.
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慢速英语讲解:波洛克发明了新型油画2017-04-18
Until the twentieth century, most paintings were representational. This means that artists "represented" their subjects in a way that was realistic and recognizable. However, during the first half of the twentieth century, artists like Jackson Pollock s
voa慢速英语:Her Activism Helped Shape the Look and Feel of Cities2017-04-18
Jane Jacobs was an activist, writer, moral thinker and economist. She believed cities should be densely populated and full of different kinds of people and activities. She believed in the value of natural growth and big open spaces.
[VOA美国人物]Arthur Ashe, 1943-1993: Tennis Champion and Civil Rights Activist2017-04-18
He was an athlete and a social activist who died before he was fifty. He was honored for his bravery and honesty as well as his strong support of just causes.
voa慢速英语讲解:亚瑟-阿什:网球冠军和民权活动家2017-04-18
He was an athlete and a social activist who died before he was fifty. He was honored for his bravery and honesty as well as his strong support of just causes.
[VOA美国人物]Pioneers Who Shaped the Sounds of Radio2017-04-18
Some people say radio was invented by Guglielmo Marconi of Italy. Marconi sent the first radio communication signals through the air in eighteen ninety-five. In fact, no one person can be called the inventor of radio. Many people, including several Americ
voa慢速英语讲解:影响收音机发展的先驱2017-04-18
Some people say radio was invented by Guglielmo Marconi of Italy. Marconi sent the first radio communication signals through the air in eighteen ninety-five. In fact, no one person can be called the inventor of radio. Many people, including several Americ
voa慢速英语:Scott Joplin,1867-1917:The King of Ragtime Music2017-04-18
That song is called Maple Leaf Rag. Scott Joplin wrote it more than one hundred years ago. The song changed Joplin's life. It was very popular. The composer earned a good living from the sales of the sheet music. He also became famous.

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