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。

该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故: A Chip on Your Shoulder2017-04-18
Every week at this time we tell the story of words and expressions used in American English. Some of them are old. Some are new. Together, they form the living speech of the American people.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故: 与名字有关的词汇2017-04-18
A person’s name is very important. Some names also have special meanings in popular American expressions. To better understand what I mean, sit back and listen. You might even want to get a cup of Joe, I mean, a cup of coffee.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Words and Their Stories: RX标识的由来2017-04-18
Every week at this time, the Voice of America tells about popular words and expressions used in the United States. Some of these words and expressions are old. Some are new. Together, they form the living speech of the American people.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇掌故:Get Your Act Together2017-04-18
A woman from Japan was telling a friend about her trip to the United States. The woman had visited major businesses and investment companies in New York City and Chicago.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇掌故:小道消息2017-04-18
That is so because reports received through the grapevine are supposed to be secret. The information is all hush hush. It is whispered into your ear with the understanding that you will not pass it on to others.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇掌故:包含hit的词汇2017-04-18
Now, WORDS AND THEIR STORIES a VOA Special English program about American expressions. I'm Rich Kleinfeldt with some expressions containing the word hit.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇掌故:从电视迷到幽居病2017-04-18
Some unusual words describe how a person spends his or her time. For example, someone who likes to spend a lot of time sitting or lying down while watching television is sometimes called a couch potato. A couch is a piece of furniture that people sit on w
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Words and Their Stories: I'm Feeling Very Blue2017-04-18
Every people has its own way of saying things, its own special expressions. Many everyday American expressions are based on colors.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Words and Their Stories: It Will Not Wash2017-04-18
Young Mister Smith had an idea for his employer. It was an idea for saving money for the company by increasing prices. At the same time, Smith suggested that the company sell goods of less value.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故-Hotheaded Hot Shot2017-04-18
Hot is a simple, easily understood word. So are most of the expressions made with the word hot. But not always, as we shall see.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Words and Their Stories: Nuts and Bolts2017-04-18
Every machine is held together by its nuts and bolts. Without them, the machine would fall apart. That is also true of an organization. Its nuts and bolts are its basic, necessary elements. They are the parts that make the organization work.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Words and Their Stories: Dog Talk2017-04-18
Americans use many expressions with the word dog. People in the United States love their dogs and treat them well. They take their dogs for walks, let them play outside and give them good food and medical care. However, dogs without owners to care for the
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Words and Their Stories: Voices From 9-11 Tell Story of Fast-Moving Events2017-04-18
Today, we tell the story of the 9-11 attacks through some of the words spoken that morning ten years ago. A newly released document includes recordings of air traffic controllers, military pilots and others reacting to the fast-moving events.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语:Words and Their Stories: Swan Song2017-04-18
The white swan with its long, graceful neck is among the most beautiful of birds. The swan is mostly silent through its life. It floats quietly on the water, unable to sing sweet songs like most other birds.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语:词汇典故:和服装相关的词汇 22017-04-18
Last week, I explained some English expressions about clothes. Everything I told you was true. I did not talk through my hat or say something without knowing the facts.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:和衣服相关的词汇, Part One2017-04-18
Have you ever considered all the English expressions that include words about clothes? Let's see if I can name a few off the cuff, or without any preparation.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Words and Their Stories: Great Scott2017-04-18
The expressions range from mild to strong, from exclamations and oaths, to curses and swear words. The ones that are accepted in public speech change through the years as social rules change.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Words and Their Stories: Losing It2017-04-18
Tom Smith is the best hitter on his company's baseball team. For weeks during the playing season, Tom hit a home run in every game the team played. But then suddenly he stopped hitting home runs. He could not hit the baseball at all.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇掌故:摇滚之都克里夫兰和汽车城底特律2017-04-18
Many American cities have interesting nicknames. Nicknames can help establish the identity of a city. They can also spread pride among its citizens. But nicknames sometimes can make fun of something.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇掌故:洛杉矶别名2017-04-18
A nickname is a shortened form of a person's name. A nickname can also be a descriptive name for a person, place or thing. Many American cities have nicknames. These can help establish an identity, spread pride among citizens and build unity. Nicknames c
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇掌故:芝加哥别名2017-04-18
A nickname is a shortened version of a person's name. A nickname also can describe a person, place or thing. Many American cities have interesting nicknames. These can help establish an identity, spread pride among citizens and build unity.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇掌故:纽约别名2017-04-18
A nickname is a shortened form of a person's name. A nickname also can be a descriptive name for a person, place or thing. Many American cities have nicknames. These can help establish an identity, spread pride among citizens and build unity.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇掌故:焰火2017-04-18
The expression fireworks gets its meaning from the fireworks that people shoot into the sky when they are celebrating a great event. Rockets explode to fill the dark, night sky with bright reds and blues, with yellows and greens and whites.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇掌故:嘴巴相关词汇2017-04-18
People use their mouths for many things. They eat, talk, shout and sing. They smile and they kiss. In the English language, there are many expressions using the word mouth. But some of them are not so nice.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Words and Their Stories: Expressions Involving the Nose and the Ears2017-04-18
Some people are able to lead other people by the nose. For example, if a wife leads her husband by the nose, she makes him do whatever she wants him to do.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇掌故:和眼睛相关的词汇2017-04-18
Today's program is all about eyes. When it comes to relationships, people's eyes can be a window into their hearts. This means that their eyes can tell a lot about how they feel. We will tell a story about a man and woman who are teachers at the same sc
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Words and Their Stories: English Expressions With Kick2017-04-18
From birth to death, the word kick has been given an important part in expressing human experience. The proud and happy mother feels the first signs of life kicking inside her womb. And that same life many years later comes to its end in a widely-used exp
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇掌故:Hold相关的一些词汇2017-04-18
Can't hold a candle to is a popular expression. It is from the time before electricity, when people used candles for light. Someone who lived in a big house would have a servant light his way by holding a candle. The expression meant that the person who
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Words and Their Stories: Bag Expressions2017-04-18
The bag is one of the most simple and useful things in the world. It is a container made of paper or cloth. It has given the world many strange expressions that are not very simple. Some of them are used in the United States today.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇掌故:直切正题2017-04-18
At one time most women made their own clothes, buying the cloth in small stores. The material was kept in large rolls. And the storekeeper cut off as much as a woman wanted. Brass tacks along his work table helped him measure the exact amount.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇掌故:和老板相关的短语2017-04-18
On weekends and during holidays, many of us enjoy doing nothing. But most of the time we have to work. And, to keep our jobs, we must work hard. Our employer will not like it if we do nothing.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇掌故:和水相关的表达2017-04-18
The expression to be in hot water is one of them. It is a very old expression. Hot water was used five-hundred years ago to mean being in trouble. One story says it got that meaning from the custom of throwing extremely hot water down on enemies attacking
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇掌故:和猫相关的短语2017-04-18
Cats are the most popular pets among Americans. So it is not surprising that there are many expressions about cats. Some cats like to catch small birds, like canaries. If someone looks very proud or satisfied with himself, we say he looks like the cat tha
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇掌故:霍布森的选择2017-04-18
One of these expressions is Hobson's choice. It often is used to describe a difficult choice. But that is not what it really means. Its real meaning is to have no choice at all.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇掌故:和鱼相关的表达2017-04-18
Americans use many expressions about fish and fishing. For example, if something sounds fishy, it may not be true. Sometimes I feel like a fish out of water when I go to a party and everyone but me is doing the latest dance.
该音频有LRC字幕 voa慢速英语附字幕:词汇掌故:人生箴言2017-04-18
Today we explain more popular proverbs. A proverb is a short, well known saying that expresses a common truth or belief. Proverbs are popular around the world.
该音频有LRC字幕 voa慢速英语讲解附字幕:词语典故:与马有关的表达方式2017-04-18
Today, we tell about "horse" expressions. In the past, many people depended on horses for transportation, farming and other kinds of work. A lot of people still like to ride horses. And, horse racing is also popular. So it is not surprising that America
该音频有LRC字幕 voa慢速英语:Words and Their Stories:Monkey Expressions2017-04-18
Monkeys are very similar to us in many ways. Most have ten fingers and ten toes, and brains much like ours. We enjoy watching them because they often act like us. In fact, Charles Darwin's theory of evolution says that monkeys and humans share a common a
该音频有LRC字幕 voa慢速英语附字幕:词汇掌故:与航海相关的短语2017-04-18
One of these is deep-six. It means to hide something or put it where it will not be found. You can also deep-six, or reject a proposal.
该音频有LRC字幕 voa慢速英语:Words and Their Stories:Food Expressions,Part Three2017-04-18
My mother always told us there is no use crying over spilled milk. That means you should not get angry when something bad happens and cannot be changed. People said my mother was a good egg. She would always help anyone in need.
voa慢速英语:Words and Their Stories:Food Expressions,Part Two2017-04-18
Today we will talk about some good things to eat. If something is new and improved, we say it is the best thing since sliced bread. In the past, bread was only sold in loaves in baked goods stores. Today, American supermarkets sell sliced bread in plastic
该音频有LRC字幕 voa慢速英语:词汇掌故:和蔬菜水果有关的一些表达方式2017-04-18
For example, a cucumber is a long, green vegetable that people often eat in salads. You might say a person is as cool as a cucumber if he never seems to worry about anything and stays calm in a stressful situation.
该音频有LRC字幕 voa慢速英语:词汇掌故:王牌Ace in the Hole2017-04-18
It is surprising how many expressions that Americans use every day came from the card game of poker. For example, you hear the expression, ace in the hole, used by many people who would never think of going near a poker table.
该音频有LRC字幕 voa慢速英语讲解附字幕:词语典故:表达身体状况的医疗用语2017-04-18
Many professions have their own words and expressions. This is true for the medical profession. Doctors use many technical terms that most people do not understand. But there are also expressions we use every day to tell about a person's health. Let me e
该音频有LRC字幕 voa慢速英语:Words and Their Stories:State Nicknames,Part 42017-04-18
Today, we finish telling about the interesting nicknames that have been given to the fifty American states.The state of Ohio is in the midwest. It is named the Buckeye State after a tree that produces nuts similar to chestnuts.
该音频有LRC字幕 voa慢速英语:词汇掌故:美国各州别名 32017-04-18
The mid-Atlantic state of Maryland is called the Free State. A Baltimore newspaper first called it that during the nineteen twenties when the manufacture and sale of alcohol were banned for a time. Maryland said it wanted to be free from this prohibition.
该音频有LRC字幕 voa慢速英语:Words and Their Stories:State Nicknames,Part 22017-04-18
Idaho is known as the Gem State. This is not because it has diamonds but because it believes it is the jewel of the western Rocky Mountains. Illinois is the Land of Lincoln.
该音频有LRC字幕 voa慢速英语:词汇掌故:美国各州别名 12017-04-18
A nickname is a shortened form of a person's name. A nickname can also be a descriptive name for a person, place or thing.
voa慢速英语:Words and Their Stories:Insect Expressions2017-04-18
There are many American expressions about insects like bees, for example. Bees are known as very hard workers. They always appear to be busy, moving around in their homes, or hives. So you might say you were as busy as a bee if you spent your weekend clea
该音频有LRC字幕 voa慢速英语:Words and Their Stories:Money,Part 32017-04-18
Most people enjoy working for several reasons. Their job might be fun, or they like their employer and the other people at work. Most people I know, however, work for the money. I do not know anyone who is loaded, or extremely rich.

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