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。

该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:美国:俄罗斯扼杀新闻自由和媒体独立2018-07-14
The U.S., said State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert, condemn(s) the selective targeting of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, or(RFE/RL), and Voice of America, or (VOA), under Russia's law on foreign agent' media outlets.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:摩苏尔解放一周年2018-07-14
One year ago July 10, the city of Mosul, ISIS's self-declared capital in Iraq, was liberated from ISIS by Iraqi Security Forces.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:美国国务卿庞培造访朝鲜讨论无核化2018-07-14
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently concluded another trip to North Korea to meet with government officials to discuss denuclearization. During a press conference in Tokyo Secretary Pompeo said, Let me make clear, North Korea reaffirmed its commi
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:美国制裁尼加拉瓜官员2018-07-14
The United States has imposed sanctions on three Nicaraguan individuals with connections to the government who are involved in serious human rights abuses and corruption. The actions were taken in connection with the ongoing crisis in Nicaragua, including
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:美国支持欧洲能源的多样性2018-07-14
At the recent World Gas Conference in Washington, the U.S. reinforced the fundamental importance of countries and regions employing a diverse combination of fuels, source countries, and delivery routes to enhance their energy security.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:伊朗没有对人口贩卖采取行动2018-07-11
Once again, Iran is ranked with some of the worst places in the world in terms of the fight against human trafficking – the buying and selling of men, women and children in the labor and commercial sex markets.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:美国继续向伊朗施压2018-07-11
The United States is set to apply maximum economic and diplomatic pressure on Iran to induce Iran's leaders to change their destabilizing policies, including their support for terrorism, missile proliferation, and impoverishment of the Iranian people.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:阿富汗政府与塔利班欲通过谈判实现和平2018-07-10
In Afghanistan, President Ashraf Ghani announced the end of the Afghan government's unilateral cease-fire. Despite President Ghani's historic offer to extend the ceasefire another ten days, the Taliban did not extend its own participation past the Eid f
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:缅甸人口贩运再次恶化2018-07-10
In the 2018 Trafficking in Persons, or TIP, Report, Burma was downgraded to Tier 3 for the second time in three years. It had been on a Tier 2 Watch List in 2017.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:国副总统彭斯在危地马拉发表讲话2018-07-08
The United States is facing a crisis of illegal immigration on its southern border, said Vice President Mike Pence during a recent speech in Guatemala. The majority of migrants are coming from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:从地方基层打击人口贩卖2018-07-08
Every year, the United States Department of State issues the Trafficking in Persons Report, or TIP Report, which evaluates the anti-trafficking efforts of 187 countries and territories, including the United States. The report places them on one of four ti
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:2018年人口贩运报告2018-07-06
Trafficking in persons, or modern slavery, is a crime that involves the exploitation of a human being for the purposes of compelled labor or a commercial sex act through the use of force, fraud, or coercion, or the use of a child in the commercial sex ind
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:2018年的美国独立日2018-07-05
Today, the United States of America celebrates its birthday. It is a commemoration of the day in 1776 when representatives of the 13 British colonies signed the Declaration of Independence, a separation from Great Britain.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:ISIS虽今非昔比仍死而不僵2018-07-05
The terrorist group ISIS is no longer the threat it used to be.Though it may be diminished, ISIS is far from defeated. As it loses ground in the Middle East, its fighters disperse to cause trouble all over the world, particularly in Muslim countries.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:为有需要的委内瑞拉人提供更多援助2018-07-04
The Venezuelan economy is in free fall, with soaring inflation and severe shortages of food, water, and medicine. Political opponents of the regime of Nicolas Maduro reportedly have been subjected to imprisonment and torture. Faced with such misery, hundr
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:建立与埃塞俄比亚的贸易伙伴关系2018-07-04
Under Secretary Kaplan led a group of representatives from 14 Advisory Council member firms, as well as officials from 11 U.S. government agencies, on a four nation visit that also included Kenya, Côte d'Ivoire, and Ghana.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:帮助尼泊尔建立初级卫生系统2018-07-03
The Barhabise Primary Health Care Center in Nepal, which was severely damaged in the 2015 earthquake, is the first health facility that was rebuilt with US Agency for International Development, or USAID funds.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:美国国务卿:伊朗重启核计划后果自负2018-07-03
In a recent interview, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned that there would be dire consequences for Iran if the regime's leaders, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Qasem Soleimani, Commander of the IRGC Quds Force, restarted a nuclear weapons
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:抵御自中欧的威胁2018-07-02
Today, the West faces a number of threats, and nowhere is this more evident than in Central Europe. Indeed, Central Europe is one of the battlegrounds where several nations are attempting to increase their influence.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:美国与古巴举行双边委员会会议2018-07-02
The United States and Cuba held the seventh Bilateral Commission meeting in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, June 14. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs John Creamer led the U.S. delegation. The Cuban delegation was led by Car
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:美国国务卿庞培受访谈及俄罗斯和中国2018-06-29
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo noted in a recent interview that China and Russia represent challenges as well as opportunities for the United States. China has wealth and resources, and [Russia] is a power that is struggling mightily, he explained.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:改善尼日利亚农村居民的生活质量2018-06-29
Over the past five years, the Feed the Future Nigeria livelihoods project has helped pull some of the most vulnerable families in Nigeria out of poverty. This U.S. government foreign assistance program has helped Nigerians improve agricultural production,
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:美国和印度展开能源合作2018-06-28
The U.S.-India State and Urban Initiative, led by the Center for Strategic and International Studies [CSIS] Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies and the CSIS Energy and National Security Program, recently announced three new projects with the state
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:美国国务卿庞培谈及美朝关系2018-06-28
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed the bilateral talks between the United States and North Korea in a recent interview. We are working to strike a deal, he said, a deal that Chairman Kim [Jong Un] has signed up for, where. . .
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:乌克兰采取重要措施打击腐败2018-06-27
Despite the significant progress Ukraine has made on reforms since the 2014 Revolution of Dignity, corruption remains a fact of everyday life in Ukraine. As Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan said in Kyiv earlier this year, corruption eats away at th
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:敦促达尔富尔结束暴力冲突2018-06-27
The governments of the United States, the United Kingdom and Norway have called on all warring parties in Darfur to lay down their arms and work with international peacekeepers to achieve a permanent peace.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:美国国务卿庞培:全球美国价值观2018-06-26
Economic diplomacy has always been central to the State Department's mission.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:马蒂斯前往海军战争学院发表演讲2018-06-26
In a speech to the Naval War College, Defense Secretary James Mattis laid out the greatest national security challenges facing the United States.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:美国退出人权理事会2018-06-25
For the last year, the United States has been working to reform the United Nations Human Rights Council into a serious advocate for human rights.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:美国对阿富汗和谈表示欢迎2018-06-25
During Eid celebrations marking the end of Ramadan, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani offered to extend the Afghan government's June 11 ceasefire and start peace talks.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:俄罗斯释放政治犯和宗教囚犯2018-06-24
The United States has called on the Russian Government to immediately release all political and religious prisoners.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:伊朗逮捕另一名人权律师2018-06-24
Earlier in June renowned human rights defender Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested at her home and taken to Evin prison to serve a five-year sentence for undisclosed crimes.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:国防部长马蒂斯出席北约国防部长会议2018-06-23
At the recent NATO Defense Ministerial, Secretary of Defense James Mattis observed that threats to our collective security have not waned, whether terrorism to the south or Russia's aggression and hybrid threats to the east.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:美国:朝鲜彻底无核化就解除制裁2018-06-22
Following the historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with the foreign ministers of South Korea, Japan, and later China to brief them on the way forward with North Korea.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:白宫官员访问缅甸欲巩固和发展美缅关系2018-06-21
Senior Director for Asian Affairs at the White House National Security Council Matt Pottinger, visited Myanmar June 14-16 to meet with senior government leaders and civil society to discuss and strengthen U.S.-Myanmar bilateral relationship.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:伊朗著名律师被捕2018-06-20
Ms. Sotoudeh's husband Reza Khandan reportedly told the Iranian Students' News Agency that the agents who detained her said she must start serving a five year prison sentence, but that neither he nor his wife were informed about what crime she had suppo
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:布隆迪总统皮埃尔•恩库伦齐扎导宪法公投引争议2018-06-19
Pierre Nkurunziza was elected president by Burundi's parliament in 2005 and re-elected by popular vote in 2010. In 2015, Nkurunziza announced that he would run for a third term, disregarding the term limit provisions of the Arusha Agreement which helped
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:通过国际军事教育和培训提高全球稳定2018-06-19
The world is getting smaller and more complicated, and it poses a growing number of national security and foreign policy challenges for the United States and its allies and partners.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:更多人道主义援助乍得湖地区2018-06-19
For nearly a decade now, Boko Haram has used violence in an effort to force its twisted ideology on the people of northeast Nigeria, and has also launched vicious attacks in Cameroon, Niger and Chad. At least 20,000 civilians have been killed in the confl
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:加纳和尼泊尔消除沙眼行动2018-06-17
Trachoma is a disease of the poor. And it is a misery to endure. It is a painful malady of the eyes, caused by frequent and repeated eye infections that scar the inside of the eyelids so the eyelashes rotate inwards and scratch the eye, damaging it.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:为何是美朝峰会而非美伊峰会?2018-06-17
At the historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea's Chairman Kim Jong Un, a bold step was taken toward establishing a new relationship between two countries that have been estranged for decades.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:俄罗斯因网络入侵而受到新的制裁2018-06-16
The U.S. Treasury Department has announced new sanctions against three Russian individuals and five entities.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:美国限制尼加拉瓜践踏民权者申请美国签证2018-06-15
The United States recently imposed visa restrictions that will be applied to Nicaraguan police and other officials linked to violence that has left more than 140 people dead.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:俄罗斯必须解决它在乌克兰造成的危机2018-06-14
On February 27th, 2014, Russian military forces, wearing masks and no military insignia, infiltrated Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, took over the Supreme Council of Crimea and proceeded to capture strategic sites across the peninsula.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:美朝举行历史性峰会2018-06-14
President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, or DPRK, held a historic summit in Singapore on June 12.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:美国国务卿迈克·庞培出席美洲国家组织会议2018-06-13
Speaking at the Organization of American States, or OAS, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged fellow members to do their part to strengthen the OAS to deal effectively with the challenges to our values.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:对伊朗欺骗性商业行为作出警告2018-06-13
In the wake of the United States' withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and the renewed imposition by the U.S of nuclear-related sanctions on Iran, many companies are ending their business involvement with Iran because they do not want to run afoul of U.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:清除叙利亚最后一个ISIS据点2018-06-13
On May first, the Syrian Democratic Forces initiated Operation Roundup: the eviction of the last remnants of ISIS from north-eastern Syria. The first phase of the operation ended successfully in mid-May, with the liberation of the town of Baghuz.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:美国谴责尼加拉瓜政府对民众实施暴力2018-06-13
The United States condemns the Nicaraguan government's violent response to peaceful Mother's Day marches in Managua and other cities on May 30, including assaults on mothers mourning their children killed since protests began April 18.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:美国对伊朗实施的新制裁2018-06-13
As part of the United States' new comprehensive strategy to counter Iran's malign behavior, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. will apply unprecedented financial pressure on the Iranian regime:
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