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慢速英语附字幕:新手机系统让聋瞎人用上手机2017-04-18
A deaf and blind woman from Australia has become the first person to make a telephone call using a device that converts speech into Braille. Braille is a form of writing that uses raised dots on a surface that can be read by touching it.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:男女约会需注意的事项(约吗?)2017-04-18
If you are in Uganda, what quality could most hurt your chances for getting a date? As a tourist in Myanmar, what is the worst way to meet someone?
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:利用沙门氏菌杀死癌细胞2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health and Lifestyle Report. Not many people consider a bacterium that makes millions of people sick . . . a friend. But scientist Roy Curtiss does.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:美国每年大约430人死于一氧化碳中毒2017-04-18
Many areas around the world suffer from frequent loss of electrical power. People often must use other sources of power, such as gasoline or diesel fuel. But these other power sources can be deadly if people do not ventilate the area in which they are use
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:改变工作计划以治愈“社会时差”2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English this is the Health & Lifestyle report. Do you often start your day feeling tired? Do you ever fall asleep at work? Do you sometimes just feel out of it -- as if your brain is still asleep, even though your body is awake?
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:如何照顾全球日益增长的老龄化人口2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health & Lifestyle Report. Everywhere in the world, people are living longer. Studies show the average age of the human population is rising.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:10年人或因听大声音乐而听力受损2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health and Lifestyle report. One billion teenagers and young adults around the world risk losing their hearing by listening to loud music.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:研究发现阅读对儿童影响深远2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health & Lifestyle report. For some people, the warmest memories from childhood come from being read a great story. But reading to children does more than create warm memories.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:身体姿势影响看待自己的方式2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health & Lifestyle report. We have known for a long time that our body posture – the way we hold our bodies when we sit, stand or walk -- tells the world a lot about us.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:二手烟是虐待儿童?2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health & Lifestyle report. Doctors have been warning for years that secondhand smoke leads to many types of illness. However, many children around the world live in areas where adults regularly smoke.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:工作压力影响飞行员的心理健康2017-04-18
Some are asking whether personality tests could have prevented co-pilot Andreas Lubitz from crashing a Germanwings passenger airplane in the French Alps on March 24. But experts say many kinds of stress in the work of airline pilots can contribute to thei
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:研究发现女性更喜欢女性卫生工作者2017-04-18
Researchers recently completed a study of a new method of giving health care to women in Northern Nigeria. They found women and children would use health services more often when they could see a female health worker.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:艾滋病新治疗方法明年进入临测2017-04-18
Researchers in the United States are calling it a Big Deal. Next year, human tests could lead to a new treatment for AIDS. It is being called an innovative and creative treatment. The treatment changes the DNA of cells to make them HIV fighters. It has pr
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:过度使用智能设备容易颈部疼痛2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health and Lifestyle report. Most children have heard their parents at one time or another yell sit up straight! or dont slouch!
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:大口吃肉还是拯救地球?2017-04-18
Americans are not eating as much meat as they used to. Price is certainly a major reason. But people also say there are other reasons, such as health and ethics.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:时差是如何产生及如何避免时差2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health & Lifestyle Report. Our bodies react to daylight. In fact, light is the most powerful environmental signal for re-setting our biological clock. Part of the job of the biological clock is to control when we sle
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:糖需求量持续走高 或开征糖税?2017-04-18
The World Health Organization says people around the world are eating more sugar. As a result, it says, health problems related to weight gain and tooth damage are increasing. Sugary foods and drinks cause tooth decay, weakening the bone.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:斯里兰卡海归回到祖国2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health and Lifestyle report. Many people around the world leave their home country for a better education and better job in another country. A woman from Sri Lanka named Ashanthi Mathai has a story like that.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:生活态度——选择当单身妈妈2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health and Lifestyle Report. American actress Marisa Tomei won an Academy Award for her work in the 1992 movie My Cousin Vinny.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:一些被误读的青少年大脑发育状况2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health and Lifestyle Report. A woman named Frances Jensen is a neuroscientist. She has been studying the human brain for almost all of her career. But even she was not ready for the job of raising two teenage boys.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:医疗技术发展提高动脉瘤患者生存机会2017-04-18
Each year, half a million people die from brain aneurysms -- when a blood vessel bursts in the brain. For survivors, physical disabilities are often severe. They may include memory problems, loss of balance, trouble speaking and even blindness. But new te
VOA慢速英语:A Simple Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease: Exercise2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health and Lifestyle Report. More than six million people around the world suffer from Parkinsons disease. Parkinsons disease makes patients shake and their muscles difficult to move.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:最古老的水果之一——石榴2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health & Lifestyle report. The pomegranate is one of the oldest known fruits. Pomegranates are found in ancient writings and pictured in the ancient art of many cultures and religions.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:美国研究空气污染与自闭症的关系2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health & Lifestyle Report. Autism spectrum disorder is a developmental disability. People with autism have trouble communicating and with social skills.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:如何解决城市光污染?2017-04-18
Everyone who loves looking up at the night sky knows one thing: to see the most stars . . . get away from a city. In cities, artificial light comes from street lamps, buildings, signs and cars. All this unnatural, man-made light blocks out any chance to s
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:咖啡会替代茶成中国最受欢迎饮品?2017-04-18
Asia has long tradition of tea-drinking. And China is no exception. However, lately more and more Chinese people are turning to a different drink. Coffee has become an increasingly popular choice of Chinese people living abroad and in the countrys huge ci
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:西方饮食习惯危害人类健康和环境2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health Report. The spread of Western eating habits around the world is bad for human health and for the environment. Those findings come from a new report in the journal Nature.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:你最关心什么类型的健康报道主题2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health Report. To end the year on a happy note, we thought you might like to re-visit Learning English Health Report stories that were popular with you.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:巧克力有助提高记忆力和心脏健康2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health Report. Can eating a chocolate bar every day really prevent age-related memory loss? No. Can eating chocolate cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner be good for your heart?
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:帮助乌干达的残疾儿童2017-04-18
Children love to play. Playing is how they grow and learn. But for some children, the idea of simple, joyful play time can seem very far away. These boys and girls may look differently than others, and not be able to move around as others do.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:每年数百万人因室内污染而丧命2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health Report. The way we cook is important. In many countries, the two choices are natural gas or electric-powered stoves.
VOA慢速英语:埃博拉幸存者讲述他的经历2017-04-18
Recently Voice of America held a town hall meeting "Ebola: Knowledge Is Life" to provide first-hand experience on how the virus is affecting the people and the countries suffering from the Ebola outbreak.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:世卫组织称鼠疫或在马达加斯加蔓延2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health Report. For much of 2014, health officials around the world have been guarding against Ebola virus. There is another disease that can cause as much attention and fear – the plague.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:康复中心给乌干达残疾儿童带来希望2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health Report. Children love to play, but for some children, the idea of simple joyful playtime can seem very far away. These boys and girls may look differently than others, and not be able to move around as others
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:美国阿尔茨海默氏症宣传月2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health Report. November is Alzheimers Awareness Month in the United States. Alzheimers is a frightening disease. It is frightening not only for those who suffer from memory loss, but also for their loved ones.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:南非整容之旅:一个完美的身体2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health Report. How far would you go for a perfect body? Many people these days are going as far as South Africa to get their version of perfection. People from across Africa and the world come for so-called surgery s
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:非洲人涌向南非做整形手术2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health Report. How far would you go for a perfect body? Many people these days are going as far as South Africa to get their version of perfection. People from across Africa and the world come for so-called surgery s
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:国际卫生官员称遏制埃博拉病毒取得进展2017-04-18
International health officials say the number of new Ebola cases in West Africa is falling. But the experts warn this news must not slow the fight against Ebola. The United Nations is still calling for more international help to fight the deadly virus.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:魔术治疗法2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English this is the Health Report. Magic is the performance of tricks. It has been a part of almost every culture in the world for centuries. Magic shows today might include a disappearing act, card tricks, or pulling a rabbit out of a h
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:埃博拉药物正在迅速通过审批程序2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health Report. Researchers are hurrying to develop effective treatments and vaccines for Ebola. The disease has killed more than 4,500 people. Most of the victims lived in one of three West African countries - Guinea
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:大规模接种疫苗可以消除狂犬病2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health Report. In the United States, we often say that dogs are a mans best friend. While it is true that dogs are popular pets, it is also true that in some parts of the world, a dog bite can lead to a painful death
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:如何处理过度活跃症患者2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health Report. Five million American children and teenagers have Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly known as ADHD.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:10月1日美国芥兰日——“超级食品”2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health Report. To prove that there is a celebration for just about everything, October 1 officially marked National Kale Day in the United States. Thats right – National Kale Day.
VOA慢速英语[翻译]:孩子身体好在校表现好2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health Report. Overweight. Out-of-shape. Fat. Whatever you want to call it, many studies show that children around the world are becoming less active and less physically fit.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:手写笔记比打字记录更好么?2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health Report. Many college students have given up taking class notes by hand. Instead, they type on laptop or tablet computers. But scientists from Princeton University and the University of California say that that
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:少坐点,活久点2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health Report. If you are sitting down listening to this Health Report, stand up. Move your legs. Touch your toes, if you can. Do anything but sit.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:埃博拉在西非大肆蔓延2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health Report. A top health expert warns that the whole world needs to help deal with what he calls the first Ebola epidemic the world has known.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:是否存在致命的脊髓灰质炎病毒?2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health Report. Is a new deadly polio virus hiding somewhere in the world? Some scientists believe this might be the case.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:吃生巧克力对身体更有好处2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health Report. Chocolate. Is it good for our health? Or is it just good? Many experts warn that the sugar in chocolate is not good for us. But doctors point to the healthful qualities of chocolates antioxidants.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:东南亚地区耐药疟疾传播2017-04-18
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health Report. On Thailands border with Myanmar, also known as Burma, a malaria research and treatment center is increasing efforts to kill, or eliminate, a drug-resistant form of the parasite before it spreads abroa

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