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:杰克·弗罗斯特的故事2018-12-17
Jack Frost is an imaginary creature. If we believe the stories, he is responsible for winters cold weather. Of course, we believe science. But we still use his name when the temperatures drop. Read this story to learn how!
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:Break a Leg竟是祝你好运2018-12-10
We commonly say break a leg when we want to say good luck? But why? Why not just say good luck? Read this story to find out!
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:“像金丝雀一样歌唱”2018-12-03
This idiom has nothing to do with the beauty of birdsong. Read on to learn how to use sing like a canary.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Dictionary网站年度词汇:假新闻2018-11-28
Many people mix up the meaning of misinformation with the word disinformation. They sometimes use one term in place of the other.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:开炮2018-11-26
So today, we talk about loose cannons! A good word to describe a loose cannon is unpredictable. You never know how an unpredictable person will act in any given situation. But not all unpredictable people are loose cannons.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:家庭支柱2018-11-19
Now, most countries around the world have some sort of bread in their food culture. Even though bread here means money, the word breadwinner does not mean someone who has won money in a competition.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:2018年牛津大学年度词汇:Toxic2018-11-18
Oxford said its data showed a 45 percent rise in searches for the word toxic on its website in 2018.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:与奶油相关的英语短语2018-11-12
This story explains how dairy cream came to mean the best of the best.
VOA慢速英语:词汇典故:笑是最好的良药2018-11-05
Laughing is one of life’s most simple pleasures. It is free. You can do it anywhere. And it makes you feel good!
VOA慢速英语:词汇典故:关于“Potato”的英语短语2018-10-29
Food expressions are popular with language learners. They combine two things important to every culture: food and language. Today we are going to talk about spuds, a nickname for potatoes!
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:Rx代表处方药的由来2018-10-22
A symbol is a sign that represents one or more words. The Rx sign is formed by placing a line across the right foot of the letter R. It represents the word prescription and has come to mean take this medicine.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:百老汇上演《Waiting in the Wings》2018-10-15
Broadway is the heart of American theater. And the English language has several expressions that come from the world of theater. Read on to learn what waiting in the wings means both on stage and off.
VOA慢速英语:词汇典故:与众不同2018-10-08
Not everything can be special all of the time. Learn words and expressions to describe things that are just average or so-so.
VOA慢速英语:词汇典故:是时候“装死”了2018-10-01
Playing possum is not a game. But it can help you to avoid things, like your homework, your job and the world in general. Find out what this all has to do with a small woodland creature.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:那些由歌词走红的词汇2018-09-24
Life can be difficult. To succeed, you can't give up. But what has all this got to do with swimming? Read on to find out!
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:好奇心害死猫2018-09-17
Even many native English speakers dont know the real meaning of the idiom Curiosity killed the cat. Read on to find out.
VOA慢速英语:词汇典故:何谓血浓于水2018-09-10
What does the idiom Blood Is Thicker Than Water have to do with the battlefield? And why do native English speakers use it incorrectly? This story is the first in a series we are calling, Idioms We ALL Use Wrong.
VOA慢速英语:词汇典故:咖啡还是茶?2018-09-03
Tea and coffee are not just popular drinks. They are in some very useful (and funny) expression.
VOA慢速英语:词汇典故:关于钓鱼的英语表达2018-08-27
Fishing is a popular outdoor activity. And many people all over the world love to eat fish. But they also give us many English expressions! So many, in fact, that this story is the first part of a two-part series.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:关于云雨的英语表达2018-08-23
The English language has many expressions about weather. Read on to learn about some related to rain and clouds!
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:关于天气的英语表达2018-08-13
As impossible as it is to believe, you CAN catch lightning in a bottle ... sort of. Read this story to find out how!
VOA慢速英语:词汇典故:一朝被蛇咬2018-08-07
When you are a bit by a snake, you have a snake bite. So, does being snakebit mean the same thing? Find out in this weeks Words and Their Stories.
VOA慢速英语:词汇典故:改变你的想法和鞋子2018-07-30
You may know that flip-flops are popular summer sandals. But did you know flip-flop is also a verb? Find out how to use it in this episode of Words and Their Stories.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:关于露营的英语表达2018-07-23
Camping is popular activity around the world. But have you ever heard of glamping? Find out what this new outdoor activity is all about.
VOA慢速英语:词汇典故:关于游泳的英语短语2018-07-16
Diving is a popular water sport. But it is also a way to jump into to something you like -- like studying English!
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:关于山羊goats的英语表达2018-07-09
Have you ever wondered what the expression "get my goat" means? Well, wonder no more! Listen to Words and Their Stories to find out what this strange idiom means.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:带宽2018-07-02
Our computers have a limited amount of "bandwidth" and so do our brains! Learn how to use this technology-related word.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:做出选择2018-06-26
Now, Words and Their Stories, a program from VOA Learning English. Today we talk about a problem we have all faced. It is when you have to make a decision, but the choices you have are not very appealing. In fact, some of those choices are really bad.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:父亲节快乐!2018-06-18
For this Fathers Day, we explore some expressions made just for dads.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:词汇也分美丑2018-06-11
Let's face it some English words are more beautiful than others. On this show, learn one of the beautiful ones!
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:关于Arms的英语短语2018-06-04
Now its time for Words and Their Stories from VOA Learning English. On this program we explore expressions used in American English. People who ...
VOA慢速英语[翻译]:词汇典故:把你的英语学习放在“聚光灯下”2018-05-30
Now, the VOA Learning English program Words and Their Stories. On this show, we talk about expressions that Americans use in every day speech. Today we shine the spotlight on terms that demand our attention.
VOA慢速英语:词汇典故:关于开玩笑的英语词汇2018-05-21
Today, we will talk about two parts of your head: the tongue and cheek. When you put them together, you get something funny!
VOA慢速英语:词汇典故:关于孩子的英语词汇2018-05-14
Now, it’s time for Words and Their Stories, a program from VOA Learning English. On this program we explore common expressions in American English. Every year in the United States, we celebrate Moth
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:学会使用“全场紧逼”2018-05-07
If you play to win, you had better have a game plan. A game plan is just like it sounds – a plan to win the game. But we use this expression for just about anything!
VOA慢速英语:词汇典故:关于地球的英语词汇2018-04-30
The world celebrates Earth Day every year on April 22. It is a day to think seriously about how our lifestyles and daily habits affect the earth. Well, today we celebrate our shared Mother Earth with a show about earth expressions. To which, you might say
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:准备好让你的“头脑风暴”吧!2018-04-23
Now, the VOA Learning English program Words and Their Stories. On this program we explore common expressions that we use in everyday life.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:关于shin的英语短语2018-04-16
Today we explore the human body. Specifically, we take a tour of our largest organ: the skin. Skin is not only large; it is important. One of its jobs is to protect us. It keeps bad things out. But sometimes it fails. Extremely small bugs, called mites, c
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:Farmers、Farming与Farms2018-04-09
Each week, we look at common words and expressions in the English language. Sometimes we explore their roots. How did they find their way into English? Sometimes we simply explain how we use the words in our everyday lives.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:4月1日愚人节2018-04-03
It is April Fool’s Day so someone might play a practical joke on you -- a harmless trick for fun.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:蜜蜂与鸟类2018-03-31
Spring is a season for growth and rebirth. Many insects, plants and animals are awakening. Bees and birds are especially active.
VOA慢速英语:词汇典故:关于Storm的英语词汇2018-03-19
Now, Words and Their Stories from VOA Learning English. Every week, we explore common expressions in American English. Thunder storms. Rain storms. Snow storms. Electrical storms!
VOA慢速英语:词汇典故:关于睡觉的英语词汇2018-03-13
Sleep. It’s important to our mental and physical health. From a quick cat nap to long, deep beauty sleep, we have many expressions to describe sleep. Of course, cats sleep for many hours during the day. That’s why we call a short period of sleep – prefera
VOA慢速英语:词汇典故:关于脚趾的英语词汇2018-03-09
Now, it's time for the VOA Learning English program Words and Their Stories. Each week, we explore the meaning of expressions in American English. We often take terms and examine them from head to toe -- looking at each and every detail -- making sure no
VOA慢速英语:你知道风是怎么吹的吗?2018-03-02
Wind is a powerful force in nature. Wind energy is partly responsible for great waves in the worlds oceans. Winds can help create powerful storms, such as tornadoes and hurricanes. Wind can also power many expressions in American English.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:老鼠2018-03-02
Today we will be talking about a hated but misunderstood animal – the rat. The sight of a rat might frighten you. Or it might make you sick to your stomach. Well, perhaps not everyone.
VOA慢速英语:词汇典故:关于柠檬的英语词汇2018-03-02
Now, the VOA Learning English program Words and Their Stories. There are several kinds of citrus fruit. The most common are limes, oranges, grapefruit, tang...
VOA慢速英语:词汇典故:拉着你的“心弦”2018-03-02
Americans celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14. It is a day for love and hearts can be seen everywhere! So, naturally, I had my heart set on producing a completely new program about heart expressions. I really wanted to do it!
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:新年快乐!2018-01-01
Hello and welcome to the VOA Learning English program Words and Their Stories. Everyone around the world celebrates the New Year differently and at differ...
VOA慢速英语:词汇典故:不要对礼物吹毛求疵2017-12-25
Now, the VOA Learning English program Words and Their Stories. On this show, we explore the origins and usage of common expressions in American English. Sometimes we tie the show to an event or special time of the year. This show could be tied to any time
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