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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:瑞士公司上海首发粉嫩“红宝石”巧克力2017-09-08
Scientists Develop New Pink-Colored Ruby Chocolate This is Whats Trending Today— About 80 years ago, food scientists introduced the world to white chocolate...
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:肯尼亚将于下个月举行新的总统选举2017-09-08
Kenya’s electoral commission announces date for new elections after the Kenyan Supreme Court dismissed the results of last month’s vote.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:网状网络使美国人在自然灾害中保持联系2017-09-07
The networks spread connectivity over many nodes, or connection points, that communicate with each other.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:网球名将小威诞下女婴 乔治王子将迎来第三个孩子2017-09-07
Tennis star Serena Williams had a baby girl last Friday; On Monday, Britain’s royal family announced that Prince William’s wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, is pregnant with their third child.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:泰国为嫁给外国人的女性提供免费课程2017-09-06
Thailands government is offering a free class to Thai women who marry foreigners. The class covers, legal rights, how to seek help through the relevant Thai authorities, as well as exploring issues of culture shock, said Dusadee Ayuwat, a professor who he
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:美国大使:朝鲜正在乞求战争2017-09-06
On Sunday, North Korea says it held its latest nuclear test, which was 10 times larger than the previous one. Now the United States ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says the country is begging for war with the U.S.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:人们为什么要自拍?2017-09-05
Why do people take selfies? Researchers at Syracuse University in New York tried to answer that question. They came up with some surprising answers.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:泰国为嫁给外国人的女性提供免费课程2017-09-05
Thailands government is offering a free class to Thai women who marry foreigners. The class covers, legal rights, how to seek help through the relevant Thai authorities, as well as exploring issues of culture shock, said Dusadee Ayuwat, a professor who he
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:学校面临着保护言论自由的压力2017-09-04
Some colleges are promising that speakers with different, even controversial opinions, will be allowed to speak during the current school year.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:民权领袖帕克斯或重返美国2017-09-04
The Detroit home of the late civil rights activist Rosa Parks was moved to Berlin, Germany. Now, the man who helped bring the Parks home to Germany says it should be returned to the United States.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:俄罗斯强烈抗议美国勒令其关闭驻旧金山领馆2017-09-03
The U.S. ordered Russia to close its consulate in San Francisco and trade offices in New York City and Washington, D.C. this week. Russia says it will answer the order, but will not likely take steps that would increase tensions between the two countries.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:美国及其盟国向朝鲜秀肌肉2017-09-02
American, Japanese and South Korean military pilots flew a 10-hour show of force mission over the Korean Peninsula.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:Facebook在巴西开设培训中心2017-09-02
The company’s first training center in Latin America will help young people considering a possible career in technology.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:联合国官员批评特朗普对新闻媒体的攻击2017-09-01
The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights is warning President Donald Trump’s criticisms of the news media could incite violence against reporters.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:塔吉克斯坦九月一号开学日撞车穆斯林宰牲节2017-09-01
Officials in Tajikistan, a mostly Muslim country, have decided to begin the new school year this Friday, September 1. However, a major Islamic religious observance, Eid al-Adha, also falls on Friday.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:休斯敦餐厅派救援船救助洪水灾民2017-09-01
A Houston restaurant sent a boat to help rescue two older adults from their flooded home this week.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:特朗普回应朝鲜试射导弹:所有选项已摆在桌面上2017-08-31
President Donald Trump says all options are on the table in connection with North Korea’s launch of a missile over Japan. Trump released a short written statement Tuesday. It said the launch signaled North Korea’s contempt for its neighbors, for all membe
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:安哥拉新总统如何处理经济问题?2017-08-31
Joao Lourenco won Angola’s presidential election. But the country’s economy has not done enough for the millions of poor people there. Critics say poverty remains in the oil-producing country not because of low oil prices but because of bad governance.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:玛丽亚·莎拉波娃重返网球大满贯赛事2017-08-31
Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova returned to a Grand Slam tennis event on Monday night at the U.S. Open in New York.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:中印双方同意结束边境冲突2017-08-30
Following months of tension between China and India, the two sides have agreed to end a border dispute in the Himalayas.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:休斯顿水灾不断恶化2017-08-30
On Friday, Harvey, the strongest storm to strike Texas in 50 years, came ashore near Corpus Christi, about 354 km south of Houston. Schools, airports and office buildings in the fourth largest city in the United States were closed as high waters filled so
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:沙漠成绿洲2017-08-30
A 60-day festival, in Omans Dhofar region, draws about 50,000 people every night for dance competitions, musical performances, and exorcisms. Last year, some 650,000 people visited the regions beautiful mountains and valleys.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:研究人员利用脑细胞延缓老鼠衰老2017-08-29
People have been wondering for ages-- is there a way to turn back the aging process in people? Researchers in New York say they have slowed aging in mice. Will this process also work on humans?
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:久书本的新用途2017-08-29
Some people are using old books to create works of art, including sculptures. They can change the shape of a hardcover book so it becomes three-dimensional, for example. The resulting sculpture has not only a length and width, but depth.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:美国女童子军指责美国童子军秘密招募女孩2017-08-27
The Boy Scouts have started to experiment with adding girls to their organization. However the Girl Scouts feel this is stealing potential members.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:运动员罗伯特·李因其名字被迫离开赛场2017-08-26
ESPN comes under criticism for not sending a broadcaster to cover a football game in Charlottesville, Virginia because his name is Robert Lee.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:奥巴马大女儿即将入读哈佛大学一年级2017-08-26
This is What’s Trending Today… While many people were busy looking at the solar eclipse on Monday, something else happened at Harvard University in the state of Massachusetts. Malia Obama, the eldest daughter of former U.S. president Barack Obama, moved i
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:美国女童子军指责美国童子军秘密招募女孩2017-08-26
The Boy Scouts have started to experiment with adding girls to their organization. However the Girl Scouts feel this is stealing potential members.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:美国第七舰队司令因撞船事件遭解职2017-08-25
The U.S. Navy has dismissed Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin, the commander of the 7th Fleet,which is based in Japan. There have been four Navy accidents in the Pacific since late January, including two collisions that left sailors dead and missing.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:美国民众对宪章学校支持度下降2017-08-25
Americans support for charter schools has dropped significantly in the past year, says a new survey. Fewer Americans oppose other types of school choice programs, such as vouchers. The results of the survey have not discouraged charter school proponents.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:运动员罗伯特·李因其名字被迫离开赛场2017-08-25
ESPN comes under criticism for not sending a broadcaster to cover a football game in Charlottesville, Virginia because his name is Robert Lee.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:罗克韦尔画作以160万美元售出2017-08-24
A Texas family recently found out it owned an original Norman Rockwell masterpiece long thought to be a copy. After putting the work up for sale, the painting sold for more than five times the amount predicted.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:安哥拉举行历史性公投2017-08-24
Many Angolans are preparing to vote for the first time. Almost all of those who have marked ballots in the past have never seen one without Santos’ name on it. Opposition leaders are hopeful, but polls predict an MPLA win.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:委内瑞拉棒球队击败多米尼加共和国2017-08-24
Even though their country is suffering from a severe economic recession, they were able to come to the United States with the help of some major league baseball players from Venezuela.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:美国导弹驱逐舰与商船在新加坡海域相撞2017-08-23
For the second time in two months, a U.S. Navy war ship crashed into another large boat in Asia. This time, the U.S. ship ran into one carrying oil near Singapore. Ten U.S. sailors are missing.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:美韩军演缩水2017-08-23
The United States and South Korea have begun 10 days of joint military exercises on Monday. But the exercises will have fewer troops, vehicles and other equipment than last year.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:美国著名喜剧演员杰瑞刘易斯去世 享年84岁2017-08-23
Comedians Jerry Lewis and Dick Gregory died over the weekend. Both were known for their work off the stage and screen.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:研究:2016年乃有记录以来最热的一年2017-08-22
Last year, planet Earth was hotter than ever before. A report by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says long-term global warming and an unusually strong El Nino weather pattern combined to make it a record hot year.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:无线电信号供能手机将面世2017-08-22
Researchers have built a battery-free cellphone they say can be powered from radio signals or light. A team from the University of Washington believes the new technology can someday be used in cellphones across the world.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:美国食品和药物管理局欲令民众更易戒烟2017-08-22
A U.S. government agency is looking at one plan to help people to stop smoking. The idea is to reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:西班牙巴塞罗那发生恐怖袭击 至少14人死亡2017-08-20
Terrorists used vehicles to carry out attacks this week in Spain. At least 14 people were killed and more than 100 others injured in two attacks.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:日蚀与邦尼泰勒的《Total Eclipse of the Heart》2017-08-20
Bonnie Tyler will perform one of her most famous songs Monday on a passenger cruise ship in the Caribbean.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:韩国称美国军事打击朝鲜需韩国批准2017-08-19
President Moon Jae-in said his country and the U.S. are in close communication over North Korea. The North postponed a threatened missile launch this week easing tensions on the Korean Peninsula after a week of threats about military readiness on both sid
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:联合国:乌干达有100多万南苏丹难民2017-08-19
Uganda is home to one million refugees from South Sudan. Aid agencies say the number reached this week is a call to action for the international community to not only increase donations, but also re-start efforts to end the conflict.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:奥巴马反种族歧视声明推文点赞量破Twitter记录2017-08-18
Former U.S. President Barack Obama’s tweet on Saturday broke Twitter’s record for most-liked tweets.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:科学家发现失踪三年半的MH370残骸2017-08-18
Scientists in Australia say they have identified a new, smaller search area for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which went missing in 2014 with 239 people onboard.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:特朗普再次指责白人至上主义者和其他抗议者2017-08-17
The latest remarks seemed to undo a statement Monday in which Trump condemned the actions of white supremacists and other hate groups. Trump’s prepared statement Monday came after he was heavily criticized for saying earlier that the Charlottesville viole
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:夏洛茨维尔抗议的人群是谁?2017-08-17
Signs for the recent protest in Charlottesville, Virginia promised to Unite the Right. That expression was directed at white nationalist groups that oppose the removal of a statue from a public park in the city.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:价值1亿6千万美元的油画重返博物馆2017-08-17
A painting stolen from the University of Arizona in 1985 was discovered after it was purchased at an estate sale.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:闲聊让我们更快乐2017-08-16
Many people find these small conversations about random topics difficult. Some people say they hate it. Others say small talk is a waste of time. They may even call it idle chitchat or idle chatter, meaning it doesn’t do anything. However, small talk is i

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