美國之音(以下稱VOA)的英語節目,按播音速度可分為兩種:Standard English (標準英語)和 Special English(特別英語)。

Special English 又叫“慢速英語”,是VOA 專為全世界非英語國家初學英語的聽眾安排的一種簡易、規范的英語廣播節目。該節目創始于50年代末期,是VOA 的專家們研究如何與世界各地的英語學習者進行交際的產物。它正式開播于1959年10月。當時只面向歐洲和中東,但由于這個節目適合許多國家英語學習者的需要,所以它的廣播對象不久就擴大到世界其他地區,并很快在全世界范圍內產生了廣泛的影響。現在這個節目對歐洲、非洲和拉丁美洲每晚廣播一次,對加勒比地區每晚廣播一次(星期天除外),對東南亞廣播次數最多,每天上午兩次,晚上三次。

30多年來,VOA 為了辦好Special English節目,進行了大量的調查研究工作,對播音速度、內容及用詞范圍都作了具體規定,基本上達到了既能為英語學習者提供信息,又不損害英語本身風格的目的,使之成為VOA 獨具特色,擁有最大量聽眾的節目。

美國著名詞匯學家S. B. Flexmer 指明了Special English的三條標準,也就是它所“特別”的地方:



3、它以每分鐘90個單詞的速度,即2/3的Standard English(標準英語)速度進行廣播。

Special English的節目可分為兩大類:一類是新聞節目;一類是專題節目。

What is Healthy Sleep? 6 Sleep tips to better sleep2019-01-14
  You know that sleep is vital to your physical and mental health.But,how can you tell whether you’re truly sleeping well?Especially if you work shifts,
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:健康但發育不良的兒童或是缺乏這種能力2019-01-10
Most healthy children between the ages of four and 10 grow about five centimeters a year. Parents often notice this growth by how quickly their children grow out of their clothes and shoes. However, when a child does not reach usual growth markers, it cou
Many hotels and vacation getaways are asking guests to limit their use of wireless devices. They want people to spend more time with family and be more mindful.
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:一周只上四天班更具工作效率2018-12-26
Companies that reduced work hours have found that their employees like their jobs more and are more productive at work.
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:肺病非傳統治療方式:唱歌2018-12-19
A doctor in Hungary is giving her patients a very different type of treatment to help them breathe more easily.
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:戶外運動有助保持環境清潔2018-12-12
A fitness trend is spreading across the United States and the world. Its called plogging -- a combination of jogging and picking up.
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:家:女人最危險的地方2018-12-05
The majority of women killed in 2017 were killed by a boyfriend, husband or family member. That is the finding of a study from the United Nations.
For the first time in 10 years, the United States government has changed its guidance on how much exercise people need to stay healthy and when they should start.
Collecting wild mushrooms is becoming more and more popular in many parts of the United States. But it can be dangerous, even deadly. Eating poisonous mushrooms could sicken or even kill you.
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:打孩子或造成長期的傷害2018-11-14
Is spanking, or hitting, a good way to get a child to act well? New research shows that it may do more harm than good.
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:母乳對微型早產兒最有益2018-11-07
Because they are born so soon, premature babies can have many developmental issues and health problems. Micro preemies can have even more. Their organs are not fully developed. And they are not able to breastfeed. So helping them to eat and gain weight is
When it comes to a career, is it better to do many things (a generalist) or to only do one thing (a specialist)? This report explores the benefits of both and also teaches some useful work-related expressions.
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:美國:去年冬天有8萬人死于流感2018-10-30
The 2017-2018 flu season hit the United States hard. Health experts say flu and flu-related illness likely killed more than 80,000 people.
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:印度創企發明肥皂筆培養兒童洗手好習慣2018-10-29
Two young women from India have invented a hand-washing product that could help to protect children from illness.
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:有沒辦法治療“臉盲癥”?2018-10-24
For some people, remembering a face can be difficult. You may have to meet them several times before they can recognize you.
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:新技術能為心臟病發作提供早期預警2018-10-10
Researchers have developed technology that they say could help predict heart attacks years before they happen.
In the U.S., the number of sexually transmitted diseases has risen. U.S. officials say the number of babies born with syphilis has doubled in four years.
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:古代人類骨骼揭示古代飲食和生活方式2018-10-08
Scientists learned recently that fish was the main source of protein for people in southern Scandinavia many thousands of years ago. They also ate other animals that live in the water.
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:世界上最新的最健康的飲食菜單2018-10-03
Health experts who rate diets now say that the New Nordic Diet may be healthier than the Mediterranean Diet. But New Nordic is more of lifestyle that stresses eating whole foods that are local and seasonal.
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:全球癌癥發病率上升2018-10-02
An international health organization finds that the number of cancer cases worldwide is increasing. But the disease should not be a death sentence anymore. Many things known to increase a person’s risk are preventable.
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:聯合國會議將討論埃博拉、艾滋和流感等病毒2018-09-26
Tuberculosis, also called TB, is the leading infectious disease killer worldwide. WHO officials report that 10 million people were sickened with TB last year. About 1.6 million died from the disease.
A new study by the World Health Organization finds that many people around the world are not getting enough physical activity to stay healthy.
Whether at home, on the way to school or at school -- eating something healthy for breakfast may help a student get better grades.
Breakfast is the first meal of the day. Some people love it! They look forward to breaking their nighttime fast with a big meal. Others may like to eat something small. For those who skip breakfast all together – this article might not be for you!
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:研究發現部分人每天服用阿司匹林弊大于利2018-09-05
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health & Lifestyle report. Many people take aspirin to help ease pain in the head or muscles. But there is another use for this pain-relieving medicine. Aspirin
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:突破血腦屏障治療腦腫瘤、老人癡呆癥等腦科疾病2018-09-01
Researchers have found a way around the blood-brain barrier. This barrier may protect the brain. But it also stops helpful drugs from reaching the brain.
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:新型血液檢測能發現早期皮膚癌2018-08-30
Researchers in Australia have developed the worlds first blood test for one type of skin cancer. The test could lead to higher rates of survival from melanoma.
We we don't drink enough water, our bodies don't work properly. But many people may not know that they are dehydrated. Read on to recognize signs of dehydration.
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:新研究解開人類大腦進化過程之謎2018-08-15
Early language theories claim the human brain has special areas for learning language that are unique to people. A new study challenges that idea.
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:研究表明蜱蟲引起的過敏數量呈上升趨勢2018-08-09
A new study has found that the number of meat allergies caused by tick bites may be increasing across the US.
Whether or not married people are healthier than non-married people depends on the quality of the marriage. Being in a bad marriage, a study finds, is just as bad as smoking.
The president of the European Commission appealed for cooperation between the European Union and the United States. Here is what Jean-Paul Juncker said to U.S. President Donald Trump during their talks in Washington, DC:
A new study finds that the most widely used anti-malarial drug may not be helping many children and pregnant women.
Heat waves are dangerous for the very old, the very young and the sick. However, heat waves may damage everyone’s thinking and remembering skills.
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:美國一城市禁止兒童餐牌出現含糖飲料2018-07-31
The city of Baltimore, Maryland has banned soda and other sugary drinks on childrens menus at restaurants to help prevent childhood obesity. But not everyone agrees.
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:日本收納女王瑪麗·近藤:讓生活更有條理2018-07-28
Kondo is building on her international fan base to expand her empire.
On average, Americans spend about 10 hours a day in front of a computer or other electronic device and less than 30 minutes a day outdoors. So, it is important to give the brain a rest. And being in nature, a professor claims, helps refresh a brain that i
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕[翻譯]:專家:小兒麻痹癥或再次在世界范圍內傳播2018-07-25
The wild polio virus exists only in three countries: Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria. But it’s still a global threat.
Indoors or outdoors, swimming gives the body an all-over workout.
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:科學家發現5300年前獵人冰尸2018-07-14
Shortly before his death, scientists said, the Iceman ate the fat and meat of a wild goat, meat from a red deer and whole wheat seeds.
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:超四成美國人認為青少年性行為可接受2018-07-14
In the United States, a growing number of Americans think sex between teenagers is morally acceptable. Of those questioned in a recent survey, 54 percent said they think teenage sex is morally wrong. But 42 percent said they think it is acceptable.
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:醫生用小兒麻痹癥病毒治療腦癌2018-07-14
Scientists in the United States are using a polio virus to fight cancer in the brain. And they are calling their results promising.
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:研究表明細菌或導致肥胖人群焦慮和抑郁2018-07-06
New research find that stomach bacteria in overweight mice can make other mice anxious
The WHO now classifies extreme video gaming a mental illness. They call it gaming disorder’ and doctors warn it can cause entire families to collapse. However, some experts say gaming is a symptom of other problems.
New research suggests that common viruses may play a part in the development of the brain-wasting disease Alzheimer’s,
At some point, we all need to use the roads to get to where we are going. However, in some places, commuting comes with risks. Each year, over one million people around the world die on roadways.
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:世衛組織欲五年內去除食物里的反式脂肪2018-06-26
There may be something in your food that you cannot see and cannot taste. But it could be killing you. It is an artificial oil commonly called trans fat.
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:專家:禁食對我們的大腦有好處2018-06-26
Today, we talk about fasting involving only food. Apart from spiritual or religious reasons, what effects does not eating have on human health?
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:實驗疫苗或有助阻止埃博拉病毒的傳播2018-06-26
Health workers say an experimental vaccine may help to stop the spread of Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
該音頻有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英語附字幕:一起吃飯的好處2018-06-26
For children, eating with their families is not only about preventing bad outcomes – it is also about developing good ones.
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