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。

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US Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green recently visited Kutupalong, a Rohingya refugee camp. The American people, he tweeted, are deeply moved by what the Rohingya have faced.
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According to the latest State Department human rights report, Cuban government officials, at the direction of their superiors, commit most of the human rights abuses and impunity for the perpetrators remains widespread.
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The U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control, or OFAC, has designated Venezuelan national Diosdado Cabello Rondón,pursuant to Executive Order 13692, for being a current or former official of the government of Venezuela.
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In a speech at the Heritage Foundation, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo explained that the Iran nuclear deal had failed in its core purpose: keeping the American people safe from the risk created by the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
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Oil-rich Venezuela has for decades been one of Latin America's most affluent countries. In those days, when Venezuela experienced manpower shortages, thousands of people would cross the border from neighboring Colombia to find work. These days, the shoe
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In Yemen's capital of Sana'a, the Baha'i community is being persecuted by the Houthis. The Houthis seized control of Sana'a in 2014. The United States, declared State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert in a written statement, is deeply concerned b
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The U.S. Mission to Nigeria will send 60 young Nigerians to participate in the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship, or MFW, program for six weeks from June 20 to August 2.
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This month, Israel celebrated its 70 anniversary of independence.
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The latest class of Lao public health workers supported by the United States Government graduated from the Field Epidemiology Training Program in Vientiane on April 30.
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Americans rejoiced at the release last week of three U.S. citizens imprisoned in North Korea.
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Speaking at the Organization of American States, Vice President Mike Pence quoted the Charter of the OAS: “Representative democracy is an indispensable condition for stability, peace and development.” Free nations throughout the hemisphere, he stated, can
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:美国将驻以色列大使馆迁往耶路撒冷2018-05-17
In taking this action, said Mr. Kushner, the United States has chosen to strengthen the bond between the U.S. and Israel. This bond is forged through shared history, sustained through shared interests, and immortalized through shared principles.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:美国与塞拉利昂就安全和经济展开合作2018-05-16
U.S. Ambassador Alexander Laskaris, the Deputy Commander for Civil-Military Engagement at United States Africa Command, or AFRICOM, held high-level meetings in Freetown, Sierra Leone, earlier this month as part of a series of engagements across West Afric
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:伊朗对以色列的袭击遭到谴责2018-05-16
The White House has condemned the Iranian regime's attack on Israel from military bases in Syria, and, in a statement from Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, also expressed strong support for Israel's right to act in self-defense.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:美国与墨西哥将在四个重要领域展开合作2018-05-15
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his Mexican counterpart, Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray, met in Washington in early May to discuss bilateral and regional issues, including the modernization of the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement,
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The United States and ASEAN expressed their commitment to enhance cooperation at the 9th U.S.-ASEAN Joint Cooperation Committee, or JCC, Meeting held recently in Jakarta.
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec urged security forces to safeguard the rights of citizens and protect life by showing maximum restraint in interactions with the public.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:朝鲜侵犯人权的行为仍历历在目2018-05-14
Preparations for a landmark meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korea's dictator Kim Jong-Un to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula are ongoing.
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The United States is withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal and has begun reinstating U.S. nuclear sanctions on the Iranian regime. In announcing his decision, President Donald Trump said, At the heart of the Iran deal was a giant fiction, that a murderou
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The United States, the Global Coalition, and local partners, including the Syrian Democratic Forces, are launching operations to liberate the final ISIS strongholds in Syria.
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President Donald Trump has said that other than the vast military power of the United States ...Iran's people are what their leaders fear the most:
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On his recent trip to the Middles East, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made clear that Saudi Arabia's security is a priority for the United States.
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On his recent visit to NATO headquarters in Belgium, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stressed the United States is eager to continue to lead the alliance.
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Twenty-nine people were killed and dozens more were injured in two bombings in Afghanistan's capital Kabul, April 30th.
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At the recent release of the State Department's annual report on human rights practices, John Sullivan, who was serving as U.S. Acting Secretary of State, pointed to Iran as one of the countries with an egregious record:
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The continuing state of emergency in Turkey, imposed after the July 2016 coup attempt, has led to the severe curtailment of many fundamental freedoms, according to the latest State Department Human Rights Report.
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Human rights abuses in Russia continued to be a serious problem in 2017, according to the State Department's Human Rights Report issued in late April. The Russian Government continues to quash dissent and civil society, even while it invades its neighbor
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Peaceful demonstrations in Nicaragua turned violent, when police and pro-government groups cracked down on protesters, reportedly leaving at least 26 dead. Protesters were initially exercising their right of freedom of assembly to protest President Daniel
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In his address to the United Nations General Assembly in September, President Donald Trump said that the Cuban government is delivering only anguish and failure to its people.
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North Korea is one of the most repressive and abusive regimes in the world, declared John Sullivan, who at the time served as Acting Secretary of State at the release of the State Department's annual Human Rights report.
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Intellectual property is a term that refers to unique creations of the human mind that are subsequently recognized and protected by law, such as inventions, literary and artistic works, as well as symbols, names, images and designs used in commerce.
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President Donald Trump met recently with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago, referred to as the Southern White House. It was the third meeting between the two leaders who have forged a strong friendship and are determined to nurture the robu
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The humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the worst in the world. Thirteen million people in the DRC are in need of humanitarian assistance; at least 4.5 million have been displaced; more than 7 million face severe food insecur
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On April 25th we observe World Malaria Day. It is an occasion to recognize the global effort to effectively control, and eventually eliminate, this devastating disease. This year's theme is Ready to Beat Malaria.
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In his speech to the Summit of the Americas, Vice President Mike Pence warned, The greatest corruption of government is when the people lose their voice, their vote, their freedom, and their basic human rights under the heavy hand of dictatorship.
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The Panamanian government has taken strong action in support of democracy and human rights for Venezuelans. The United States applauds the government of Panama and President Juan Carlos Varela's courageous actions exposing and blocking Venezuelan money l
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The United States is the single largest donor of international humanitarian assistance. In 2017 alone, we delivered more than 8 billion dollars in life-saving aid around the world.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:美国制裁中国中兴公司2018-04-23
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security has imposed a denial of export privileges against Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation, of Shenzhen, China, and ZTE Kangxun T
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On April 22nd, more than 190 countries, including the United States, will celebrate Earth Day. It is a day to reflect on the impact humans have on the earth, and to demonstrate and reaffirm our support for environmental protection.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA常速英语附字幕:美国副总统迈克·彭斯出席美洲峰会2018-04-22
At the first Summit of the Americas, member states issued a Declaration of Principles, in which this body agreed to work together to advance the prosperity and democratic values, as well as institutions and security in the hemisphere.
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70 years ago this month, the United States implemented the European Recovery Program, better known as the Marshall Plan, in an effort to stabilize war-shattered Europe, and help it restore its industrial and agricultural production.
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United Nations peacekeeping missions are far more complicated today than when the peacekeepers' job consisted primarily of keeping the warring parties apart.
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