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。

63salon沙龙娱乐: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 63salon沙龙娱乐附字幕: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 63salon沙龙娱乐附字幕: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 63salon沙龙娱乐附字幕: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 63salon沙龙娱乐附字幕: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 63salon沙龙娱乐附字幕: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 63salon沙龙娱乐附字幕: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 ...
63salon沙龙娱乐[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.
63salon沙龙娱乐: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!
63salon沙龙娱乐: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 63salon沙龙娱乐附字幕[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!
63salon沙龙娱乐: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 63salon沙龙娱乐附字幕: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 63salon沙龙娱乐附字幕: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 63salon沙龙娱乐附字幕: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 63salon沙龙娱乐附字幕: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 63salon沙龙娱乐附字幕: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.
63salon沙龙娱乐: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!
63salon沙龙娱乐: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
63salon沙龙娱乐: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
63salon沙龙娱乐: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 63salon沙龙娱乐附字幕: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.
63salon沙龙娱乐: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...
63salon沙龙娱乐: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 63salon沙龙娱乐附字幕: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...
63salon沙龙娱乐: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
63salon沙龙娱乐:词汇典故:你是坐在驾驶座上,还是开车时睡着了?2017-12-19
Now, it's time for Words and Their Stories. On this program we explore common expressions in American English. Today, we talk about expressions that began behind the wheels of automobiles. Now they are common expressions that we use in everyday conversat
63salon沙龙娱乐:词汇典故:关于“road”的英语词汇2017-12-11
The United States is a big country with many, many roads. Many, if not most, of Americans depend on motor vehicles to get from place to place. It goes without saying that, when talking or writing, Americans often use expressions with words from the world
63salon沙龙娱乐:词汇典故:熊孩子2017-12-04
On today’s program we will talk about several very common expressions. Even though these expressions use simple language, English learners may find them difficult to understand. In fact, native English speaking children often have trouble, too.
该音频有LRC字幕 63salon沙龙娱乐附字幕:2017 Dictionary年度词汇:Complicit2017-11-30
Every year, language researchers and dictionary publishers choose a Word of the Year. The word often reflects the news or social media trends during the year.
该音频有LRC字幕 63salon沙龙娱乐附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:捆扎干草的细铁丝2017-11-27
Today, we are going on a make-believe trip to the countryside to learn about a word that comes from something used on a farm – haywire. Like it sounds, haywire is a strong, thin wire. Farm workers often use it to tie up hay grown in the fields. They roll
63salon沙龙娱乐:词汇典故:又到一年感恩节!2017-11-20
Now, it’s time for Words and Their Stories from VOA Learning English. In the United States, it is almost time for something else. In a few days, smells of roasting turkey, buttery mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie will fill homes from coast to coast.
该音频有LRC字幕 63salon沙龙娱乐附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:动物名称和动物肉类名称2017-11-13
Now, Words and Their Stories from VOA Learning English. On this program we often talk about the origins of words and expressions that we use in American English. We also talk about how we use them in everyday conversations.
63salon沙龙娱乐:词汇典故:关于秋天的英语短语2017-11-06
Now, it's time for Words and Their Stories from VOA Learning English. In many parts of the United States, temperatures are falling. This change of season, from summer to autumn, gives Americans many things to watch. Many people travel to areas of the U.S
63salon沙龙娱乐:万圣节!那是一个漆黑、狂风暴雨的夜晚2017-11-01
During the Halloween season, one popular activity is to visit a haunted house. As a child, some of my earliest and most frightening memories happened in a haunted house at Halloween. So, let me take you inside a real haunted house.
63salon沙龙娱乐:词汇典故:与万圣节相关的短语2017-10-30
Now, Words and Their Stories from VOA Learning English. In most parts of the United States, the month of October brings tasty foods such as pumpkin pie and apple cider. But it also brings scary creatures, such as witches and monsters!
63salon沙龙娱乐:词汇典故:与“smart”相关的短语2017-10-16
Now, it's time for Words and Their Stories from VOA Learning English. On this program we talk about words and expressions that we use in everyday conversation. Today, we will talk about the word smart. Like many words, smart has lots of different meaning
63salon沙龙娱乐:词汇典故:如何“获得线索”2017-10-09
Now, Words and Their Stories from VOA Learning English. On this program we talk about words and expressions that we use in everyday conversation. Today we are going to talk about mysteries. And, more importantly, how to solve them.
63salon沙龙娱乐:词汇典故:Boxed in a Corner!2017-10-02
Today we talk about a very common place – a corner. This word has many uses and we use it in many expressions. The most common definition of a corner is where two lines, edges, or sides of something meet. For example, squares have four corners. And unless
63salon沙龙娱乐:词汇典故:欣喜若狂2017-09-25
Today we will talk about expressions with the word heel. Now, heel has several meanings, many of which relate to the end or back of things. For example, we call the two ends of a loaf of bread the heels.
该音频有LRC字幕 63salon沙龙娱乐附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:Different Ways to Pass and Fail2017-09-19
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.
63salon沙龙娱乐:词汇典故:嘘!隔墙有耳!2017-09-04
Today, we are going to talk about something bad; in other words, something naughty. Have you ever listened to a private conversation? Maybe you were standing by a door or in a hallway and you heard people talking about someone else you know. And you could
63salon沙龙娱乐:词汇典故:与日食相关的短语2017-08-21
For todays word we turn our eyes toward the sky! There is one natural event that many people want to experience during their lifetime -- an eclipse!
63salon沙龙娱乐:词汇典故:与Crow相关的短语2017-08-14
Okay, nobody likes to be wrong. But when it turns out that we are, in fact, wrong, the best thing to do is ...
63salon沙龙娱乐:词汇典故:与Dirty Laundry相关的短语2017-08-07
Today we are going to talk about the fabric we wear on our bodies. In other words, our clothes, right? Well, yes and no. The word clothes is only part of a much larger story. American English has many more specific – and more colorful – terms related to t
该音频有LRC字幕 63salon沙龙娱乐附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:To Keep at Bay2017-07-31
Now, it's time for Words and Their Stories from VOA Learning English. On this program, we explore everyday expressions that we use in conversation. Americans often use the first saying we will talk about today. But many people likely do not know where it
63salon沙龙娱乐:Why Is 'Colonel' Pronounced 'Ker'nel?'2017-07-24
Today we focus more on history than usage. We are going to answer an age-old question that may have been keeping you awake at night. Well, perhaps not. But it’s still an interesting word story!
63salon沙龙娱乐:词汇典故:与Oyster相关的短语2017-07-17
Today, we go back into the ocean to explore expressions involving other sea creatures. Okay, first of all, the ocean is a big place. And a single drop of water in the ocean is nearly nothing. So, when we say something is like a drop in the ocean, we mean
63salon沙龙娱乐:词汇典故:肢体语言2017-07-10
We communicate most commonly, of course, with our words. But we also speak with our bodies. We call it body language.
63salon沙龙娱乐:词汇典故:犯错2017-07-04
Now, the VOA Learning English program Words and Their Stories. On this program we explore the origins of common expressions in American English and, more importantly, how to use them. We really want to do an excellent job teaching and entertaining our aud
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