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。

Science in the News(科学新闻) 这一专题材主要对新近的科学技术新闻进行综述或摘要广播。向听众介绍世界各国在自然、医学、疾病、原子能、航天等方面的科研动态、成果、突破性进展及存在的困难。涉及当今世界人们普遍关心的重大问题,如核事故、航天飞机爆炸、自然灾害、环境污染和爱滋病等等。每逢星期二播出,每次播一到五条新闻摘要。

voa慢速英语:Ten-Year Study of The World’s Oceans Makes Thousands of Discoveries2017-04-19
The Antarctic ice fish has no red blood pigments and no red blood cells. This is an adaptation to cold temperatures.
该音频有LRC字幕 voa慢速英语:拓宽万维网使用范围2017-04-19
The world has almost seven billion people. At least two billion are expected to be on the Internet by January. New growth is mostly from developing countries. Yet only twenty-one percent of their population is online.
voa慢速英语:Scientists Search for New Clues About...2017-04-19
Parkinson's is a disease of the central nervous system. It is a progressive disorder, meaning it gets worse over time. The disease affects a small area of cells in the middle of the brain. This area is called the substantia nigra. The cells slowly lose t
该音频有LRC字幕 voa慢速英语:废旧芯片创造可观价值2017-04-19
Each year, Americans throw away millions of tons of electronic devices. That means business is good for a small electronics recycler in Chantilly, Virginia.
voa慢速英语:Epilepsy -- A Seizure Disorder Suffered By...2017-04-19
This week, we will examine the brain disorder known as epilepsy. Many people do not understand epilepsy. Medical experts are working to understand the disorder and improve the lives of those who suffer from it.
该音频有LRC字幕 voa慢速英语讲解附字幕:2010年末互联网用户将达20亿2017-04-19
Before we changed the name, we went on our Facebook page and asked for story ideas. Some of you suggested that we talk about ICT, information and communication technology.
voa慢速英语讲解:经济环境提高压力水平2017-04-19
Today, we will tell about stress and its effects on human health. Stress is a condition resulting from mental or emotional tension. It is how your body reacts to physical, chemical and other influences.
voa慢速英语:In Study,B Vitamins Lessen Brain...2017-04-19
Today, we will tell about possible good news for people seeking to prevent Alzheimer's disease. We will also tell about two ancient creatures that scientists believe were close relatives of a famous dinosaur.
voa慢速英语:Athletes Warned About Dangers of Head Injuries2017-04-19
Their comments come after tests showed that a football player suffered serious brain damage from repeated blows to the head. Chris Henry played five years with the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League. He died last December when he either fe
VOA慢速英语:Everglades National Park One of the...2017-04-19
Everglades National Park is the largest subtropical wilderness in the country. The park is home to several rare and endangered species. It is also the third largest national park in the lower forty-eight states, after Death Valley and Yellowstone. Each ye
voa慢速英语:Osteoporosis Increases Danger of Broken Bones2017-04-19
A new study shows that binge drinking by teenagers may increase the possibility of osteoporosis in later life. Researchers in the United States say drinking a lot of alcohol over a short period may influence genes involved in bone formation.
voa慢速英语:Severe Ocean Storms:The Science...2017-04-19
Many Americans are observing the fifth anniversary of one of the nation's worst natural disasters. Hurricane Katrina reached the state of Louisiana on the morning of August twenty-ninth, two thousand five. It was the costliest hurricane in American histo
voa慢速英语:Learning First Aid:What to Do Until Medical...2017-04-19
Doctors in hospital emergency rooms often see accidental poisonings. A frightened parent arrives with a child who swallowed a cleaning liquid. Or perhaps the harmful substance is a medicine. Or it might be a product meant to kill insects. These are common
voa慢速英语:Human Activities Threaten Coral Reefs2017-04-19
Corals are groups of small organisms called polyps. Millions of polyps grow together to form coral reefs. America's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, says the coral reefs that exist today are up to fifty million years old. The ancest
voa慢速英语在线听附文本:鲨鱼运用自己的嗅觉来觅食2017-04-19
鲨鱼在觅食时使用一种与人类逛超市时相似的搜寻方式。英国科研人员发现鲨鱼在广阔的海洋中寻找猎物时,都要做一种特别的随机运动,被称为“莱维行走”。鲨鱼使用一系列小动作伴随着较大的跳跃达到新的觅食处。这让它们搜索更大的范围,增加了捕猎的可能性。就如人类去超市购买鸡蛋时会冲着一个地方去寻找,找不到就去另一个地方。
voa慢速英语:In Hot Weather,Know the Warning Signs of...2017-04-19
Extremely hot weather is common in many parts of the world. Although hot weather just makes most people feel hot, it can cause serious medical problems, even death.
voa慢速英语讲解:辛西娅使基因工程进入新时代2017-04-19
Ten years have passed since the announcement of the first version of the human genome. In two thousand, then-President Bill Clinton told the world that international and private groups had identified the genetic structure of a human being. The president p
voa慢速英语:So You Want to Be a Doctor? Here Is What...2017-04-19
It is not easy to become a doctor in the United States. The first step is getting into a medical college. More than one hundred twenty American schools offer study programs for people wanting to be doctors.
voa慢速英语讲解:警惕皮肤癌的:?/a>2017-04-19
Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer. It is also the most deadly. America's National Cancer Institute reports that more than one million people in the United States developed skin cancer last year. Skin cancer is one of the easiest cance
voa慢速英语:Airport Security Idea Takes Flight in Study of...2017-04-19
Scientists say technology used to search people in airports could help doctors understand how some diseases developed.
voa慢速英语:Media Technology:Adobe and Apple Reach...2017-04-19
This week, we will tell about two very different subjects. First, we will describe some recent developments in media technology. Later, we will tell why animals once thought to have disappeared have been returning to the wild.
voa慢速英语:Media Technology: Adobe and Apple Reach a Flash Point2017-04-19
Mobile communications devices could be the testing ground for the next generation of media technology for the World Wide Web. If you ever looked at pictures or video on the Web, you already know Adobe Flash Player. It is a program for playing videos and m
voa慢速英语:Autoimmune Diseases:When the Body Starts...2017-04-19
The immune system normally protects the body against foreign materials, such as viruses and bacteria. Autoimmune diseases result from a failure of the body's own defenses against disease. The immune system loses its ability to tell the difference between
VOA慢速英语:Scientists Look at Plant Products With an Eye to New...2017-04-19
People have been using herbs and spices for thousands of years. Generally, herbs come from the green leaves of plants or vegetables. Spices come from other parts of plants and trees. For example, cinnamon comes from the hard outer cover of cinnamon plants
voa慢速英语讲解:联合国报告谴责政府未及时制止动植物灭绝2017-04-19
Scientists say keeping a count of all the different kinds of plants and animals on Earth is one way to measure the health of our planet. Scientists use the word biodiversity to describe the existence of many kinds of plants, animals and other organisms. O
voa慢速英语:为工作献出一切的六位研究人员2017-04-19
At the start of the twentieth century, the United States Army had a Yellow Fever Commission. The Army wanted medical experts to study yellow fever and find a way to stop the disease. One team went to Cuba to test the idea that mosquitoes spread yellow fev
voa慢速英语:美国飓风季节开始2017-04-19
Tornado season has begun in the United States. More than sixty tornadoes were reported in the country's southeast during the last weekend in April. One tornado measuring more than a kilometer wide struck the state of Mississippi. It destroyed homes, bloc
voa慢速英语:How Pain Treatment Has Improved in Recent Years2017-04-19
Doctors speak of three kinds of pain: acute, chronic and breakthrough. Acute and chronic pain can be mild or severe. Acute pain happens fast and usually lasts a short time. It generally reacts to treatment. But chronic pain can last a long time. Chronic p
voa慢速英语:Scientists Predict a Bad Year for the...2017-04-19
illions of monarch butterflies escape cold weather in North America by flying to the mountains of Mexico every winter. Many people come to see the butterflies in the forests of Mexico's Michoacan State. The beautiful orange and black insects return to th
voa慢速英语:How Freud Changed What People Thought...2017-04-19
Sigmund Freud was born May sixth, eighteen fifty-six, in Moravia, in what is now the Czech Republic. He lived most of his life in Vienna, Austria. Early in his adulthood, Freud studied medicine. By the end of the nineteenth century, he was developing some
voa慢速英语:An Odyssey of Orchids at the United States...2017-04-19
Many people think of orchids as beautiful, sweet smelling, costly flowers that grow in hot tropical forests. But that is not the whole story of orchids. Some of the plants are found above the Arctic Circle. Some have an unpleasant smell. Not every species
voa慢速英语:Have a headache?You are not alone2017-04-19
Have you had a headache recently? If your answer is yes, you are like many millions of people worldwide who experience pain in the head. The pain can be temporary, mild and cured by a simple painkiller like aspirin. Or, it can be severe.
voa慢速英语:对病人进行基因组测序2017-04-19
Genetics, the study of genes, is gaining increasing importance. Genes can influence many things, from whom we look like to what we eat to possible treatments for diseases.
voa慢速英语:Colorful Dinosaur Discovered in China2017-04-19
Many scientists have long thought that dinosaurs were brown or gray in color. But scientists examining the remains of a dinosaur say they have found evidence it had brightl -colored feathers. The findings were published in Science magazine.
voa慢速英语讲解:吸烟-可预防的导致死亡的首要原因2017-04-19
Barack Obama completed his first routine physical examination as President of the United States last week. Doctors reported that Mister Obama is in excellent health. They say all evidence suggests that he will remain so during his presidency.
voa慢速英语讲解:白色屋顶减少城市热量2017-04-19
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, skyline with the city's white-roofed convention center in the foreground.
voa慢速英语:Getting to the Heart of How Omega-3 Fatty Acids Work2017-04-19
A small reduction in salt in your diet can be a big help to your heart. A new study used a computer model to predict how just three grams less a day would affect heart disease in the United States.
[VOA科学报道]Science of Safety: How Seat Belts, Kevlar Arrived2017-04-19
Most cars have seat belts as part of their equipment. Seat belts protect drivers and passengers in case of accident. They also reduce the effect of a crash on the body. Safety experts estimate that the restraining devices save more than four thousand live
voa慢速英语讲解:安全带是怎样发明的2017-04-19
Most cars have seat belts as part of their equipment. Seat belts protect drivers and passengers in case of accident. They also reduce the effect of a crash on the body. Safety experts estimate that the restraining devices save more than four thousand live
[VOA科学报道]How to Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning2017-04-19
Several years ago, a family was enjoying a holiday in the American state of California, near the Pacific Ocean. The family included five children and their parents. The oldest child was twelve years old. The youngest was three.
voa慢速英语讲解:怎样避免一氧化碳中毒2017-04-19
Several years ago, a family was enjoying a holiday in the American state of California, near the Pacific Ocean. The family included five children and their parents. The oldest child was twelve years old. The youngest was three.
voa慢速英语讲解:聚焦消费电子展最新产品2017-04-19
This year, the show took place between January seventh and tenth in Las Vegas, Nevada. A record three hundred thirty businesses attended for the first time. These can be manufacturers or suppliers who sell products from other companies. In all, there were
voa慢速英语:Revisiting the Accord From Copenhagen2017-04-19
Controlling rising temperatures was the subject of an international conference last month in Copenhagen, Denmark. The United Nations called the conference to replace a nineteen ninety-seven agreement, the Kyoto Protocol. The protocol contains measures des
voa慢速英语:How Earth Is Cracked Like a Giant Eggshell2017-04-19
Scientists now know, however, that the surface of the Earth is not as permanent as had been thought. Scientists explain that the surface of our planet is always in motion. Continents move about the Earth like huge ships at sea. They float on pieces of the
voa慢速英语:There Is a Lot More to Snow Than Just Six Sides2017-04-19
Winter weather has returned to northern areas of the world. In much of the United States, winter means the return of snow. Snow is a subject of great interest to weather experts. Experts sometimes have difficulty estimating where, when or how much snow wi
voa慢速英语讲解:时间,宇宙最大的奥秘之一2017-04-19
If you can read a clock, you can know the time of day. But no one knows what time itself is. We cannot see it. We cannot touch it. We cannot hear it. We know it only by the way we mark its passing.
voa慢速英语:In Egypt,King Tut's Tomb Getting a Makeover2017-04-19
Experts from the United States are working to return the final resting place of King Tutankhamen to its full beauty. The Getty Conservation Institute is cooperating with Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities on the project.
voa慢速英语讲解:九位科学家怎样获得诺贝尔奖2017-04-19
The Nobel Prizes for Chemistry, Physics and Physiology or Medicine are to be presented in Sweden this week. The winners were chosen by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. They will receive their prizes at ceremonies in Stockholm on December tenth. The
voa慢速英语讲解:150年后物种起源受到的褒扬和争议2017-04-19
Evolution can be defined as change in groups of living things over time. Small changes take place in each generation of organisms. Those with useful changes survive to reproduce. Changes that do not aid survival disappear. This is the idea of natural sele
voa慢速英语讲解:从照片透视你的性格2017-04-19
The H1N1 influenza virus continues to spread. Currently, the virus is most active in the northern half of the world. But experts say it has become the leading flu virus in all countries.

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