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。

该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:关于商业交易的英语词汇2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program, Words and Their Stories. There are many special terms in the world of business. The following story is about a sweetheart deal which I made last week. I made the deal with a friend, and we both made a profit.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:命运已使我们走到一起?2017-04-18
Is it fate that brings us together today? No, not fate. It is simply time for Words and Their Stories. Or maybe it is fate. Maybe just this morning you said to someone, You know, I really wish VOA Learning English would do a show on the word fate.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:祖国2017-04-18
The word homeland is getting new attention in the United States. Soon after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, President George W. Bush appointed a director of the Office of Homeland Security in the White House.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:我梦想着有一个白色圣诞2017-04-18
This is Steve Ember with a VOA Special English holiday program. Music fills the air. Colorful lights shine brightly in windows. Children and adults open gifts from loved ones and friends. These are all Christmas traditions.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:关于圣诞老人的英语词汇2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories. Santa Claus is someone who will remain in the hearts of children forever. He is the make-believe person who brings toys and other gifts to children at Christmas.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:关于盐的英语短语2017-04-18
On today's Words and Their Stories we talk about a common word, a small word, but a word that is completely necessary for human life. In fact, without this simple, everyday material, all humans would die.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故万圣节版:魔鬼无处不在…2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Learning English program Words and Their Stories. Many expressions in American English come from the world of religion. Some common idioms are based on high, religious ideals. But today we look at the bad or evil side of religion.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:感恩节短语2017-04-18
And now another edition of Words and Their Stories, a VOA Learning English program about American expressions. Thanksgiving is one of the biggest American holidays. And Thanksgiving dinner is the center of the holiday.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:怎么了?2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Learning English program, Words and Their Stories. The English language has a number of hard-working words. People use these words in many different ways and in many different expressions.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:第22条军规2017-04-18
Now, Words and Their Stories, a VOA Learning English program about American expressions. I'm Anna Matteo with the expression, Catch-22.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:关于拳击的英语表达2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Learning English program Words and Their Stories. The world of boxing gave us famous competitors like Muhammad Ali. It also gave us many expressions that we use in our everyday lives.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故万圣节版:魔鬼无处不在…2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Learning English program Words and Their Stories. Many expressions in American English come from the world of religion. Some common idioms are based on high, religious ideals. But today we look at the bad or evil side of religion.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:火箭科学家2017-04-18
Hello. Im Phil Murray with Words and Their Stories, a program in Special English. You do not need to be a rocket scientist. Americans hear these words often. People say them in schools, offices and factories. Broadcasters on radio and television use them.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:关于鸟的英语表达2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories. Today we explain some expressions about birds. For example, if something is for the birds, it is worthless or not very interesting.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:野猫、国会议员、金钱、油井和罢工2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories. Today, we tell about the word wildcat. Humans have always depended on animals. From the beginning of human history, wild animals provided food, clothing and sometimes medicine.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:失去2017-04-18
Im Susan Clark with the Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES. Tom Smith is the best hitter on his companys baseball team. For weeks during the playing season, Tom hit a home run in every game the team played. But then suddenly he stopped hittin
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:天鹅之歌2017-04-18
Now, the Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES. The white swan – with its long, graceful neck – is among the most beautiful of birds. The swan is mostly silent through its life. It floats quietly on the water, unable to sing sweet songs like mos
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:摇滚音乐2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES. Today we explain a very old saying that has had a big influence on rock-and-roll music. That saying is a rolling stone gathers no moss.?It has several meanings.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:关于英文名的英语词汇2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories. A persons name is very important. Some names also have special meanings in popular American expressions. To better understand what I mean, sit back and listen. You might even want to get a cup
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:关于绿色的英语词汇2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program, Words and Their Stories. Green is an important color in nature. It is the color of grass and the leaves on trees. It is also the color of most growing plants.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:计算机术语2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES. Computer technology has become a major part of peoples lives. This technology has its own special words. One example is the word mouse.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:关于农业的英语词汇2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories. In the early days of human history, people survived by hunting wild animals, or gathering wild grains and plants for food. Then, some people learned to grow crops and raise animals for food. Th
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:关于嘴巴的英语词汇2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories. People use their mouths for many things. They eat, talk, shout and sing. They smile and they kiss. In the English language, there are many expressions using the word mouth. But some of them are
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:美国州名昵称32017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories. Today, we finish telling about the interesting nicknames that have been given to the fifty American states. The state of Ohio is in the midwest. It is named the Buckeye State after a tree that
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:美国州别称2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories. Nebraska is the only state to have a nickname that honors sports teams. The state universitys athletic teams are nicknamed Cornhuskers in recognition of one of the areas chief crops. The state
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:美国州名昵称22017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES. As we told you last week, every American state has a nickname. Here are some more of them. Idaho is known as the Gem State. This is not because it has diamonds but because it believes it is the
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:英语昵称2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stores. A nickname is a shortened form of a persons name. A nickname can also be a descriptive name for a person, place or thing.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:关于马的英语表达2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories. Today, we tell about horse expressions. In the past, many people depended on horses for transportation, farming and other kinds of work.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:关于狗的英语表达2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES. Americans use many expressions with the word dog. People in the United States love their dogs and treat them well. They take their dogs for walks, let them play outside and give them good food
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:关于数字的英语词汇2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories. Last week, I told about the number one. Today, I will tell about expressions using other numbers.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:Number One2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES. Today I will tell about expressions using numbers. Let us start with the number one. Numbers can be tricky. On the one hand, they are simply numbers. On the other hand, they have meanings. I fo
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:来自棒球的英语表达2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES. American English is full of colorful expressions. One such expression is to touch all bases. It comes from the sport of baseball.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:王牌2017-04-18
Now, WORDS AND THEIR STORIES, a program in Special English by the Voice of America. It is surprising how many expressions that Americans use every day came from the card game of poker.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:关于五月的英语表达2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES. A listener from Venezuela sent us a question about the meaning of the expression mayday. He wrote that he often hears this expression in movies.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:大人物2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories. Some expressions describe people who are important -- or who at least think they are. One such expression is bigwig.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:贬低、轻视2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories. Todays word is belittle. It was first used by Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:关于hold的英语词汇2017-04-18
Now, Words and Their Stories, a VOA Special English program about American expressions. Im Rich Kleinfeldt with expressions made using the word hold. Cant hold a candle to is a popular expression. It is from the time before electricity, when people used c
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:关于踢的英语用法2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories. From birth to death, the word kick has been given an important part in expressing human experience.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:与肩膀有关的英语短语2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories. Every week at this time we tell the story of words and expressions used in American English. Some of them are old. Some are new. Together, they form the living speech of the American people.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:什么是特种部队?2017-04-18
This is Phil Murray with Word and Their Stories, a program in Special English on the Voice of America. We tell about some common expressions in American English. A leatherneck or a grunt do not sound like nice names to call someone.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:从电视迷到幽闭症2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories. Some unusual words describe how a person spends his or her time. For example, someone who likes to spend a lot of time sitting or lying down while watching television is sometimes called a couc
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:胡扯与巧言令色2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program, Words and Their Stories. Baloney is a kind of sausage that many Americans eat often. The word also has another meaning in English. It is used to describe something – usually something someone says – that is false or w
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:小道消息2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories. Some of the most exciting information comes by way of the grapevine. That is so because reports received through the grapevine are supposed to be secret.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:你听过黄金法则吗?2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories. Throughout history, gold has been a sign of purity, beauty and power. Calling something golden means it has great quality and value.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:关于心的英语词汇2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories. Im Rich Kleinfeldt with some expressions using the word heart. People believed for a long time that the heart was the center of a persons emotions. That is why the word heart is used in so many
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:走心交流2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program Word and Their Stories. Each week, this program explains the many meanings of English expressions. Todays expressions include a very important word -- heart.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:关于颜色的英语词汇2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program, Words and Their Stories. Every people has its own way of saying things -- its own special expressions. Many everyday American expressions are based on colors.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:关于寒冷的英语词汇2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories. Cold weather has a great effect on how our minds and our bodies work. Maybe that is why there are so many expressions that use the word cold.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:细节2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories. Every machine is held together by its nuts and bolts. Without them, the machine would fall apart. That is also true of an organization. Its nuts and bolts are its basic, necessary elements. The
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:艰难的选择2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories. Making choices is necessary, but not always easy. Many of our expressions tell about this difficulty. One of these expressions is Hobsons choice.

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