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[翻译]:词汇典故:这个圣诞你“大出血”了吗?2017-04-18
Now, Words and Their Stories, a VOA Special English program about American expressions. I'm Rich Kleinfeldt with some financial words and expressions used in business and the stock market.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:圣诞老人圣尼古拉斯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. To grown-ups, he is a special s
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:直入主题2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories. Our expression today is getting down to brass tacks. It means to get serious about something, to get to the bottom of the situation.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:关于袋子的英语短语2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories. Different people have different ways of saying things -- their own special expressions. Each week we tell about some popular American expressions.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:Not Wash和Turkey2017-04-18
Im Susan Clark with the Special English program Words and Their Stories. Young Mr. Smith had an idea for his employer. It was an idea for saving money for the company by increasing prices. At the same time, Smith suggested that the company sell goods of l
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:关于农业的英语短语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. T
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:关于嘴的英语短语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.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:别像臭虫一样缠着我!2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories. There are many American expressions about insects -- like bees, for example. Bees are known as very hard workers. They always appear to be busy, moving around their homes, or hives. So you migh
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:嘿,新手!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. Sometimes, the word green means young, fresh and growing.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:别打瞌睡哦!这故事可是极好的!2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program, Words and Their Stories. Cats are the most popular pets among Americans. So it is not surprising that there are many expressions about cats. Some cats like to catch small birds, like canaries. If someone looks very pr
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:关于猴的相关词汇2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories. Monkeys are very similar to us in many ways -- most have ten fingers and ten toes, and brains much like ours. We enjoy watching them because they often act like us. In fact, Charles Darwin’s th
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:土豪的相关词汇2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories. Most people enjoy working for several reasons -- their job might be fun, or they like their employer and the other people at work. Most people I know, however, work for the money. I do not know
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:赌博的相关词汇2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories. Many people believe that money makes the world go around. Others believe that money buys happiness. I do not agree with either idea. But I do admit that money can make people do strange things.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:头奖!赢得彩票2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories. I think people everywhere dream about having lots of money. I know I do. I would give anything to make money hand over fist. I would like to earn large amounts of money.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:兄弟之城和豆城2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program, Words and Their Stories. Almost all American cities have nicknames. They help establish a citys identity. They can also spread unity and pride among its citizens. Two east coast cities -- Philadelphia and Boston -- we
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:hit的相关词汇2017-04-18
Now, Words and Their Stories, a VOA Special English program about American expressions. Im Rich Kleinfeldt with some expressions containing the word hit. Hit is a small word, but it has a lot of power. Baseball players hit the ball. Missiles hit an airpla
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:烫手山芋2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES. Every language has its own special words and expressions. And a story can be told about each of them. Hot is a simple, easily understood word. So are most of the expressions made with the word
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:棒球术语:击出全垒打2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories. Baseball is Americas national sport, so it is not unusual that many popular expressions come from baseball. But first, let me explain a little about the game...
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:井井有序2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories. Today we tell about the expression apple pie order. It means in perfect order, very well organized. Nobody is sure where and when the expression apple pie order began. Some say that Scottish an
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:如何成为好人与社会栋梁2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES. We present more expressions about food. They are from Elenir Scardueli, a listener in Brazil.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:关于打扮的词语2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES. Last week, I explained some English expressions about clothes. Everything I told you was true. I did not talk through my hat or say something without knowing the facts.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:与衣物有关的词语2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program, Words and Their Stories. Have you ever considered all the English expressions that include words about clothes? Lets see if I can name a few off the cuff -- or without any preparation.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:烟花2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program, Words and Their Stories. Im Rich Kleinfeldt. Today we tell about the word fireworks. The expression fireworks gets its meaning from the fireworks that people shoot into the sky when they are celebrating a great event.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:药的词汇表述2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories. Every week at this time, the Voice of America tells about popular words and expressions used in the United States. Some of these words and expressions are old. Some are new. Together, they form
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:有钱能使鬼推磨2017-04-18
Im Susan Clark with Words and Their Stories, a program in Special English on the Voice of America. People often say that money talks. They mean that a person with a lot of money can say how he or she wants things done. But it is not easy to earn enough mo
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:古老的至理谚语2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories. Today we explain more proverbs. A proverb is a short, well-known saying that expresses a common truth or belief. Proverbs are popular around the world. Many proverbs give advice about how to li
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:谚语告诉你如何成功2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories. Today we explain more popular proverbs. A proverb is a short, well known saying that expresses a common truth or belief. Proverbs are popular around the world.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:词汇典故:听众讲述他们最喜欢的谚语2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories. A proverb is a short, well known saying that expresses a common truth or belief. Many proverbs give advice about the best way to live.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[译]:词汇典故:关于爱、战争与金钱2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories. Today we talk about proverbs. A proverb is a short, well known saying that expresses a common truth or belief. Proverbs are found in most cultures and are often very old.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[译]: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[译]:词汇典故:医学术语2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES. Many professions have their own words and expressions. This is true for the medical profession. Doctors use many technical terms that most people do not understand. But there are also expressio
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[译]:词汇典故:纽约的别名2017-04-18
Now the VOA Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES. A nickname is a shortened form of a persons name. A nickname also can be a descriptive name for a person, place or thing. Many American cities have nicknames. These can help establish an identit
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[译]:词汇典故:洛杉矶的昵称2017-04-18
Now the VOA Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES. A nickname is a shortened form of a persons name. A nickname can also be a descriptive name for a person, place or thing. Many American cities have nicknames.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[译]:词汇典故:克利夫兰和底特律的别名2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES. Many American cities have interesting nicknames. Nicknames can help establish the identity of a city. They can also spread pride among its citizens. But nicknames sometimes can make fun of some
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[译]:词汇典故:美国城市别名的故事2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES. A nickname is a shortened version of a persons name. A nickname also can describe a person, place or thing. Many American cities have interesting nicknames. These can help establish an identity
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[译]:词汇典故:人名相关词汇2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program, Words and Their Stories. A person's 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 c
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[译]:词汇典故:关于水的表达2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES. Expressions about water are almost as common as water itself. But many of the expressions using water have unpleasant meanings.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[译]:词汇典故:It Will Not Wash2017-04-18
I'm Susan Clark with the Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES. Young Mister Smith had an idea for his employer. It was an idea for saving money for the company by increasing prices. At the same time, Smith suggested that the company sell goods
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[译]:词汇典故:努力点吧2017-04-18
I'm Susan Clark with the Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES. A woman from Japan was telling a friend about her trip to the United States. The woman had visited major businesses and investment companies in New York City and Chicago.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕[译]:词汇典故:关于小道消息的短语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:词汇典故:A Chip on Your Shoulder2017-04-18
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:词汇典故:关于狗的英语词汇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.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:无能为力(Losing It)2017-04-18
I'm Susan Clark with the Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES. Tom Smith is the best hitter on his company's baseball team. For weeks during the playing season, Tom hit a home run in every game the team played.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:颜色英语词汇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:词汇典故:食物表达方式32017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES. We present more expressions about food. They are from Elenir Scardueli, a listener in Brazil.
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:食物表达方式22017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES. We received a list of expressions about food from Elenir Scardueli, a listener from Brazil. Today we will talk about some good things to eat. If something is new and improved, we say it is the
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕: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 most ot
该音频有LRC字幕 VOA慢速英语附字幕:词汇典故:贬低2017-04-18
Now, the VOA Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES.Today’s 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:词汇典故:圣诞老人2017-04-18
Now, the 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:美国各州别称42017-04-18
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.

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