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:Words and Their Stories:Money,Part 22017-04-18
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. Let me tell you about a person I once knew who liked to play
voa慢速英语:Words and Their Stories:Money,Part 12017-04-18
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.
voa慢速英语:Words and Their Stories:Let's Do Business2017-04-18
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:词汇掌故:手头拮据2017-04-18
A dime is a piece of money whose value is one-tenth of a dollar. Today, a dime does not buy much. But it was different in the nineteen thirties. A dime sometimes meant the difference between eating and starving.
该音频有LRC字幕 voa慢速英语:Words and Their Stories:Proverbs Part One2017-04-18
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.
voa慢速英语:Words and Their Stories:It Will Not Wash2017-04-18
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 of less value.
voa慢速英语:Words and Their Stories:Grapevine2017-04-18
That is so because reports received through the grapevine are supposed to be secret. The information is all hush hush. It is whispered into your ear with the understanding that you will not pass it on to others.
voa慢速英语:Words and Their Stories:Like a Rolling Stone2017-04-18
It has several meanings. One meaning is that a person who never settles down in one place will not be successful. Another is that someone who is always moving, with no roots in one place, avoids responsibilities.
该音频有LRC字幕 voa慢速英语附字幕翻译:商业与股市常用术语(In the Red)2017-04-18
Day trading companies provide a desk and a computer system to an investor who wants to trade. Individuals must provide fifty thousand dollars or more to the trading company to pay for the stocks they buy. Thousands of other investors do day trading from c
该音频有LRC字幕 voa慢速英语:Words and Their Stories:Chickenfeed2017-04-18
Americans, like people in other countries, always want more money. One way they express this is by protesting that their jobs do not pay enough.
该音频有LRC字幕 voa慢速英语:Words and Their Stories—Baloney2017-04-18
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 wrong or foolish.
该音频有LRC字幕 voa慢速英语讲解附字幕:与数字有关的短语II2017-04-18
Some problems are difficult to solve. But there are a lot of number expressions that can help. For example, if we put two and two together, we might come up with the right answer. We know that two heads are better than one. It is always better to work wit
voa慢速英语:Words and Their Stories:Number One2017-04-18
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 for one use these expressions a lot.
voa慢速英语:Words and Their Stories:Apple Pie Order2017-04-18
Nobody is sure where and when the expression apple pie order began. Some say that Scottish and English writers used the expression a long time ago. Others say it first was used in the northeastern American states known as New England.
voa慢速英语:Words and Their Stories:Easy As Falling Off a Log2017-04-18
Every people has its own way of saying things, its own special expressions. Some of these expressions are easy to understand. The words create a picture in your mind.
voa慢速英语:Words and Their Stories:Touch All Bases2017-04-18
When a baseball player hits the ball, he must run to each base in order and touch it with his foot. It is the only way to score a point. If the player hits the ball and fails to touch all the bases, the point will not be counted.
voa慢速英语:Words and Their Stories:Down to Earth2017-04-18
Every week at this time, we tell about popular American words and expressions. Some of these are very old. Some are new. Together, they form the living speech of the American people.
voa慢速英语:Words and Their Stories:Belittle2017-04-18
Many years ago, a French naturalist, the Count de Buffon, wrote some books about natural history. The books were a great success even though some critics did not like them. Some critics said, Count Buffon is more of a poet than a scientist.
voa慢速英语:Words and Their Stories:Computer Terms2017-04-18
Computer technology has become a major part of people's lives. This technology has its own special words. One example is the word mouse. A computer mouse is not a small animal that lives in buildings and open fields. It is a small device that you move ar
voa慢速英语:Words and Their Stories:Get Your Act Together2017-04-18
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.
voa慢速英语:Words and Their Stories:Put Your Heart at Rest2017-04-18
People believed for a long time that the heart was the center of a person's emotions. That is why the word heart is used in so many expressions about emotional situations.
VOA慢速英语:Words and Their Stories:Heart to Heart2017-04-18
Each week, this program explains the many meanings of English expressions. Today's expressions include a very important word 每 heart.
voa慢速英语:Words and Their Stories:Fireworks2017-04-18
The expression fireworks gets its meaning from the fireworks that people shoot into the sky when they are celebrating a great event. Rockets explode to fill the dark, night sky with bright reds and blues, with yellows and greens and whites.
voa慢速英语:Words and Their Stories:You Do Not Have to...2017-04-18
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.
voa慢速英语:Words and Their Stories:Mouth Expressions2017-04-18
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 not so nice.
该音频有LRC字幕 voa慢速英语讲解附字幕:词语典故:一箭双雕2017-04-18
Today we explain some expressions about birds. For example, if something is for the birds, it is worthless or not very interesting. Someone who eats like a bird eats very little. And a birds-eye view is a general look at an area from above.
voa慢速英语:Words and Their Stories:Golden Rules and Golden Oldies2017-04-18
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:Golden Rules and Golden Oldies2017-04-18
Throughout history, gold has been a sign of purity, beauty and power. Calling something golden means it has great quality and value.
voa慢速英语:Words and Their Stories:Dog Talk2017-04-18
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 and medical care. However, dogs without owners to care for the
voa慢速英语:Words and Their Stories:Green Expressions2017-04-18
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.
voa慢速英语:Words and Their Stories:Money Talks2017-04-18
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 money to gain this kind of power.
voa慢速英语:Words and Their Stories:More Clothing Expressions2017-04-18
Everyone knows there are many English expressions about clothes. There is no need to keep it a secret, or keep it under your hat. In fact, if I keep talking, soon enough you will start to think I am an old hat about this -- a real expert.?Do not be fooled
voa慢速英语:Words and Their Stories:Clothing Expressions2017-04-18
Have you ever considered all the English expressions that include words about clothes? Let's see if I can name a few off the cuff, or without any preparation.
voa慢速英语:Words and Their Stories:English Expressions...2017-04-18
On January twenty-fourth, eighteen forty-eight, a man named James Wilson Marshall discovered gold in the territory of California. The news spread quickly. Thousands rushed west. They traveled on foot, by horseback and by boat to reach the gold fields. By
voa慢速英语:Words and Their Stories:Mayday2017-04-18
Mayday is an emergency code word. It is used around the world in voice communications. You might see a war movie in which an airplane has been hit by rocket fire. The pilot gets on his radio and calls mayday, mayday, mayday to tell that his plane is in da
该音频有LRC字幕 voa慢速英语:WORDS AND THEIR STORIES:Swan Song2017-04-18
Every people has its own way of saying things, its own special expressions. These are the living speech of a people. And a story can be told about each of them.
该音频有LRC字幕 voa慢速英语:Nicknames for Philadelphia and Boston2017-04-18
Two east coast cities -- Philadelphia and Boston -- were both important in the early history of the United States. Philadelphia is best known as The City of Brotherly Love.
该音频有LRC字幕 voa慢速英语:Words and Their Stories:From Couch Potato to...2017-04-18
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 couch potato. A couch is a piece of furniture that people sit on w
该音频有LRC字幕 voa慢速英语:Words and Their Stories:Nicknames for ...2017-04-18
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 something.
该音频有LRC字幕 voa慢速英语:Words and Their Stories:Nicknames for New Orleans...2017-04-18
Many cities have interesting nicknames. Nicknames can help establish the identity of a city. They can also spread pride among its citizens.
该音频有LRC字幕 voa慢速英语:Words and Their Stories:Military Expressions2017-04-18
A leatherneck or a grunt do not sound like nice names to call someone. Yet men and women who serve in the United States armed forces are proud of those names. And if you think they sound strange, consider doughboy and GI Joe.
voa慢速英语:Where Did 'OK' Come From?2017-04-18
Millions of people all over the world use the word OK. In fact, some people say the word is used more often than any other word in the world. OK means all right or acceptable. It expresses agreement or approval.
该音频有LRC字幕 voa慢速英语讲解附字幕:与昆虫有关的短语2017-04-18
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 might say you were as busy as a bee if you spent your weekend clea
voa慢速英语:WORDS AND THEIR STORIES-Great Scott2017-04-18
Then there is Holy Toledo! It is another expression of surprise. It refers to the city of Toledo, Spain, an important religious center in medieval times. Toledo was a holy city for both the Roman Catholics and the Muslim Moors of Spain.
[VOA词汇典故]Words and Their Stories: All About Names2017-04-18
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 cup of Joe, I mean, a cup of coffee.
该音频有LRC字幕 voa慢速英语讲解附字幕:词语典故:与名字有关的有趣短语2017-04-18
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 cup of Joe, I mean, a cup of coffee.
[VOA词汇典故]Words and Their Stories: Farm Expressions2017-04-18
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. They were the first farmers.
该音频有LRC字幕 voa慢速英语讲解附字幕:词语典故:与农田有关的短语2017-04-18
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. They were the first farmers.
该音频有LRC字幕 voa慢速英语讲解附字幕:词语典故:与身体部位有关的短语2017-04-18
There are many American expressions that use parts of the body. These include the eyes, ears, nose, mouth and even the heart. Today we will tell you some expressions that use other body parts 每 the back, shoulders and chest.
该音频有LRC字幕 voa慢速英语讲解附字幕:词语典故:爱吵架的人2017-04-18
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.

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