美國之音(以下稱VOA)的英語節目,按播音速度可分為兩種:Standard English (標準英語)和 Special English(特別英語)。

Special English 又叫“慢速英語”,是VOA 專為全世界非英語國家初學英語的聽眾安排的一種簡易、規范的英語廣播節目。該節目創始于50年代末期,是VOA 的專家們研究如何與世界各地的英語學習者進行交際的產物。它正式開播于1959年10月。當時只面向歐洲和中東,但由于這個節目適合許多國家英語學習者的需要,所以它的廣播對象不久就擴大到世界其他地區,并很快在全世界范圍內產生了廣泛的影響。現在這個節目對歐洲、非洲和拉丁美洲每晚廣播一次,對加勒比地區每晚廣播一次(星期天除外),對東南亞廣播次數最多,每天上午兩次,晚上三次。

There are many reasons that interrupting a speaker or group of speakers may be necessary.
Have you ever been unsure about someone's meaning because their explanation seemed unclear? In today’s program, we will tell you how to get clarification.
Every language in the world has words that express sounds. These are called onomatopoetic words. When a person says an onomatopoetic word, the sound of the word copies the natural sound the word is identifying.
What do these five words have in common: hotdog, fireworks, well-being, waistline, sunset and ice cream? They could all describe a fun holiday celebration. For example: My ho...
Having to speak a foreign language in an airport can be tricky. Today, we will share some English phrases that can help you survive any airport experience.
A phrasal verb is made of two or more words: a verb plus a preposition or adverb, or both. Together, the words get a new meaning. For example, the phrasal verb get in means to arrive at a place.
Some senses have more than one verb. We’ll see examples of many of them today.
Today, we will tell you about let, allow and permit – three verbs that deal with permission.
Most of us do not enjoy complaining. But sometimes we must do it to get a solution. In this Everyday Grammar program, we will tell you how to make a complaint in English.
If you are driving a car, you will probably see many traffic or road signs. Languages also have signs that provide direction when speaking to others or writing. In English, we call these words discourse markers. Think of them as road signs for language.
On this Everyday Grammar program, we will talk about common redundancies and suggest ways to avoid them in writing.
VOA慢速英語:“So”與“So That”的用法有啥區別2018-10-27
Today, we will tell you about three phrases that English learners have trouble with: so so that and so adjective/adverb that. We’ll discuss each one then compare them.
Some English learners mistake just and already as having the same meaning. The same is true for the adverbs still and yet.
In our program today, we will show you how to use general and specific preferences. We have different phrases for each.
Today, we will tell you about three rules that some experts say are outdated and never had strong reasoning behind them. Breaking these rules is acceptable in all but the most formal writing, such as business letters and some kinds of academic writing.
Many languages shorten words in everyday speech. In English, we shorten a lot of words. One way we do this is with contractions: two words joined with a special mark called an apostrophe. The apo
VOA慢速英語:英語語法:Forming Questions, 2: Where Did You Learn English?2018-09-23
Object questions are sometimes called wh-questions or five w questions because they begin with one of five wh words: who, what, when, where and why. They can also begin with how, how much or how many.
VOA慢速英語:英語語法:Forming Questions, 2: Yes or No Questions2018-09-15
In a recent Everyday Grammar, we told you about subject questions – questions we ask when we want to learn the who or the which of an action. Today, we will tell you about yes or no questions.
Betty Azar is the most successful writer of grammar textbooks in the world. Generations of English learners will recognize her best-selling book Understanding and Using English Grammar. Today Ms. Azar shares her tips for understanding what you hear in Eng
VOA慢速英語:英語語法:Forming Questions, Part 1: Subject Questions2018-09-01
It would be impossible to go through life without asking questions. So, learning to form questions correctly is an important exercise for English learners. But it can also be one of the most frustrating ones.
To the untrained ear, sounds like oops hmm and woohoo may seem like nonsense. But in English, these sounds carry a lot of meaning. We call them interjections. And the English language has hundreds of them.
In his popular 1980s song, American singer Rockwell sang the words, I always feel like somebody’s watching me. He doesn’t know who is...
When was the last time you experienced a wide range of emotions over something – from sadness to happiness, or even a sense of relief when a problem was...
In last week’s Everyday Grammar, we told you about a few kinds of inversion that are useful in academic writing and common on the TOEFL. But there are others. Today, we’ll talk about three more.
Inversion is not for everyday speech. English speakers use it in formal statements, and most often in writing, such as in essays and works of literature. And, it is only done with some words and phrases.
In English, many adjectives come from verbs. In today’s program, we will tell you about participial adjectives – adjectives that we make from verbs.
It may seem short and simple, but how to use and write whose confuses even native English speakers. This is partly because they mistake it with another word that sounds the same: who’s (spelled w-h-o-apostrophe-s) – a contraction that means who is or who
In Part 1 of this program, we told you many uses of would in everyday speech. Today, we will talk about two more uses. We’ll also look at some important elements for understanding this modal verb.
It is best to avoid using want when making polite requests. Instead, we use would like. This is just one of many uses for the modal would in everyday speech. A modal is a helping verb that is usually used with another verb to express ideas such as possibi
Today, we will show you shortened adverb clauses . We call the shortened clauses modifying adverbial phrases. But, that name is needlessly complex for a grammar structure that is often easy for many English learners.
Indirect questions are a more polite way to ask for information or make requests. We often use them when asking something of strangers or people we do not know well, including coworkers. We also use them when asking for favors from friends or when we want
In a recent program, we told you about phrasal verbs related to food. The program centered on eating food: what, how much and when.
The English language has many patterns. By learning and mastering common sentence patterns, English learners can improve their writing skills.
A great way to learn the meanings of phrasal verbs is to hear how they may be used in real life. Listen to these two people talk to each other. You will hear seven phrasal verbs dealing with food and eating.
Technology is one field where phrasal verbs and new nouns are very common. The Everyday Grammar team presents a history of phrasal verbs in computing. We also teach some new nouns that grew from the phrasal verbs as people talked more and more about techn
Adverb clauses are dependent clauses that act as adverbs – they modify a verb, or adjective or another adverb. Like all clauses, adverb clauses contain a subject and a verb.
A clause is a group of words that contain a subject and a verb. Today, we will show you the difference between dependent and independent clauses.
VOA慢速英語:學習被動語句: It Can Be Done!2018-04-28
Your passport has to be renewed. Your hair still needs to be cut. Your shoes should be repaired. And your dog is supposed to be taken to a friend’s house. All of these sentences use either modals or something called phrasal modals, and they are in the pas
Phrasal verbs make up a large part of everyday spoken and written English. This means they can easily be found in news, music, film and so many other places.
There are simple and common ways to express likes and dislikes. But fluent speakers of English use other ways, too. Some are a little more nuanced and less direct. Today, we’ll show you four phrases you can start using as soon as you like.
VOA慢速英語:日常語法:Can I、Could I與May I的區別2018-03-31
English teachers and parents used to try very hard to get young people to use may when asking for permission. Now it seems that can or could works just as well. Learn about the rules for asking permission with these modals.
From popular songs to written and spoken communication, English speakers use what are called “-ever words” quite a lot. Today, we will explore the meanings and uses of these words.
In today’s Everyday Grammar, we will look at examples of when two or more -ing words appear next to each other.
Everyday Grammar takes on the challenge of three modal verbs. When English speakers give advice, they can choose between should, ought to, and had better. Learn the difference between these words and how to use them to give good advice.
The phrase How about is one common way to make a friendly suggestion in English. To make a suggestion means to offer an idea or plan for someone to think about.
English learners often make mistakes when reporting on what someone else said. Here are a few simple rules that will help prevent these mistakes. Let Everyday Grammar show you how to win when you play the He said/She said game. Practice what youve learned
Many learners have questions about English grammar rules for using prepositions of place and time. We present a few simple guidelines to help you put your prepositions in the right places. In English, though, there is always an exception to the rule.
Today we will take a look at the modal verbs could have, would have and should have. These past tense modals are useful for expressing your present feelings about a past decision (or other action).
Today we return to a very common verb form in English – phrasal verbs. You will find one phrasal verb in every 192 words of written English. They will make your English sound more natural once you begin using them correctly. In an earlier program, we expl
Christmas is full of pleasant surprises and surprising disappointments. Americans use certain words to show these emotions. Common examples include even, still, and actually.


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