digplanet beta 1: Athena
Share digplanet:


Applied sciences






















Special English is a controlled version of the English language first used on October 19, 1959, and still presented daily by the United States broadcasting service Voice of America (VOA). World news and other programs are read one-third slower than regular VOA English. Reporters avoid idioms and use a core vocabulary of about 1500 words,[1] plus any terms needed to explain a story. The intended audience is intermediate to advanced learners of English. Transcripts, MP3s, archives and podcasts of programs are provided at voaspecialenglish.com


VOA Special English has multiple daily newscasts and 14 weekly features. These include reports on agriculture, economics, health and current events. Other programs explore American society, U.S. history, idiomatic expressions, science, and arts and entertainment.

For example, a May 18, 2010, script described rheumatoid arthritis this way:

"Rheumatoid arthritis is a painful disease that can destroy joints. Women are three times more likely to get it than men. Rheumatoid arthritis is considered an autoimmune disease, a disease where the body attacks healthy cells. The exact cause is unknown. But in a recent study, an experimental drug showed signs of halting the disorder in laboratory mice."

A program from July 15, 2010, dealt with patent law:

"Recently, the United States Supreme Court decided a case on the property rights of inventors. The question was whether a business method is enough of an invention to receive a patent. Patents are a form of intellectual property. They give legal protections to individuals and companies against the copying of their inventions.”

A remembrance of Michael Jackson aired on July 5, 2009, shortly after his death:

"Today we tell about one of the most famous performers in the world, Michael Jackson. Known as the 'King of Pop,' Jackson sold more than seven hundred fifty million albums over his career. Michael Jackson redefined popular culture with his energetic music, dance moves and revolutionary music videos. But Jackson’s huge success as a performer was not always easy. He was a complex individual with an often troubled private life."

For English learners, the service not only provides clear and simple news and information, it also helps them improve their use of American English. In some countries such as the People's Republic of China, VOA Special English is increasingly popular for junior and intermediate English learners. Many teachers around the world, including at the university level, use the programs for language and content.

The BBC and China Radio International have both used the name "Special English" for their slow speed English broadcasts, but they do not appear to have applied the full methodology of the VOA original.

Specialized English[edit]

Specialized English is a dialect of Special English developed and used by Feba Radio, and now used by Words of Hope and The Back to God Hour. The same parameters apply as for Special English — slow speed, short sentences and restricted vocabulary. The word list has over 90% commonality with that of VOA Special English.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1] Wordlist at VOA

External links[edit]

Original courtesy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_English — Please support Wikipedia.
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia. A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia.
1000000 videos foundNext > 

VOA Special English, Age Happiness Sleep

http://www.youtube.com/user/esliq?sub_confirmation=1 http://learnenglishworld.com https://www.facebook.com/ESLEnglishIQ https://twitter.com/LearnEnglishNet.

VOA Special English 2014 - AS IT IS - International Students - Community Colleges and Alternatives

VOA AS IT IS - 5 April 2014 Just as the name states, community colleges are local. So, they are easy to get to. A person does not need to move to a different...

VOA Special English 2014 - AS IT IS - All About the World Wide Web - Internet Future

It all started in March of 1989. British scientist Tim Berners-Lee was working at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Switzerland. Scient...

AS IT IS - January 28, 2013 - VOA News Program in Special English

From VOA Learning English, welcome to AS IT IS! AS IT IS our new magazine show in Special English. Today and in the days to come, we will be expanding on maj...

VOA Khmer Special English on 31 July 2013, Obesity Rises Among Children in Developing Countries

Please subscribe for free to get hot news,voa news and rfa news. Please Subscribe this channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/AsiaFreeNews VOA Burmese news TV ...

voa special english 2013 today full

voa special english 2013 today full.

VOA Special English - Economics Report - Học nghe tiếng Anh có phụ đề

https://www.facebook.com/worldlinkvietnam.worldlink From VOA Learning English, this is the Economics Report in Special English. Can you think your way to wea...

VOA special English - Education report - Học nghe tiếng Anh có phụ đề

https://www.facebook.com/worldlinkvietnam.worldlink Millions of students have been taught a formula that has nothing to do with chemistry. The formula is for...

Special A Episode 2 English Sub

Special A Episode 2 English Sub.

VOA Special English + 395 Health Report

1000000 videos foundNext > 

1452 news items

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:33:45 -0700

This is NEWS Plus Special English. I'm Yun Feng in Beijing. Here is the news. Australian scientists have made the alarming discovery that sea levels have risen more in the past century than at any other comparable period in the past 6,000 years.

Swindon Advertiser

Swindon Advertiser
Sun, 12 Oct 2014 22:06:15 -0700

SWINDON Mayor Teresa Page visited a group of women from the Nepalese community taking part in a special English class to show her support. Each week around 30 women from the community take part either in a beginners' class or an intermediate class ...

Gazette Live

Gazette Live
Fri, 26 Sep 2014 09:10:32 -0700

Former Boro defender Andre Bikey has played in Spain, Portugal, Russia and Greece - but says nothing is as "special" as the English game. The bruising defender left Boro at the end of the 2012/13 season and signed for Panetolikos in the Greek Super ...
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:14:06 -0700

The photo published on September 21, 2014 shows a special effects make up on a girl's face. Belinda Maines, 21, from Britain, transforms herself into a variety of colourful characters. She hopes her unusual hobby will be a stepping stone to a career in ...


Wed, 22 Oct 2014 05:56:15 -0700

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, left, shakes hands with Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (EC) Secretariat Alan Esmond Bollard as Philippines' Secretary of Finance Cesar Purisima watches them during the opening ceremony at the Asia-Pacific ...


Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:00:00 -0700

The motor vehicle convoy escorts the motorcade of visiting Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete from Beijing Capital International Airport to Diaoyutai State Guesthouse on October 21, 2014. The fleet drove past the Tian'anmen Gatetower. [Photo: Xinhua].
Akron Beacon Journal (blog)
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:05:49 -0700

Owner and brewer Neil Chabut announced today (Oct. 16) that he has brewed a special English barleywine called Hullabaloo for the occasion. The beer was aged with French oak and clocks in at 9.5 percent alcohol by volume. The Dayton brewery and ...
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:00:00 -0700

Hong Kong's Chief Executive CY Leung said on Tuesday that he would consider disclosing the evidence of external interference in the Occupy Central movement at an appropriate time, adding he was not merely speculating. Speaking to the media before ...

Oops, we seem to be having trouble contacting Twitter

Support Wikipedia

A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia. Please add your support for Wikipedia!