Special English

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Special English is a simple form of the English language. It is used by a public radio station called Voice of America, run by the United States government in Special English programs every day. Its news and feature programs are read more slowly than usual, using fewer English words and simple grammar.

The contents of Special English programs are much easier to understand. Special English is clearer and simpler, and it uses shorter sentences. It can also help someone whose English is weak to improve his or her English. In some countries, for example China, Special English is popular among people learning English.

Special English was first used on October 19, 1959. Special English started in that year as one of radio programs by the Voice of America. This broadcasts adopt slow space and simple English in order to increase understanding for millions of listeners.[1] it is now also knowns as "Learning English".[2]

About programs[change | change source]

Popular programs on VOA follow.[3]

  • Music USA --- hosted by Willis Conover[4]
  • Arts & Culture
  • American Stories
  • health & Lifestyle
  • U.S.History
  • Science & Technology
  • Words & Their Stories
  • Learning English Broadcast

Notes[change | change source]

  1. "A NEW BEGINNING". In 1959, VOA inaugurated Special English--slow-paced, simplified English broadcasts--to facilitate comprehension for millions of listeners.
  2. "voa-learning-english". Learning English use a limited vocabulary and are read at a slower pace than VOA's other English broadcasts. Previously known as Special English.
  3. "Programs - Radio". learningenglish.voanews.com. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  4. "Willis Conover | American radio broadcaster". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2020-08-10.

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