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.
- The VOA Special English Web Page
- VOA Special English Word Book - 1,500 words used on VOA Special English broadcasts
- Voice of America Special English Study - Online quizzes, listen and read along, crossword puzzles and more. (By Charles Kelly)
- English learning lessons using Voice of America Special English