Voice of America Phonetics plus discussion on VOA Special English of 1500 core words.

 

Below is an example of VOA phonetics and a write-up on VOA Special English.

An explanation of the VOA Special English 1500 words is given at the end.

 

http://names.voa.gov/

 

AL QAEDA

 

al K-EYE-(eh)-duh

BEILIN, YOSSI

Israel

YO- see   BAY- lihn

BERGER, OSCAR

Guatemala

O-skahr behr-ZHEHRR

BERNANKE, BEN

U.S.

BEHN berr-NAN-kee

BOURGASS, KAMEL

Algeria

kah-MEHL boor-GAHS

BUNDESBANK

Germany

BOON- dehs-bah-nk

CALABRIA

Italy

kah-LAH-bree-ah

CALDERA, RAFAEL

Venezuela

rah-f-eye-EHL   cahl-DAY-rah

CEAUSESCU, NICOLAE

Romania

nee-ko-L-EYE-eh   chow-oo SHEHS-koo

CHAISIT SHINAWATRA

Thailand

CH-EYE-siht shihn-ah-WAHT

CHEN XITONG

China

CHUHN   SHEE   TAWNG

CHERNOBYL

Ukraine

cheh-r - NO- bihl

DADDAH, AHMED OULD

Mauritania

AH-mehd OOLD DAH-dah

DISSANAYAKE, S.B.

Sri Lanka

dee-SAH-NEYE-ah-keh

DJABALLAH, ABDALLAH

Algeria

ahb-DAH-lah JAH-BAH-lah

DOSANJH, UJJAL

India

OO-jehl dough-SAHNJ

EFFAH-APENTENG, NANA

Ghana

NAH-nah ee-FAH ah-pehn-TEENG

ERSHAD, HOSSEIN MOHAMMAD

Bangladesh

ho-SANE mow-HAH-mehd air-SHAH-D

FARES, ISSAM

Lebanon

EYE-sahm FAAH-rehs

FERRERO-WALDNER, BENITA

Austria

beh-NEE-tah feh-REH-ro WAHLD-nehr

FIANNA FAIL

Ireland

FEE-eh-neh   F-OIL

FOSSET, STEVE

U.S.

STEEV   FAH-seht

GADDAFI, MUAMMAR

Libya

moo-AH-mahr   geh-DAAH-fee

GAYSSOT, JEAN-CLAUDE

France

ZHAHN KLOWD gay-SO

GHANNOUCHI, MOHAMED

Tunisia

mo-HAH-mehd gah-NOO-shee

GISSIN, RAANAN

Israel

rah-NAHN ghee-SEEN

GNASSINGBE, KPATCHA

Togo

(k)PAH-chah nah-SING-bay

GRIMSSON, OLAFUR

Iceland

OH-lah-voor  GRIHM-sown

GUBBAY, ANTHONY

Zimbabwe

AN-tho-nee goo-BAY

GUERRA, JOSE ADAN

Nicaragua

ho-SAY AH-dahn GEH-rah

GURIDI, JUAN ANTONIO OLARRA

Spain

HWAHN ahn-TOE-nee-o o-LAH-rah goo-REE-dee

GUTERRES, EURICO

Timor

you-REE-ko goo-TEH-rehs

HAAVISTO, HEIKKI

Finland

HAY-kee   HAH-vihs-tow

HAMMADI, SAADOUN

Iraq

sah-ah-DOON hah-MAH-dee

HANNAN, AHMED

Morocco

AHK-mehd hah-NAN

HANSSEN-BAUER, JON

Norway

JAHN HAHN-sehn BOW-wehr

HASSOUN, WASSEF ALI

Lebanon

WAH-sehf AH-lee hah-SOON

HERRI BATASUNA

Spain

air-EE bah-tah-SOO-nah

HMIMSSA, YOUSSEF

Morocco

YOO-sehf huh-MIHM-sah

HUMALA, OLLANTA

Peru

oh-YAHN-tah oo-MAH-lah

HUMMES, CLAUDIO

Brazil

KLAU-joh OO-mehss

HUSSEIN, SADDAM

Iraq

sah-DAHM   hoo-SAY-N

HUTTEMAN, PAT

U.S.

PAT HUHT-uh-muhn

IDRISS, MOUSSA AHMED

Djibouti

MOO-sah   AH-mehd  ih-DREE-SS

IPARRAGUIRRE, ELENA

Peru

ee-LAY-nah ih-pahr-rah-GIH-ray

ISAMUDDIN, RIDUAN

Indonesia

RIHD-wahn ee-sah-MOO-dihn

ISMAIL, AZIZZAH

Malaysia

ah-ZEE-zah IHS-M-EYE-EHL

ITTEHADUL MUSLIMEEN

India

ih-tay-HAH-duhl muhs-lih-MEEN

JAATTEENMAKI, ANNELI

Finland

AH-neh-lee YAH-teen-mah-kee

JAMAL, QUDRUTULLAH

Afghanistan

kuh-duh-too-LAH jah-MAHL

JAMMEH, YAHYA

Gambia

YAH-YAH   JAH-meh

JANNEH, KABINEH

Liberia

KAH-bee-neh jah-NEH

JARRAR, NASSER

Palestinian

N-ASS-rr jah-RAHR

JEDDANE, AICHA MINT

Mauritania

EYE-shah MIHNT jeh-DAHN

JEFFORDS, JAMES

U.S.

JEH-fords

JUPPE, ALAIN

France

AAH-LA (N)  ZHOO-PAY

KANJU, MOHAMMED SIDDIQUE

Pakistan

mow-HAH-mehd   sih-DEEK   KAHN-JEW

KARBOSCHI, GHOLAMHOSSEIN

Iran

go-lahm-ho-SANE   care-boss-CHEE

KASSEM, NAIM

Lebanon

nah-EEM KAW-sehm

KENYATTA, JOMO

Kenya

JOE-mow   kehn-YAH-tah

KHAN, AMMANULLAH

Afghanistan

ah-mahn-oo-LAH KAHN

KHARRAZI, KAMAL

Iran

kah-MAHL   kah-rah-ZEE

KHORRAMABAD

Iran

kaw-RAH-mah-BAHD

KNESSET

Israel

K-NEH-seht

KOPASSUS

Indonesia

ko-PAH-soo-s

KOUAME, ANGE KESSI

Ivory Coast

AHN-(zuh) kay-SEE kwah-MAY

KOUASSI, MOISE LIDA

Ivory Coast

mo-EES LEE-DAH kwah-SEE

KRASHENNINIKOV, PAVEL

Russia

PAH-vehl   krah-shee-NEE-nee-kawf

KUBBA, BASSAM SALEH

Iraq

bah-SAHM SAH-leh KOO-bah

KUPERWASSER, YOSSI

Israel

YO-see KOO-pehr-VAH-srr

LI XIANNIAN

China

LEE   SH-YEHN   N-YEHN

LISSOUBA, PASCAL

Congo

pass-KAHL  lee-SOO-bah

MAHARRAMOV, AKIF

Azerbaijan

ah-KEEF mah-hah-RAH-mawf

MAINASSARA, IBRAHIM BARE

Niger

ee-brah-HEEM   BAH-reh   m-eye-nah-SAA-rah

 

 

http://www.voanews.com/specialenglish/about_special_english.cfm

 

Helping People Understand Their World

The Roots of Special English

 

(TZ note – The “Special English” VOA dictionary does not have a pronunciation guide, so I provided one in truespel.  See truespel book 3, authorhouse.com” at http://tinypaste.com/66266 ).

On October 19, 1959, the Voice of America broadcast the first Special English program.  It was an experiment.  The goal was to communicate by radio in clear and simple English with people whose native language was not English. Special English programs quickly became some of the most popular on VOA.  They still are. Special English continues to communicate with people who are not fluent in English.  Over the years, its role has expanded.  It helps people learn American English while they learn about American life and stay informed about world news and developments in science.  It provides listeners with information they cannot find elsewhere.


Three Elements Make Special English Unique

It has a core vocabulary of 1500 words.  Most are simple words that describe objects, actions or emotions.  Some words are more difficult.  They are used for reporting world events and describing discoveries in medicine and science. 

Special English writers use short, simple sentences that contain only one idea. They use active voice.  They do not use idioms.

Special English broadcasters read at a slower pace, about two-thirds the speed of standard English.  This helps people learning English hear each word clearly.  It also helps people who are fluent English speakers understand complex subjects.

Special English Radio Broadcasts

Special English broadcasts to different parts of the world several times a day, seven days a week.  Each half-hour broadcast begins with:

•The latest news from around the world
•A different short feature every day about development, agriculture, health, education, economics, news events and American idioms. 
•15-minute in-depth features about life in the United States, news about science and space, American history, popular culture, influential Americans and short stories.

Special English On Satellite TV

We offer a 20-minute program of five short features read by Special English announcers along with the scrolling text. This program is televised weekly by satellite.  Check out our TV schedule for your area. http://author.voanews.com/specialenglish/tv.cfm

Teaching Tool

Through the years, Special English has become a very popular tool for teaching English, although it was not designed as a teaching program. The short sentences, limited vocabulary and slow pace of speaking make it easy to understand.  It succeeds in helping people learn English in a non-traditional way.  People around the world practice their listening and speaking skills by recording the programs and playing them repeatedly.  Internet users can also listen to programs on the Special English Web site while reading the text.  And they can receive scripts of features by e-mail.  In countries around the world, many English teachers require their students to listen to Special English. They praise it for the content of the programs and for improving their students’ ability to understand American English.  Universities, governments and private companies publish and broadcast Special English materials for use in English teaching.

From Listeners Around the World

Over the years, Special English has forged a strong link with millions of people around the world. Listeners in several countries have formed Special English listener clubs. Testimonials from an ever-increasing number of people show that Special English programs make a difference in their lives.

From Nigeria: “It is with great joy that I am writing this letter to you, commending you on the interesting program you have been broadcasting to us in your Special English program. A very delightful program. I cannot afford to miss it even for a minute.  I would rather miss a meal than to miss this program.  You really touch our lives positively in this part of the world where English is a second language to us and we are very grateful. Long live VOA Special English.”

From Iran: “The VOA Special English was a dream for me. I've never seen such a useful program in learning a foreign language. I'm an Iranian student and I'm very interested in learning English. I listen to your program and print any article from your Internet Web site every night. Thank you very much.”

From Pakistan: “The programs are so nice that we cannot miss them. These programs are a great source of information. These programs are acting as a ‘Bridge Of Friendship’ between the listeners of the entire world. Your programs have an attraction like a magnet which attracts us. If we want to ignore them, we cannot do this.”

From Kosovo: “Dear friends from VOA Special English, you have the best program, and everyone is watching and listening to your programs here.”

From Brazil: “Congratulations! I really appreciate the Special English program. It was very helpful, especially to increase my awful pronunciation. I usually listen to the same news many times, then I try to write what I am listening and then I compare on VOA's page if I did it right. After doing this for almost a year, I did the test of University of Michigan and guess what!! I passed. Thank you all.” 

From China: “I am a Chinese student majoring in International Trade. I often listen to your program. It is wonderful. Thank you for your work, for my English has been improved a lot due to your program.”



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