A TV Show You Can Understand

VOAMany of you know that Voice of America has a “Special English” program that helps you improve your English by using a more limited vocabulary and slowing down the rate of speech (how fast someone talks). It is similar to ESL Podcast, except that there are no explanations or “fast” versions at the end.

Voice of America Special English now has a 30 minute television show which gives you four to five news stories each week in video format. The nice thing about these videos is that they are captioned, meaning you can see the words in English on the screen. VOA makes it easy for you to get these automatically by making them part of a weekly podcast.

If you have iTunes and want to subscribe to the podcast, do this:
(a) Open your iTunes and go the the Advanced menu on the top
(b) Click on the ‘Subscribe to Podcast’ menu item
(c) Copy and paste this web address into the box:

(d) Click Okay.

The latest podcast will begin to download in iTunes. When it’s finished downloading, just click on the episode and enjoy!


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10 Responses to A TV Show You Can Understand

  1. Fred says:

    I used to listened voa news, thank you for this new link.
    It will be very usefull.
    t h a n k y o u v e r y m u c h

  2. suakii says:

    thank you so much, but there’s nothing i like more than ESL POD CAST:)

  3. kate says:

    yeah,I enjoy listening both u

  4. Dong says:

    It’s coooooooool.
    Thanks a million.

  5. emiliano says:

    Yes, I think like suaki that there’s nothing better than ESL Podcast, but thanks Jeff, may be useful to someone that needs to read what they say on the tv screen, not me as I do
    prefer not to read when I am listening to english talking.
    I have to read before, two years ago, but now with your help I don’t need to read any more. It has been like magic, your magisterial lessons, that’s all.

  6. keisuke says:

    I really appreciate you telling me the nice thing!! However, needless to say, ESL Podcast is my favorite!!

  7. Grzegorz says:

    Hi there. Can you tell me if some of you watching TV on Windows Media Center? I’m living in UK and I can’t find option witch turn on Closed Captioning. Manual says that there should be, but isn’t. Maybe it’s just not work in Great Britain 🙁

  8. emiliano says:

    No, I don’t but I think it’s possible that the p.c. needs a special tune card to see tv. on the screen.
    But in fact I know nothing about these software questions only the fact that me also can not
    watch tv. with wind.med.center. in the computer, and some p.c. were anounced with the posibility of a tune card
    inside to see TV. with them.
    Greetings Grzegorz from Spain.

  9. Grzegorz says:

    Thanks Emiliano.
    I’m using TV Card with DVB-T tuner (digital video broadcasting – terrestial or something like this) I know that some software provides subtitles and almost all TV stations in UK are broadcast with subtitles witch really helps me to understand programs, especially those with Scottish accent 😉

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