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Special English is a simplified version of the English language used by the United States broadcasting service Voice of America in daily broadcasts. The news is read slowly, using a limited vocabulary and simplified grammar. The intended audience of Special English are persons who have studied English in school, but do not speak it in daily usage.
For example, an April 2002 script describes diabetes in this manner:
- "The World Health Organization estimates that as many as one-hundred-twenty-million people have the disease diabetes. Diabetes is the name for several diseases with one thing in common: there is too much glucose, or sugar, in the blood. The disease develops when the body does not produce enough insulin or produces no insulin. Or the disease develops when the body cannot use insulin."
Another script talks about the Rolling Stones:
- "The popularity of the Beatles led the way for more rock and roll bands from England to become popular in America. The Rolling Stones was the most important of these bands. The Rolling Stones is one of the few groups from the nineteen-sixties that is still performing and recording today. In nineteen sixty-five, the group recorded one of its most famous songs, 'Satisfaction'."
For those listeners whose own language is not English, it not only provides clear and simple news and information, but also help them improve their use of American English. In some countries such as China, Special English is increasingly popular for junior and intermediate English learners.
- Simple English Wikipedia - A Wikipedia which uses a reduced vocabulary, based on Basic English.
- European English
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