VOA Special English is a simplified English language used by Voice of America in daily broadcast. The news is read slowly and using a limited wordlist of about 1,500 words. Charles Kay Ogden recommended radio news be given in Basic English with the appropriate Basic special radio vocabulary add-on. VOA Special English, although intended for telling news around the world, has the additional benefit of allowing English to be learned and for pronunciation to be polished.

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airplane aeroplane
apologize apologise
archeology archaeology  
baptize baptise
behavior behaviour  
center centre
color colour
cooperate co-operate
criticize criticise
gram gramme
gray grey
honor honour
humor humour
labor labour
meter metre
organize organise
recognize recognise
specialize specialise