I'm wondering if there are any good general resources for pronunciation of words. Answers.com and Dictionary.com cover most English words, but it leaves out a lot of proper names, foreign words, and technical jargon. Personally, I like having an audio file of the word pronounced, that way I'm sure I'm doing it right. As a second option, I like literal, phonetic spellings of the words, because I'm not always 100% confident if I look at the IPA style (so for the word pronunciation, it'd be pruh-NUN-see-ay-shun instead of prə-nŭn'sē-ā'shən).
What prompted me to think of this was my attempt at trying to find out how to pronounce recueil, the French word for anthology. Not only does it start with an R, the French version of which is notoriously difficult for English speakers to pronounce, but it also has a triphthong that I couldn't find any pronunciation rules on, AND ends in a letter that is sometimes silent, sometimes not. It was that, and a couple of other French words scattered through the text I was reading, that I couldn't find anywhere. I don't want to run to the LV forums for every single problem, and I figured there had to be a French equivalent of Dictionary.com, with accompanying audio pronunciations for a large number of words, but I searched in vain.
I think if we pooled our collective knowledge, we could probably come up a good list of Internet resources for people who want to pronounce it just right. Unfortunately, there'd probably be a large list of web sites dedicated to specific languages, like Japanese words, French words, medical terms, etc. I know that you can ask on the forums, but I think it'd be useful to put up some links on the LV wiki. Along with that it should have the caveat that you shouldn't worry too much if you can't find a pronunciation, and that pronunciations can vary.
Toward that end, here are a couple of resources I've found useful:
This website has a large, but by no means comprehensive, collection of audio files of Russian, French and Chinese words. The drawback is that you have to download all the files on your computer first.
This website has, as far as I can tell, an audio pronunciation of every cumbersome word found in the Bible, as well as a few other religious words. If you're reading from the Bible, it's a lot easier than listening to a whole chapter of another audio version, and it's also good if, say, you're reading from a non-Biblical text that refers to Jesus' words on the cross ("Eloi Lama Sabechthani") and you have no idea how to pronounce it.
What do you guys think? Is this a worthwhile project?