Here is the beginning of a collection of recordings of Pali proper names and untranslated Pali words in the text.
So far it has about 150 recordings. The plan is to finish words used in the Majjhima Nikaya, then move to the Digha and the others. The recordings are by native Sinhala speakers.
The immediate motivation is the wonderful Sutta recording projects that are happening. I’ve noticed that they could use some Pali pronunciation support. So here it is.
I’m also motivated by the growing number of lay Dhamma teachers who are using the suttas in their teachings. Most of them, I think, are learning the suttas on their own and therefore lack the experience of hearing the correct pronunciations.
But my real hope for the resource is that it helps people to feel at home in the suttas. If one feels hesitant about saying the Pali names, etc. I think there is a degree of separation from the teachings. I hope that from reading the suttas that the people in them become close friends and kalyanamittas. And it’s a little awkward when you can’t pronounce your friends names.
I’m posting it here now hoping people could provide feedback. Eventually I will probably break up letters into their own pages, but for now it is easier to deal with a single page. I also eventually plan to create a zip file with all the recordings for folks to download.