Aspirated h – h aspiré


Let's Define It!

What's an *aspirated* h?

In French, the letter h gets to be pronounced in two ways.

  1. silent
  2. aspirated

The aspirated h is where h is treated like a consonant.

Words such as la haine (hate), le héros (hero), la honte (shame) all start with an aspirated h.


Let's Pronounce It!

What does it sound like in French?


Let's Have an Example or Two!

Can a little reinforcement do the trick?

Here are a few more words that include an aspirated h.

  • le hoquet (hiccup)
  • le hibou (owl)
  • la hache (axe)
  • le hamac (hammock)


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