aspirated H – le H aspiré français

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French aspirated "h"
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le "h”aspiré français

French words beginning with the letter “h” which is not pronounced are divided into two groups: aspired “h” and mute “h”. The initial letter “h” is not pronounced.
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“h” aspiré et “h” muet

the aspired “h” appears in French words borrowed from other languages and acts like a consonant: - there are no contractions (elisions) with it, like in the word “hockey”, - there are no liaisons in front of it. For example, if you were to pronounce the word “heroes” with definite article with the liaison, you would be saying “the zeros”.
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le hockey / les héros / les zéros

the mute “h” appears in most French words that begin with “h’. In this case the word acts as if it begins with a vowel: contractions and liaisons are required like in word “man” with the definite article.
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l’homme /les hommes (la liaison)

the liaison is the pronunciation of a usually silent word-final consonant before a following vowel like in word “friend” with indefinite article
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un ami (m) / une amie (f)

the elision is the suppression of a final vowel before another word beginning with a vowel. The deletion of a vowel is indicated in writing with an apostrophe like in the word “friend” with definite article
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l’ami (m) / l’amie (f)

the list of the most common words that begin with the aspired “h”
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la liste des mots les plus populaires qui commencent par un “h” aspiré

la hache

la haine

le hall

la halle

le halo

la halte

le hamac

le hamburger

le hameau

le hamster

la hanche

le hand-ball

le handicap

le hangar

le haricot

la harpe

le harpon

luck, chance
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le hasard

la hâte

la hauteur

le hérisson

le héros

le hibou

la hiérarchie

hieroglyphe
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le hiéroglyphe

le hobby

le hockey

la Hollande

le homard

la Hongrie

la honte

le hooligan


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