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The letter "H"

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Hi there!

During this lesson we're going to learn how to pronounce the letter H

The letter H is probably the most crucial consonant in the spoken English language.

If it's not pronounced correctly, it is very difficult to understand what's being said, and the person you're talking to might even understand a completely different word.

The letter h has to be pronounced with a lot of air.

Here are some examples:

Hi
Hungry
Hotel
House
Home
Hot
Hat
Hut
Hill
Hospital

Now try saying this sentence, and don't forget to prononounce every single h with air: Harry has a huge hole in his hairy hat.

Here are some examples of what can happen if you don't pronounce the letter h with air:

Hair without the h becomes air
Heat without the h becomes eat
Heel without the h becomes eel
Here or Hear without the h becomes ear
Hi without the h becomes eye
Hill without the h becomes ill

There are only a few exceptions of words in which the H is silent, and here are a few:

Hour
Honest
Honour
Heir

So, now that you know how to say the letter H, try having a good chat with some new friends on GoSpeakEnglish to see if they understand you when ask them something like: Has Harry got a huge hole in his hairy hat!

And that's the end of this lesson!

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Thanks, and I hope to see you again soon!
 

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