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H - French Pronunciation of H

How is H pronounced in French?


The letter H is always silent in French. However, there are two different kinds of H's: H muet and H aspiré. The type of H at the beginning of the word lets you know whether to make contractions and pronounce liaisons with that word. To find out whether the H in a particular word is muet or aspiré, follow the links above to consult my lists or check a good French dictionary. There will be an asterisk or some other symbol to distinguish the two kinds of H's.

French words with H

Click these links to hear the words pronounced in French:

   homme   (man)

   hockey   (hockey)

   haut   (high)

   hôtel   (hotel)

   hiver   (winter)

Letter combinations with H (click for detailed lessons) You are here: Learn French > French for Beginners > Pronunciation > Letters > Consonants > H
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