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H aspiré - French Aspirate H

How is H pronounced in French?

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H's in French words borrowed from other languages are usually aspirate. Though the H aspiré is not pronounced, it acts like a consonant; that is, contractions are not permitted with it and liaisons are not made in front of it. For example, le + hockey does not contract to "l'hockey" but remains le hockey. And les héros (the heroes) is pronounced [lay ay ro]. If you were to pronounce this with a liaison, [lay zay ro], you would be saying les zéros (the zeros).

Here are the most common French words that begin with H aspiré.

hâbleur    boaster

la hache    axe

hacher    to chop

le hachisch    hashish

le haddock    haddock

la haie    hedge

le haïku    haiku

le haillon    rag

la haine    hatred

haïr    to hate

haïssable    detestable

halal    halal

le hâle    suntan

haleter    to pant

le hall    hall

la halle    market

le hallier    thicket, brush

le halo    halo

la halte    break

le hamac    hammock

le hamburger    hamburger

le hameau    hamlet

le hammam    hammam

la hampe    pole

le hamster    hamster

la hanche    hip

le hand-ball    handball

le handicap    handicap

le hangar    shed

hanter    to haunt

happer    to snatch, grab

harangue    harangue

harasser    to exhaust

harceler    to harass

la harde    herd

harder    to leash

hardi    daring

le hareng    herring

la hargne    spiteful anger

le haricot    bean

harnacher    to harness

le harpail    herd

la harpe    harp

le harpon    harpoon

le hasard    luck, chance

la hâte    haste

hâter    to hasten

haut    high

la hauteur    height

le havre    haven

hercher    to haul

le hère    wretch, young stag

le hérisson    hedgehog

la hernie    hernia

le héron    heron

le héros    hero

la herse    hearse, harrow

le hêtre    beech tree

heurter    to strike

le hiatus    hiatus

le hibou    owl

le hic    snag

le hickory    hickory

hideux    hideous

la hiérarchie    hierarchy

le hiéroglyphe    hieroglyphe

hippie    hippie

hisser    to hoist, heave, haul

le hobby    hobby

hocher    to nod

le hockey    hockey

la Hollande    Holland

le homard    lobster

Hong-Kong    Hong Kong

la Hongrie    Hungary

la honte    shame

le hoquet    hiccup

hors    outside

la houe    hoe

la houille    coal

la houle    swell

houleux    stormy

le hooligan    hooligan

la houppe    tuft

houspiller    to scold

la housse    cover

housser    to cover

le houx    holly

le hublot    porthole

la huche    chest, trunk

huer    to boo

le huguenot    Huguenot

huit    eight

hululer    to hoot

humer    to smell

hurler    to shriek


Note: The other type of French H is the H muet
Quiz: H muet vs H aspiré
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