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Some English words begin with the letter H but don’t start with the / h / sound. This is because these words were borrowed into English from the original French. At first, they kept their French pronunciation, but gradually, over time, most of them became Anglicised and lost their French connection. Some of them, however, refused to lose their posh French pronunciation. These words, like honour, never had the / h / sound inserted at the beginning. I made this video and the English Activation Pack to help students like you learn which words should be pronounced with an initial / h / sound and which should not.
silent H at the beginning of words a beginning with the letter H don't start with the sound they start with a vowel sound instead why is this well it's because these words were originally French words the English adopted them but kept the French pronunciation and dropped the sound at the beginning of the words for example if I'm honest the honourable air in his oak Couture will honor the hour and the hors d'oeuvres and oak cuisine won't go to waste other words taken from the French lost their French pronunciation over time and the sound was added for example the huge historic hotel hosted a humorous homage to that horrible heinous beam the hardy haricot in haste the habit of Hygiene was humiliatingly not heeded and a hodgepodge of humidity in the hygroscopic era cots heralded the hospitalization of a horde of hitherto healthy humans in the Hamlet's humble hostel while Helen and Herbert the hospitable hosts hazarded homicide hostile historians may disagree but that's my humble hypothesis
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