Pronunciation of "h" and "th"

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Pronunciation of "h" and "th"

Unread postby carol » 30 Jan 2005, 17:57

Hi everybody,

I'm a new teacher in France and my students don't pronounce the "h" at the beginning of words and can't say "th".

Does anybody know how I can help them?

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Unread postby Guest » 01 Feb 2005, 03:33

An activity I did with my kids for the pronunciation of H was two parts. First, you must introduce how to make the H sound. I told them all to take a deep breath and make the huuuh sound. Then I did a dictation (student to student) with sentences like, "Hi, how are you?" "Happy hippopotamuses eat huge hamburgers." etc. Then I played a game where the class was divided into two teams, and played a game where one child was at the board from each team. Teammates had to yell out the word and the first one to write it correctly gained a point. The cards read hit/it, hat/at, ham/am, heel/eel, heat/eat, hill/ill, hi/I, etc. So the pronunciation was important.
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Unread postby sthero@sympatico.ca » 01 Feb 2005, 03:36

This can obviously be adapted for th sounds. it's very important you exaggerate the sounds tho, and assure them it's fine to do so. With the h sounds, I gave my students the example that whenever I speak french, I never pronouce the letter h when it's at the beginning of a word. I said "i" or "allo" instead of "hi" or "hello." They have to be conscious of it. Tell them that in English they ALWAYS (with the exception of hour and honest) pronounce the h.
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Pronunciation of "h"

Unread postby Nigel » 01 Feb 2005, 17:12

The previous person is right to say you don't pronounce 'h' in hour and honest. There are two other exceptions: honour and heir.

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Re: Pronunciation of "h"

Unread postby bambang » 09 Jul 2007, 14:20

Nigel wrote:The previous person is right to say you don't pronounce 'h' in hour and honest. There are two other exceptions: honour and heir.Nigel


Other exceptions:
- heiress
- heirloom
- honorarium
- honorary
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