Let’s Talk about the H, the Silent Letter

The silent Spanish H can get a little bit confusing. It’s easy to get frustrated and want to “mandar todo a la mierda” (another, more creative way of saying to give up). But if you think about it, we have many more silent letters in English, like the [K, C, B, D, T], and even the [H] as well.

But you just have to keep the following in mind: Spanish H is ALWAYS silent unless it’s next to the letter “C”. When they’re together you need to make the -CH sound, which is almost identical to the -CH sound in English. For instance:

“Doy por hecho que a todos les gusta el chocolate” :chocolate_bar:

  • HEcho: the H is silent because it isn’t followed by a “C”
  • heCHO/ CHOcolate: they’re pronounced with the -CH sound because there’s a “C” before “H”

Other examples:

  • ¡HASta luego, Carmen! (Silent) :wave:
  • La HORCHAta se elabora con chufa. (Silent the first one, but the second and third are pronounced as a -CH sound)
  • HAY que viajar varias HOras para llegar a CHIle desde Buenos Aires. (“Hay” and “horas” are silent, while “Chile” is not)

Refresh these examples and you’ll be dominating the silent H in the blink of an eye!

What other examples come to your mind? :thinking:

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Other examples that come to my mind:

  • CHurros
  • CHico
  • CHica
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Here are some more:

  • chacal
  • chalota
  • chalote
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Those examples are great! :hugs: With the examples mentioned above you produce the –CH sound because there’s a C before the H. How about some examples with the silent H? :thinking:

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Hi! The ones I can think of are:
-Búho
-Hacha (which also produces the CH sound)
-Bahía
-Zanahoria
:stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: :rofl: :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

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Hi! :wave: Yes! Those are perfect examples!! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: You’re right, in “hacha” we produce both sounds!! :blush:

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Hi!
What “Hacha” means?

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Hi, Deborah! :blush: “Hacha” means an axe (a tool used for cutting down trees which consists of a long wooden handle and a heavy metal blade) :axe:

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The letter in itself is an example, since it’s called “Hache” :rofl:

Other examples may be:

  • Hermano/a (Brother/sister)
  • Hijo/a (Son/Daughter)
  • Almohada (Pillow)
  • Habitación (Room)
  • Huerta (Vegetable plot)
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Hi, Santiago! Yes! You’re correct! The letter itself is an example! And the others you said are perfect!! :nerd_face:

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