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American English Pronunciation Lesson 44

Today in the classroom you are going to learn to pronounce the sound h as in the words home, hen, hot, happy. Remember "practice makes perfect" if you want to improve your English speaking ability.
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Pronunciation: American English Lesson 44

Pronounce the sound h as in the words home, hen, hot, happy. Watch the following pronunciation videos and learn to pronounce this sound correctly.
 
Pronunciation Video
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h here, head, hair, hat, who, hood, home, hunt, whole, hide, hurt, help, hen, hot, hungry, happy, behind, ahead
 
Note: the red letters all have the same sound
 
Sound Type

This is an UNVOICED sound which means Your Vocal Cords DO NOT vibrate when making the sound.
You CANNOT LISTEN to your Vocal Cords vibrating if you cover your ears with your hands.

Try covering your ears with your hands as Akiko is doing in the picture.

Now make the sound of this lesson. You cannot listen to your vocal cords vibrating.
VERY GOOD
You CANNOT FEEL your Vocal Cords vibrating if you place your hands on your neck.

Try placing your hands on your neck as Akiko is doing in the picture.

Now make the sound of this lesson. You cannot feel your vocal cords vibrating.
VERY GOOD
The following diagram shows the most important parts of your head and mouth used for pronouncing the sounds of English. It also shows the location of your Vocal Cords.
 
Mouth, lips, and tongue position

The following descriptions explain the proper mouth, lips, and tongue position when you make this sound.
Mouth

Your mouth releases air continuously.
Lips

Your lips should be unrounded.
Tongue

The front part of your tongue should be in the lower part of your mouth.
Practice video

Listen to the video and practice repeating each word.
 
 
Pronunciation practice words

Look at your mouth in a mirror and practice pronouncing the following words. Make sure your mouth, lips, and tongue are in their proper positions.
here head hair hat
home hide hen hot
hungry happy behind ahead
 
Note: the red letters all have the same sound (watch the video above)
 
Pronunciation word test

Try saying the following tongue twister as quickly as possible.
  • The hen behind the home was hungry and tried to hide.
From YOUR Teacher: Pronouncing Letter H

This sound is basically easy to pronounce.
 
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