We have visited all of the English consonants… except for /h/
Say this pair /hiːt/ and /iːt/ (heat, eat)
What do you do differently in the first word to sound the /h/?
It’s hard to tell at first isn’t it, because the movement for /h/ is so slight…
OK, so say it again, really slowly, like this: /h….iː….t…./ and try to find the slight movement that gives you /h/.
What you can notice immediately is that /h/ is unvoiced, and that the voice only begins on /iː/.
Check it out….Can you start the voice on /h/? No, well that’s interesting.
So, what is happening to produce the /h/?
Try these pairs where the only difference is the presence of /h/ in the first of each pair. Can you sense the movements that produce /h/?
/hæt/ /æt/ hat, at
/hɑːt/ /ɑːt/ heart, art
/heɪt/ /eɪt/ hate, ate
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