Unit 5.1

Letter: H

Introduction

The letter h represents the only glottal consonant existent, which is the voiceless glottal fricative.

Form

The sound of h is:

Uppercase Lowercase Phonetics
H h /h/

Example

h: hat, hate, hot.

Use

To pronounce the glottal consonant the glottis (the opening at the upper part of the larynx, between the vocal cords) is used as primary articulation.

  • h: voiceless, vocal cords do not vibrate during the articulation of the consonant

 

LAURA:

To pronounce the letter h is necessary to know that the glottis is in the middle part of the larynx, the same place where the vocal cords are located. In fact, the pronunciation of h uses the glottis as primary articulation, that is why letter h is called glottal. The air is aspirated, that is, the air comes out of your mouth as you say the sound. 

  • h is voiceless, so the vocal cords do not vibrate during the articulation of the consonant

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