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    The Letter 'H'

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Bluemouth, Apr 26, 2008.

    This letter has been progressively bothering me over the last couple of years, so I think I need some answers.

    In Australia it is now way more common to hear 'h' pronounced 'hach', or 'heych'. As someone who grew up being taught to pronounce it 'ach', I cannot stand the way a majority of Australia speaks. Whenever I hear hach I cringe - it just seems like a 'dumbing' of the language. In fact, its influence has been so heavy that the only place I can escape it is on the news. I mean, other TV presenters on reality shows are now readily using hach, and the news usually only lasts for 30 mins ...

    What makes it worse is when my english friend starts pronouncing it hach as well. I had a massive discussion with her, which basically ended in the following disagreement:

    - She thinks english people do say 'hach', and her parents believe that too (they left England 20 years ago)
    - I don't think the english say 'hach', I believe they pronounce it 'ach'

    I'm aware Americans use 'ach', or don't even pronounce it at all, e.g. 'Herb' - 'erb'.

    But I'd now really like to hear from English people if you pronounce it 'hach', or whether that's rubbish. And if not, are you aware Australians use it excessively? Does it bother you like it does me? Heck, are there any other Australians who haven't fallen to the temptation of using hach? And what does everyone else think?

    If this post confused you, then how would you spell the following word: Hospital?

    Hach Oh ... or ... Ach Oh
     
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    Gesundheit!
     
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    I pronounce is 'hach' or else when saying 'have' you would drop the letter 'h' and say 'ave' instead of 'have'
     
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    You dont sleep much do you Bluemouth?
     
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    I sleep plenty. You're just another person subtly attacking my quirky threads.
     
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    I like your threads, makes me think! :D :p
     
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    I'm not English but I say it 'ach' too. Hach sounds like... a type of garlic.
     
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    I've always seen it spelled (and pronounced) 'aitch' here in the US.
     
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    In Hull people call the place ull missing the "H" off. they also use the slang 'ave 'is instead of his or 'ouse instead of house some use the "H" well those taught the Queens English. aven't is another.

    Myself I always assumed I use the "H" in my sentences but my wife has just told me differently. (Women are good at that. ;)) but its one of those letters I guess.
     
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    To pronounce the leading H, the 'ullians ('ullites? - ah, what the 'ull) 'ave to take in a deeper breath.

    But why did they name the place with a leading H then?
     
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    Don't know really.
     
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    so when saying heh it is to be pronounced e instead?

    I like the letter H and will always say it hach instead of ach otherwise for me, it sounds like I am using slang or simply being lazy with my speech.
     
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    Canadians say A ch for H.
    French Canadians don't H at all.
    A name like Heather comes out eader. Which is one reason I am Lynda.
    Canadians also are supposed to say eh A a lot but I don't usually.
     
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    Ah yes, I've heard about the 'Eh'. I saw an interview with a Canadian man recently and he said 'eh' at the end of almost every sentence. It's a nice touch, though.
     
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    heh would be pronounced hay.
     
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    and hay would be pronounced 'ay?

    <walking away, shaking head and chuckling>
     
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    make hay while the sun shines eh!
     
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    lol

    woah man, I was just having a joke

    Personally I find speech absolutely fascinating and am very interested in the facets constituting the phenomenon we know as language- especially pronunciation, I could listen to the different verablisation of letters anyday. ^^
     
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    I have really noticed the letter H, but the letter J here has changed, people usually say the american 'jay', whereas when i learnt the alphabet it was 'J-eye' - don't know if they pronounce it different in words though.
     
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    In answer to your question, if I am speaking properlly, I pronounce H as huh sort of way, like the letter, not hach. However, when I speak I tend to miss of the leeter H, like I say eather, opsital, adrwick sort of thin
     
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    Like most of the other Americans who posted, I learned by alphabet song as "Ay bee see dee ee eff jee aitch". But I don't drop it at the beginning of a word... I say, "Hospital".
     
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    I love the way you speak, Heather!

    And to America I shall have to move to escape this abomination it would seem.
     
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    Lmao, I am glad you do, everyone thinks I sound like a right bimbo. Saying like every other word and twirling my blonde hair round my fingers when I speak. Lmao !!
     
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    I always say 'hay-ch', was never taught to say 'ay-ch', I don't think it sounds right.
     

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