H sound in Italian

H is a consonant. How do you pronounce H in Italian? Read on to find out.

How to pronounce H in Italian

H is always silent. You never hear it. This also applies to foreign words.

H
H sound

Io ho, tu hai, lui ha.
I have, you have, he has.

However, H is used together with C and G to produce CHE/CHI and GHE/GHI sounds.


How to pronounce CHE/CHI in Italian

You pronounce CHE and CHI respectively as “keh” and “key”.

Examples:

Barche, oche, cachi, chino
(/ˈbarke/, /ˈɔke/, /ˈkaki/, /ˈkino/)
Boats, geese, kakis, crouched down

a couple on a yellow boat

How to pronounce GHE/GHI in Italian

You pronounce GHE and GHI respectively as “geh” and “gee”.

Examples:

Ghepardo, alghe, ghiro, maghi
(/geˈpardo/, /ˈalge/, /ˈgiro/, /ˈmagi/)
Cheetah, algae, dormouse, wizards


Other Italian words with the H sound

Preghiera
(/preˈgjɛra/)
Prayer

Spaghetto
(/spaˈgetto/)
Spaghetto

Chilometro
(/kiˈlɔmetro/)
Kilometer

Pacchetto
(/pakˈketto/)
Small parcel

Hotel
(/oˈtɛl/)
Hotel

Hamburger
(/amˈburger/)
Hamburger

three hamburgers

Your turn!

Pronounce each given word.


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