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thread: H

  1. #1
    BellyBelly Member

    Jan 2011
    2,075

    H

    Not sure if this is etiquette as such, but couldn't find another home for this question:

    How of you pronounce the letter "h"?

    How is it supposed to be pronounced in English (British/Australian not American).



    Is it aych?
    Or haych?

  2. #2
    Registered User

    Dec 2007
    Victoria
    7,260

    Re: H

    AY-tch.

    Most definitely NOT Haytch.

    (Can you tell this is a particular pet peeve of mine? )

  3. #3
    BellyBelly Member

    Feb 2006
    NSW Central Coast
    5,301

    Re: H

    AY-TCH. I was always taught Haytch is wrong.

  4. #4
    2014 BellyBelly RAK Recipient.

    Oct 2007
    Outer South East Melbourne :)
    4,346

    Re: H

    "Aitch" here too. I get all twitchy when people pronounce it Haitch -_-

  5. #5

    May 2008
    Melbourne, Vic
    8,631

    Re: H

    Absolutely what the others say. It's a pet peeve of mine too.

    In the Oxford dictionary, the letter H is spelled "aitch". Not haitch.

  6. #6
    BellyBelly Member

    Jun 2005
    USA
    3,991

    Re: H

    My grade 6 teacher was big on this. I still remember her writing "aitch" on the blackboard and drumming it into us

  7. #7
    BellyBelly Life Subscriber

    Dec 2008
    8,986

    Re: H

    I know it's aitch but it always comes out of my mouth as haitch.

  8. #8
    Registered User

    Jan 2006
    8,369

    Re: H

    The letter H does not begin with an H.

    In other news, in Hertford, Hereford and Hampshire hurricanes hardly ever happen.

  9. #9
    Registered User

    Mar 2008
    North Northcote
    8,065

    Re: H

    because i had such an awesome primary education...I had no idea that it was pronounced Ay-tch hahahaha.

    thank goodness this is an online forum and I have never had to say it in front of y'all

  10. #10
    BellyBelly Member

    Dec 2005
    3,130

    Re: H

    Is it different state to state? I've always put the 'h' sound in front and that's how they teach it at my kids school. There is a phonics program and they do the h with a 'h' sound. To be honest it annoys me when it's said with the 'aitch' sound. I'm in qld by the way.

  11. #11
    BellyBelly Member

    May 2010
    Land of Dreams
    1,201

    Re: H

    Must of been my little school (80 kids all up) education down fall, but I've always said it as haych lol

  12. #12

    Re: H

    because i had such an awesome primary education...I had no idea that it was pronounced Ay-tch hahahaha.

    thank goodness this is an online forum and I have never had to say it in front of y'all
    Well I am glad I am not the only one. I have always said haych

  13. #13
    BellyBelly Member

    Dec 2010
    The zoo
    735

    Re: H

    Aitch. Drives me nuts otherwise.

    DS says haych and he's never got that here so I think that's what they were teaching last year at kindy. I will drum that out of him!

  14. #14
    Registered User

    Feb 2006
    Newcastle, NSW
    4,219

    Re: H

    Haytch here too. To say it without the H sound is so strange to me. It's like those that say erbs instead of herbs and ello instead of hello, it's just not right to me.

  15. #15
    BellyBelly Member

    Oct 2006
    Adelaide, SA
    3,962

    Re: H

    Haytch here too, drives me nuts when people say aytch lol

  16. #16
    BellyBelly Member

    Nov 2008
    Perth, WA
    2,315

    Re: H

    I'm a primary school teacher and always said haitch...until a few years into my teaching career. I was mortified when I found out as I am a grammar and spelling Nazi and Literacy is my favourite subject! It most definitely is aitch, but I find the vast majority of kids I taught had been taught haitch. Phonics programs are written and read, rather than heard, so lots of teachers are now teaching it incorrectly. Most of us (including your children's teachers) went through school using a 'whole language' approach to Literacy, where nothing was explicitly taught.

    Moreover, H doesn't say 'hah', it says 'hhhh' like you're trying to fog up a mirror. It's an unvoiced sound, if that makes sense. I could go on...

  17. #17
    BellyBelly Member

    Jun 2009
    913

    Re: H

    I have a vague feeling that a long time ago Protestants tended to say aitch and Catholics said haitch. I think it had something to do with what was taught by most teachers in the Catholic school system.

    Has anyone else heard of this? Or did I dream it lol?

  18. #18
    BellyBelly Member

    Dec 2005
    3,130

    Re: H


    Moreover, H doesn't say 'hah', it says 'hhhh' like you're trying to fog up a mirror. It's an unvoiced sound, if that makes sense. I could go on...
    So to me the unvoiced 'hhhh' sound means you say 'haitch' doesn't it? How do you say 'hhhh' and have it end up as 'aitch'?

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