H muet

French translation & vocabulary with Frantastique.
Improve your French and test our online French lessons for free.

un « h » muet : a silent "h" grammaire

Un "h" muet is not pronounced at all in French. For example, the "h" at the start of hôpital: we say l’hôpital (pronounced "lopital"), as if the word began with a vowel. Example:

un « h » aspiré : an aspirated "h" grammaire

Un "h" aspiré prevents elision and liaison. For example, the "h" at the start of héros: we say le héros (not l’héros: no elision), and un héros is pronounced without sounding the "n" at the end of un (no liaison). It is as if the word began with a consonant. Example:

Going further...

Still having difficulties with 'H muet' Want to improve your French? Test our online French lessons and receive a free level assessment!


Do you have smart way of remembering this rule? A tip to avoid making a mistake on 'H muet'? Share it with us!

Improve your French further and test Frantastique, online French lessons for free.