~ 5-2-2018 ~ Tuesday ~ ~ First day teaching the Trinity course this year. ~ This is the third year I've taught this after school English class for middle schoolers. ~ Usually the first day they don't have their books, so I do a lesson with general introductory questions and then I give my English pronunciation lesson of words that begin with vowels or the letter "H". ~ Generally, Italians have a very difficult time with these words. They pronounce them with a Cockney accent by omitting the "H" sound on words that begin with "H". ~ This makes sense because in the very rare cases that there is an "H" at the beginning of an Italian word, it's mute, and within an Italian word "H" is used to modify the pronunciation of other letters rather than having a sound of its own. ~ The thing that I still don't understand, even after all these years here, is why, in general, many Italians tend to add an "H" sound to English words that begin with a vowel. eg; Italians say "Adulto" in Italian, but "Hadult" in English. Why??? It makes no sense. ~ (Looking at this photo, I see I have "Mute H" on the board, but I had erased that part of the lesson so I could list the words that become other words if the "H" is subtracted when it should be there or added when it shouldn't be. --In English the words that begin with a mute "H" are; hour; honest; honor/honour; heir, heiress, and heirloom; and their variations. (Hourly, honorable, etc...) In the US herb has a mute "H", but in the UK it isn't mute. Lastly, Hallelujah is sometimes Allelujah or Alleluia.) ~ The second photo is at home with My Bunny whom I love more than anything else in the universe.
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