«El hombre fue al hospital». Even if you missed all the other words in that sentence, you probably caught the word “hospital.” In Spanish, “hospital” also starts with “H,” which is called «la hache». «La hache» is an important Spanish letter, but like a hospital, often sits there silently until you notice it in passing or need it. This is because the Spanish “H” makes little or only a very subtle sound but, as a common letter, is an important part of Spanish orthography (i.e., spelling), just like a hospital is an important part of a community. This free Spanish Letter H worksheet offers practice with letter formation and key vocabulary.
The “official” name of the Spanish “H” is «la hache». It is generally pronounced “ah-cheh,” «hache» or «ha-che». As in most languages, the exact sound varies by location and dialect.
However, since phonetic alphabets differ wildly or are difficult to understand, the easiest way to learn to pronounce «la hache» is to hear it over and over and to practice. Try one of these two videos to hear and practice the sound.
- Forming capital “H”
- Forming lowercase “H”
- Identifying capital “H”
- Identifying lowercase “H”
- Familiarization with “H” vocabulary and two common infinitives
- la hache
- las haches
In this two-page printable, you’ll find preschool- and kindergarten-oriented activities involving «la hache», such as practicing formation of capital letters (mayúsculas) and lowercase letters (minúsculas) and being introduced to “H” vocabulary. Because of the age group targeted, directions are scaffolded in English and Spanish or use English/Spanish cognates.
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Ideas for Use
Students in preschool or kindergarten will likely benefit most from this worksheet, but it is great for any student who needs a little extra letter and Spanish vocabulary practice. Download your free Spanish Letter H worksheet below.