Let me spare details of when I first went to a hardware store in Spain.  I was keeping in mind to get stuck to the pronunciation in order to expedite my errands. But, the mess started as I made my request…

The clerk made a funny face, perhaps thinking I went into the wrong store. After several attempts to communicate I ended up making a lousy drawing of the tool I needed.

Laughs came for both of us when I explained the guy (a very nice person), that as in Spanish, I was taught, the “H” has no sound, hence I was pronouncing the word as I thought it shall sound.

The H word

The H word

-          “That is but true, he said, but as a rule the exception is: when the H is preceded by the letter C and followed by a vowel, the group CH is pronounced as in English is the group SH, but sharper. “

-          “Thank you my friend, and now let’s get into business……quiero comprar un HASHA”

-           “Good” he said, “But that SH sharper… HACHA.”

The history ends up with me leaving the hardware store with my new, sharp AX!

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