"The man and the woman"
Translation:L'homme et la femme
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Yes, you're right.
It seems there is no rule to know when a "h" is mute or not, so I guess learners will actually have to guess, practice and memorize the words bit by bit. However most of these aspired "h" are used in words coming from foreign languages.
I made a quick research and found these two lists, if it can help :
Just for the record, I did the quiz they propose and I shamefully got 92/100, even while being French... So don't be too harsh on yourself on this matter if you're beginning French. What is important is to know it by heart for all the common words, the rest will come with talking/listening and reading/writing.
Among words starting with consonant H in French, there are 2 kinds: aspired H or non aspired H.
Homme has a non-aspired H (meaning it is as if the word started with an O): l'homme [LOM]
Homard (lobster) has an aspired H (meaning it prevents you from liaising it with the previous word): le homard [LEU-OMAR].
To know more: http://french.about.com/od/pronunciation/a/h_3.htm