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I've only just begun studying French (for the first time ever) and from what little I have read, the "h" is silent in French words, but in words of foreign origin, it is not. In fact, I recently read about it in the "Tips and notes" section for this lesson! Here's an excerpt from it that applies to this discussion:
Words Beginning with H
The letter H is always mute (silent) in French, but when H starts a word, it can act as a consonant (aspirate)* or vowel (non-aspirate). For example, the H in homme acts as a vowel. This means that "the man" must be written as l'homme.
Conversely, an aspirate H doesn't participate in elisions or liaisons. It's usually found at the beginning of loanwords from German or other languages. For instance, "the hero" isle héros. Pay attention to this when learning new vocabulary.
From Basics 1 for French
*Aspirate means pronounce a sound with an exhalation of breath. To get a better understanding of this letter and how it is pronounced in French (with aspiration or without), I recommend viewing any number of videos you can find online for it. A search such as this:
might be very beneficial for you and others who also have questions about how to pronounce the French letter "h." If you view any that are particularly good, s'il vous plaît, let us know.