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An American who is from the capital of California told me he doesn't pronounce [h] in herb.
Do other native speakers pronounce [h] in herb?
I think Britons pronounce herb with [h] which is same as the way you guys pronounce it.
I just found the difference pronunciations about herb between American accent and British one on an online dictionary.
Definition of herb noun from Cambridge Dictionary Online: Free English Dictionary and Thesaurus
I hope any Briton can come confirm it. How do Canadians and New Zealanders pronounce it?
Both versions are used in Canada, according to the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, which lists the one with h first. And here's the forvo page.
The Brits do pronounce "herb" with the "h" unless they've been influenced by American TV or are trying to be pretentious.
Most countries that were once British colonies pronounce the word with the "h". i.e. Aus, NZ, India, South Africa
rhotic, while Britons have become mostly non-rhotic (with the notable exception of the Scottish).
On the other hand, in the name Herb (short for Herbert), the 'h' is pronounced even by people who call a herb an erb.
The Americans have taken the English language and made their own version of it. We can see that in terms of pronunciation (as in herb and adversary) and spelling: AmE color, realize; BrE colour, realise.
The language has adapted due to needs, etc.
Yet English has it's greatness and demand due to the Americans as they are the world's political and financial superpower. So they can do to the language what they wish.