Korean edit

Etymology edit

From (hae, informal and non-polite imperative of 하다 (hada, to do)) +‎ 체(體) (che, style).

Pronunciation edit

  • (SK Standard/Seoul) IPA(key): [ˈhɛ(ː)t͡ɕʰe̞] ~ [ˈhe̞(ː)t͡ɕʰe̞]
  • Phonetic hangul: [(ː)/(ː)]
    • Though still prescribed in Standard Korean, most speakers in both Koreas no longer distinguish vowel length.
Revised Romanization?haeche
Revised Romanization (translit.)?haeche
Yale Romanization?hāy.chey

Noun edit

해체 (haeche)

  1. The informal, non-polite speech level in Korean.

Usage notes edit

해체 (haeche) is a 반말 (banmal, “crude language”) speech level used most often between close friends and relatives, and when addressing younger acquaintances. Like other speech levels, it is applied to verbs and adjectives.

Korean words inflected in this speech level are quite short, often just the unadorned stem:

  • (hae, “does; do!”)
  • 했어 (haesseo, “did”)

See also edit

(Other speech levels)