해체

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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 prescriptive in Standard Korean, most speakers in both Koreas no longer distinguish vowel length.
Romanizations
Revised Romanization?haeche
Revised Romanization (translit.)?haeche
McCune–Reischauer?haech'e
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 acquaintences. 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)