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The Chinese word da - 大 - dà
(big in Chinese)

Phonetic script (Hanyu Pinyin)

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English translations

big, large, loud, strong, heavy,

Chinese character and stroke order animation"How do I write 大 ( dà ) correctly?"

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Chinese characters  ( da / dà ) with pronunciation (English translation: big )
The traditional Chinese characters of are identical with the modern (simplified) characters displayed above.
Chinese Pinyin example sentence with 大 ( da / dà ) Writing in Pinyin
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If you cannot use Chinese characters, it is preferable to use the Pinyin with tones. Only use the Pinyin without tones if there's no other option (e.g. writing a text message from/to a mobile phone that doesn't support special characters such as ā, í, ŏ, ù).

Zheme da de xigua!
Zhème dà de xīguā!

 – English translation: What a big water melon!

Usage as a radical
大 can also be used as a radical, i.e. as a sub-component of a Chinese character. It is then called dàzìpáng or dăzìtóu.

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大 ( da / dà ) belongs to the 50 most common Chinese characters (rank 13)
Chinese example words containing the character 大 ( da / dà )
安大略 ( Āndàlüè = Ontario ), 澳大利亚 ( Àodàlìyà = Australia ), 百货大楼 ( băihuòdàlóu = department store ), 波哥大 ( Bōgēdà = Bogota ), 车站大厅 ( chēzhàndàtīng = station hall ), 大便 ( dàbiàn = stool ), 大床房 ( dàchuángfáng = room with king bed ), 大地 ( dàdì = earth ), 大调 ( dàdiào = major ), 大概 ( dàgài = perhaps ), 大哥 ( dàgē = elder brother ), 大海 ( dàhăi = sea ), 大会 ( dàhuì = general meeting ), 大夫 ( dàifu = doctor ), 大家 ( dàjiā = everyone ), 打老鼠 ( dàlăoshŭ = rat ), 大量 ( dàliàng = many ) 大陆 ( dàlù = continent )
More words that mean large in Chinese
shuò ( 硕 )

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