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

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English translations

big, large, loud, strong, heavy,

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

The strokes that all Chinese characters are composed of are to be written in a certain order which has originally been defined by Chinese calligraphy. Writing all characters according to the same rules assures that their intended shape and style are generally preserved even if written by different writers.
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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
Before using this Pinyin example sentence, consider that Chinese characters should always be your first choice in written communication.
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.
Character complexity
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is composed of 3 strokes and therefore is of very low complexity compared to the other simplified Chinese characters (average: 13.1 strokes).

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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 )
大声 ( dàshēng = loud ), 大学 ( dàxué = university ), 大头针 ( dàtóuzhēn = pin ), 星际大战 ( xīngjìdàzhàn = Star Wars ), 车站大厅 ( chēzhàndàtīng = station hall ), 大约 ( dàyuē = approximately ), 大陆 ( dàlù = continent ), 大门 ( dàmén = gate ), 大使 ( dàshĭ = ambassador ), 大使馆 ( dàshĭguăn = embassy ), 大调 ( dàdiào = major ), 大床房 ( dàchuángfáng = room with king bed ), 长大 ( zhăngdà = to grow up ), 打老鼠 ( dàlăoshŭ = rat ), 百货大楼 ( băihuòdàlóu = department store ), 大小 ( dàxiăo = size ), 大家 ( dàjiā = everyone ), 大麻 ( dàmá = cannabis ), 大便 ( dàbiàn = stool ), 伟大 ( wĕidà = great ), 大衣 ( dàyī = overcoat )
More words that mean large in Chinese
shuò ( 硕 )

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