大意 (dà yì): Translation, Pronunciation and Example Sentences

The Chinese word 大意 is often translated as “general idea” or “main point”. It refers to the overall meaning or essence of something, such as a speech, article, or conversation. 大意 can also be used to describe a person’s attitude or approach towards something. For example, if someone says “我知道大意了”, it means “I understand the general idea”. Overall, 大意 is a commonly used term in Chinese communication and is important for conveying the key message or takeaway of a given situation.

Translation

Adjective: careless
Noun: general idea, main idea

Pronunciation

Example Sentences

ChinesePinyinEngish
他大意地看了一眼文件,然后签了字tā dàyì de kàn le yī yǎn wénjiàn, ránhòu qiān le zìHe glanced over the document carelessly and then signed it
我听不懂他的话,只能大意地猜测他的意思wǒ tīng bù dǒng tā de huà, zhǐ néng dàyì de cāicè tā de yìsiI couldn’t understand what he was saying, so I could only guess the general meaning of his words
这篇文章的大意是什么?zhè piān wénzhāng de dàyì shì shénme?What is the general idea of this article?
他只是听了一遍,就能大意地理解这首歌的歌词tā zhǐ shì tīng le yī biàn, jiù néng dàyì de lǐjiě zhè shǒu gē de gēcíHe could understand the lyrics of this song in general after listening to it only once
这个问题的大意是如何提高公司的销售额zhège wèntí de dàyì shì rúhé tígāo gōngsī de xiāoshòu’éThe general idea of this problem is how to increase the company’s sales revenue
他写的这篇文章大意清晰,很容易理解tā xiě de zhè piān wénzhāng dàyì qīngxī, hěn róngyì lǐjiěThe general idea of the article he wrote is clear and easy to understand

HSK

大意 is part of HSK Level 6 in HSK 2.0. In the newer HSK 3.0 it is part of HSK Level 7-9.

Learning Card

Learning card for Chinese word 大意 with Pinyin and English Translation