Singaporean Mandarin Database

This database contains a collection of Mandarin terms which have cultural, historical or sentimental value unique to Singapore. These terms may be used by Singaporeans in the past or at present. Some of the terms are read in print while others are used in our everyday conversations.

hóng

pái

chē

Definition

A car that can be used during off-peak hours. The Mandarin name literally translates as “red plate car”, as this type of cars uses red car plates with white lettering.

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chū

xué

yuàn

Definition

An institution which provides post-secondary education, in preparation for university.

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hóng

guī

粿

guǒ

Definition

A snack or pastry (known as kueh) made from glutinous rice. The Mandarin name literally translates as “red tortoise cake”, named after its red-coloured skin made from flour and imprinted with a tortoise pattern.

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zhì

xué

xiào

Definition

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Definition

  1. Derogatory term for a nosy person.
  2. A person who is meddlesome and loves to gossip.
  3. Used to describe a person who is nosy or meddlesome.

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