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.

bǎo

jiàn

chǔ

Definition

A national medical savings scheme where both employees and employers are legally required to make contributions, which can be used to pay for medical expenses.

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shì

zhuǎn

huàn

zhàn

Definition

A transport hub for large public vehicles (buses) to begin or end bus routes.

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wèi

sài

jié

Definition

A day to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and nirvana of Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism. This is also a public holiday in Singapore.

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yāo

jié

Definition

The largest and most important festival celebrated by Singaporean Indians, also known as the Festival of Lights. A public holiday in Singapore.

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yìn

jiān

bǐng

Definition

A type of pancake from India which is popular in Singapore and Malaysia.

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