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.

qīng

guǐ

liè

chē

Definition

Lightweight trains that run on tracks.

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wàn

piào

Definition

A type of gambling in the form of a lottery draw.

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jiā

lóng

Definition

A person who collects old and unwanted items. The term is the transliteration of the Malay word karung guni.

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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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shì

zhuǎn

huàn

zhàn

Definition

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

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