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.

dǎng

biān

Definition

In the Parliament of Singapore, the Party Whip ensures discipline of party members. Also known as “党督” in Mandarin.

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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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fēi

qín

gōng

yuán

Definition

A park and tourist attraction that specialises in the care and breeding of birds.

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huáng

zhèn

Definition

A housing estate located in the southwestern part of central Singapore.

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zhǔ

xué

xiào

Definition

A school with flexibility to decide on education matters, such as school fees, school curriculum, academic and non-academic programmes.

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