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.
A type of medicinal oil, specially formulated to provide relief from flatulence.
A school that offers education and skills training to children with special needs.
A mini motorcycle installed with a low seat and a floorboard. The term is the transliteration of the English word “scooter”.
A popular dessert in Southeast Asia consisting mainly of coconut/palm sugar (gula melaka) and coconut milk. It is the transliteration of the Malay word "cendol”.
shí wù / zhí wù
Food / Plants
shè qún / tuán tǐ
Communities / Organisations
Legal / Politics
dì lǐ xiāng guān