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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.

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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guó

dài

Definition

Singaporeans born between 1 January 1950 and 31 December 1959 and became citizens on or before 31 December 1996.

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zhì

tuán

Definition

Co-curricular activity groups in primary and secondary schools in Singapore that inculcate a sense of discipline in students.

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bào

shēng

zhǐ

Definition

A document which records a person’s time and place of birth as well as their parents’ names.

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jǐng

cáo
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