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.

běn

Definition

Similar to “ticket”. The term is the transliteration of the English word “coupon”.

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xīn

jiā

lìng
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chū

xué

yuàn

Definition

An institution which provides post-secondary education, in preparation for university.

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chuán

tou

Definition

An area on the southern bank of the Singapore River. In the early years, it served as a quay for mooring boats, hence the name “Boat Quay”.

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xiǎo

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