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.

yìn

jiān

bǐng

Definition

A type of pancake from India which is popular in Singapore and Malaysia.

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míng

Definition

The changing of an owner’s name and giving one’s possession rights to the others.

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jiā

jĭng

chá

tuán

Definition

Nepalese soldiers hired as mercenaries.

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yuè

tái

Definition

An open-air concert held during the Hungry Ghost Festival, which falls on the seventh month of the lunar calendar. It features performances by singers and music bands, with humorous banter from the emcees in between performances. It is a very popular art form among local folks.

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gāo

jià

gōng

Definition

  1. A road that is erected above ground.
  2. Generally refers to a bridge connecting sections of roads or expressways.

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