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.
Percentage. The term is the transliteration of the English term “percent”. It is more commonly used colloquially.
- The term “巴仙” originated from English and is often used in the everyday conversations of Southeast Asian Chinese. Before the Second World War, the term was also widely in use in Chinese newspapers, but it is less commonly used today. In addition, the phrase “one hundred percent” (一百巴仙) is a fixed phrase, which has the meaning of “definitely” or “fully”.
Besides a cash rebate of up to 20 percent from participating stores, cardholders can also enjoy an additional cash rebate of 0.3 percent when they shop at any store at these 12 shopping malls.（Shin Min Daily News，9/3/2006）
TERMS USED IN OTHER REGIONS