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.

赌船
dǔ chuán
gambling ship
独立候选人
dú lì hòu xuǎn rén
independent candidate
独立式洋房
dú lì shì yang fáng
detached house
度岁金
dù suì jīn
lunar new year gifts for senior citizens
多多
duō duō
TOTO (lottery)
多元种族
duō yuán zhǒng zú
Multi-racial
二房式
èr fáng shì
2-Room Flats
二十间
èr shí jiān
area around Beach Road (colloquially known as dee zhap keng)
反嗜毒运动
fǎn shì dú yùn dòng
Anti-Drug Abuse Campaign
防火探热器
fáng huǒ tàn rè qì
smoke detector
防空所
fáng kōng suǒ
bomb shelter
飞禽公园
fēi qín gōng yuán
Bird Park
菲佣
fēi yōng
Filipino domestic helper
分层地契
fēn céng dì qì
Strata Title
风油
fēng yóu
medicated oil
浮脚屋
fú jiǎo wū
stilt house
妇女宪章
fù nǚ xiàn zhāng
Women's Charter
服务公寓
fú wù gōng yù
service apartment
咖喱卜
gā lí bo
curry puff
甘榜
gān băng
village (colloquially known as kampung)