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.

a group that organises activities for Hungry Ghost Festival
中元会
zhōng yuán huì
afraid of losing to others (colloquially known as kiasu)
怕输
pà shū
ang ku kueh
红龟粿
hóng guī guǒ
at least
打底
dǎ dĭ
attap house
亚答屋
yā dá wū
autonomous school
自治学校
zì zhì xué xiào