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.

shè huì
Social
阿嫂杀手
ā sǎo shā shǒu
aunty charmer
爱它死
ài tā sǐ
ecstasy (drug)
爱之病
ài zhī bìng
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
按柜金
àn guì jīn
deposit
岸外银行
àn wài yín háng
offshore bank
shè qún/tuán tǐ
Communities/Organisations
阿兵哥
ā bīng gē
National Serviceman
阿姐
ā jiě
top actress
阿窿
ā lόng
loan shark
阿明阿莲
ā míng ā lián
hooligan (colloquially known as ah beng ah lian)
暗牌
àn pái
plainclothes police officer
dì lǐ xiāng guān
Places
安老院
ān lǎo yuàn
old folks' home