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.

蔡厝港
cài cuò gǎng
Choa Chu Kang
财副
cái fù
clerk
财路
cái lù
General Interbank Recurring Order (GIRO)
长堤
cháng dī
Causeway
常任秘书
cháng rèn mì shū
Permanent Secretary
吃风
chī fēng
to travel or have a vacation overseas (colloquially known as jiak hong)
充电
chōng diàn
to rest and recharge
初级学院
chū jí xué yuàn
junior college
储值购物卡
chǔ zhì gòu wù kǎ
Stored-value cards
船民
chuán mín
boat people
川行
chuān xíng
to describe a vehicle moving
传召
chuán zhào
Subpoena
春到河畔迎新年
chūn dào hé pàn yíng xīn nián
River Hong Bao