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)
菜燕
cài yàn
agar agar
草根
cǎo gēn
grassroots
测醉器
cè zuì qì
breathalyzer
茶乌
chá wū
teh-o
长堤
cháng dī
Causeway
唱片骑师
chàng piàn qí shī
disc jockey (DJ)
常任秘书
cháng rèn mì shū
Permanent Secretary
车厂
chē chǎng
depot
车匙
chē shí
car keys
乘搭
chéng dā
ride
吃风
chī fēng
to travel or have a vacation overseas (colloquially known as jiak hong)
充电
chōng diàn
to rest and recharge
冲凉
chōng liáng
take a shower
抽润
chōu rùn
resale levy
初级学院
chū jí xué yuàn
junior college
储值购物卡
chǔ zhì gòu wù kǎ
gift card
船民
chuán mín
boat people