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.

jiào yù
Education
高才班
gāo cái bān
Gifted Education Programme
工艺教育学院
gōng yì jiào yù xué yuàn
Institute of Technical Education (ITE)
shè huì
Social
公共假日
gōng gòng jià rì
public holiday
公积金
gōng jī jīn
Central Provident Fund (CPF)
共享住宿
gòng xiǎng zhù sù
co-living
公益金
gōng yì jīn
Community Chest
工作准证
gōng zuò zhǔn zhèng
work permit
购兴
gòu xìng
buyer interest
骨痛溢血热症
gǔ tòng yì xuè rè zhèng
dengue fever
官式访问
guān shì fǎng wèn
official visit
国庆敬礼仪式
guó qìng jìng lǐ yí shì
National Day observance ceremony
shí wù/zhí wù
Food/Plants
咖喱卜
gā lí bo
curry puff
高丽菜
gāo lì cài
cabbage
粿条
guǒ tiáo
kway teow
shēng huó
Speech
敢敢
gǎn gǎn
daringly
搞掂
gǎo diān
to get something done (colloquially known as gao dim)
割车
gē chē
overtake
公司
gōng sī
share (colloquially known as kong see))
固打
gù dǎ
quota
shè qún/tuán tǐ
Communities/Organisations
共和联邦
gòng hé lián bāng
Commonwealth of Nations