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.

怕输
pà shū
afraid of losing to others (colloquially known as kiasu)
拍拖
pāi tuō
To date somebody (colloquially known as paktor)
排屋
pái wū
terrace house
骗话
piàn huà
lies
品格与公民教育
pǐn gé yǔ gōng mín jiào yù
Character and Citizenship Education (CCE)
坡底
pō dǐ
downtown
普通级
pǔ tōng jí
Films granted a “general” rating
普通自动售票机
pǔ tōng zì dòng shòu piào jī
General Ticketing Machine