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
荣誉学位
róng yù xué wèi
honours degree
shè huì
Social
热裤
rè kù
hot pants
shí wù/zhí wù
Food/Plants
肉脞面
ròu cuǒ miàn
bak chor mee
肉骨茶
ròu gŭ chá
bak kut teh
shēng huó
Speech
日行一善计划
rì xíng yī shàn jì huà
Singapore Kindness Movement
shè qún/tuán tǐ
Communities/Organisations
人民协会
rén mín xié huì
People's Association (PA)
fǎ zhèng
Legal/Politics
入禀
rù bǐng
file (for)
dì lǐ xiāng guān
Places
惹兰
rě lán
road (colloquially known as jalan)
如切
rú qiè
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