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.

takeaway
打包
dă bāo
tau suan
豆爽
dòu shuǎng
taxi
德士
dé shì
television channel
波道
bō dào
Thaipusam
大宝森节
dà bǎo sēn jié
Tiong Bahru
中峇鲁
zhōng bā lŭ
tips
贴士
tiē shì
to cane
打鞭
dǎ biān
To date somebody (colloquially known as paktor)
拍拖
pāi tuō
to rest and recharge
充电
chōng diàn
Total Defence Day
全面防卫日
quán miàn fáng wèi rì
Town Council
市镇理事会
shì zhèn lǐ shì huì