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.

建国一代
jiàn guó yí dài
Pioneer Generation
建屋发展局
jiàn wū fā zhǎn jú
Housing and Development Board (HDB)
讲华语运动
jiǎng huá yǔ yùn dòng
Speak Mandarin Campaign
街头党
jiē tóu dǎng
street gang
警曹
jǐng cáo
police sergeant
酒保
jiǔ bǎo
bartender
居民委员会
jū mín wěi yuan huì
Residents' Committee (RC)
客工
kè gong
migrant workers
客卿
kè qīng
visiting/guest
乐龄
lè líng
senior
立国一代
lì guó yí dài
Merdeka Generation
猎人头
liè rén tóu
headhunting
炉主
lú zhǔ
Censer Master
马坛
mǎ tán
horse racing community
民防部队
mín fáng bù duì
Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF)
欧亚裔
ōu yà yì
Eurasian
钱币兑换商
qián bì duì huàn shāng
money changer
全国工资理事会
quán guó gōng zī lǐ shì huì
National Wages Council
全国职工总会
quán guó zhí gōng zǒng huì
National Trades Union Congress(NTUC)
人民协会
rén mín xié huì
People's Association (PA)