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.

基层领袖
jī céng lǐng xiù
grassroots leaders
加龙古尼
jiā lóng gǔ ní
rag-and-bone man (colloquially known as karung guni)
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)