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.

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释义

名词

新加坡实龙岗路(Serangoon Road)一带的地区,具有浓厚的印度风情。

DEFINITION

Noun

An area along Serangoon Road, which embodies Indian heritage and culture.

由来

  • 小印度主要指的是实龙岗路一带的道路。
  • 早在1820年代,来自印度的移民就陆续来到新加坡,但实龙岗路并不是他们最早落脚的地方,而是马吉街 (Market Street) 与珠烈街 (Chulia Street) 一带。到了1880年代,由于印度移民人口逐渐增加,实龙岗路成了他们的另一个落脚之处。
  • 小印度的一些路名都和牛有关系,例如加宝路 (Kerbau Road) 的“加宝”是马来语“水牛”的意思、伦布路 (Lembu Road) 则是马来语“牛”的意思。
  • 早期的小印度不只是印度人居住和生活的地方。跑马埔路 (Race Course Road) 是本地第一家赛马场所,当时吸引了各种族的人前去,尤其是来自上流社会的欧洲人。从这一带的南洛街 (Dunlop Street)、加富路 (Cuff Road)、德斯加路 (Desker Road)等路名,都显示欧洲族群曾在小印度逗留过。
  • 在小印度能看到代表各种族的宗教场所,其中包括南洛街的阿都卡夫回教堂 (Masjid Abdul Gaffoor)、位于霹雳路 (Perak Road) 的真光堂(Church of the True Light)和甘榜加卜卫理公会(Kampong Kapor Methodist Church)。

ETYMOLOGY

  • Little India mainly refers to the area along Serangoon Road.
  • In the 1820s, migrants from India arrived in Singapore. However, they did not first settle at Serangoon Road, but in the area around Market Street and Chulia Street. During the 1880s, as the number of Indian migrants continued to grow, Serangoon Road became another area where they settled at.
  • Some roads in Little India have names associated with cattle. For example, the “kerbau” in Kerbau Road is Malay for “bullock”, and the “lembu” in Lembu Road is Malay for “cow”.
  • In the early days, Little India was not just a place where Indians to reside in. Race Course Road is Singapore’s first horse racing turf. It attracted people from all races, especially the upper echelon of the European society. Street names like Dunlop Road, Cuff Road, Desker Road were legacies from Europeans residing in the Little India area.
  • In Little India, there are many places of worship for different religions. They include the Masjid Abdul Gaffoor on Dunlop Road, Church of the True Light on Perak Road and the Kampong Kapor Methodist Church.

例句

原是经济系大学生的26岁孟加拉客工,因哥哥失业又不忍父亲卖地,借了6500元付中介来本地当电工,如今在小印度办客工图书馆,让数百名客工受惠。(《新明日报》,28/1/2019)

SAMPLE SENTENCE

The 26-year-old Bangladeshi worker was once an Economics undergraduate. When his brother lost his job, he didn’t want his father to sell their family land. He borrowed $6,500 to pay an agent in order to work as an electrician in Singapore. He now operates a library for foreign workers in Little India, which benefitted hundreds of immigrant workers. (Shin Min Daily News, 28/1/2019)

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