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

在新加坡泛指工作的意思。

DEFINITION

Noun

The Mandarin term “做工” is commonly used in Singapore to refer to working.

由来

在新加坡,白领和蓝领的工作,都称为做工。其实 “做工”主要是指从事体力劳动的蓝领工作,对于办公室的工作或使用脑力的工作,应说“工作”。
  • 中国大陆所指的“做工”有两个意思,一指从事工业、手工业等体力劳动的工作,或者是指手艺制作的质量,如做工精细等。
  • ETYMOLOGY

    • In Singapore, the term “做工” is used to refer to work performed by both white-collar and blue-collar workers. Actually, “做工” mainly refers to the labour performed by blue-collar workers. The corresponding Mandarin term for office work or more intellectual labour is “工作”. 

    • The term “做工” has two meanings in Mainland China. The first refers to work that requires physical labour, such as industrial work, or handicraft work. The second refers to the quality of craftsmanship. For example, “做工精细” means fine workmanship. 

    例句

    边读书边做工逐渐成为我国主流学习渠道之一,随着新兴领域的工读计划不断扩大,本地大专学府将推出四个与电脑,生物医药科技和媒体相关的工读文凭课程,未来两年提供的学额超过140个。(《联合早报》,13/08/2020)

    SAMPLE SENTENCE

    Working while studying has become one of the main ways through which people pursue an education in Singapore. As the work-study programme continues to be expanded in emerging sectors, local institutes of higher learning will be rolling out four work-study diploma courses related to computing, biomedical technology and media. More than 140 vacancies will be offered over the next two years. (Lianhe Zaobao, 13/08/2020)

    其他地区用语

    工作(大陆)

    TERMS USED IN OTHER REGIONS

    工作 (Mainland China)

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