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.
The Mandarin term “做工” is commonly used in Singapore to refer to working.
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.
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)
TERMS USED IN OTHER REGIONS