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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tōng

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A smart card used primarily for the payment of public transportation fares. The Chinese character “卡” (kǎ) is the transliteration of the English word “card”.

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pāi

tuō

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qīng

guǐ

liè

chē

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Lightweight trains that run on tracks.

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huì

dăng

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A secret organisation, in which the members are bound to certain rules by a blood oath. The formation of these organisations were based on relations (such as blood relations, village/geographical relations, or same profession), and build camaraderie as an organisation in secrecy. These organisations were usually involved in criminal activities such as extortion, drug trafficking, prostitution and illegal gambling dens. The term is a paraphrase of the English term “secret society”.

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