Singaporean Mandarin Database

This database contains a collection of Mandarin terms which have cultural, historical or sentimental value unique to Singapore. Some of these terms are more commonly read in print while others are often used in our everyday conversations.

a group that organises activities for Hungry Ghost Festival
中元会
zhōng yuán huì
Chinese Development Assistance Council(CDAC)
华社自助理事会
huá shè zì zhù lǐ shì huì
Clan Association
宗乡会馆
zōng xiāng huì guǎn
Filipino domestic helper
菲佣
fēi yōng
foreign workers
客工
kè gong
Government-Linked Companies (GLC)
政联公司
zhèng lián gōng sī
grassroots leaders
基层领袖
jī céng lǐng xiù
Housing and Development Board (HDB)
建屋发展局
jiàn wū fā zhǎn jú
loan shark
阿窿
ā lόng
Merdeka Generation
立国一代
lì guó yí dài
Operationally Ready National Serviceman
战备军人
zhàn bèi jūn rén
People's Association (PA)
人民协会
rén mín xié huì
Permanent Resident (PR)
永久居民
yǒng jiǔ jū mín
Pioneer Generation
建国一代
jiàn guó yí dài
secret society
私会党
sī huì dăng
senior
乐龄
lè líng
Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF)
民防部队
mín fáng bù duì
Town Council
市镇理事会
shì zhèn lǐ shì huì
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