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.

busybody (colloquially known as kaypoh)
鸡婆
jī pó
cheers (as a toast, colloquially known as yumseng)
饮胜
yǐn shèng
downtown
坡底
pō dǐ
go downtown
下坡
xià pō
To date somebody (colloquially known as paktor)
拍拖
pāi tuō
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