Believe me when I say I’ve tried explaining Singlish terms to foreign friends and all I got were puzzled faces. But that’s one of my favourite parts about being Singaporean — our culture is quirky and unlike any other.

So, here are 25 things that may seem completely odd to others but make perfect sense if you grew up on the little red dot 🇸🇬! But instead of the usual listicle, let’s have some fun through this 25-question quiz!

*Screenshot your results and share it with us in the comments section of this Facebook post! We’d love to know 😛

Note: Your total score will appear at the end once you’ve completed all 25 questions. (Give it a few seconds to do the math)


Who sang the NDP song Home?

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The National Day Parade (NDP) song Home was composed by Dick Lee and first performed by Kit Chan at the 1998 NDP.

Which Singlish word is used to describe competitiveness?

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Chope: to reserve something, Atas: to describe something that is posh or high social status, Sabo: to sabotage

Which of these malls is NOT located along Orchard Road?

Orchard Road Ion Orchard - Singaporean Quiz Visit Singapore
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The iconic Sar-vivor rap was performed by Phua Chu Kang in 2003. Almost two decades later, the song is still a strong part of our local culture. Fill in the blanks of this verse of the PCK rap.

Phua Chu Kang SARvivor Rap - Singaporean Quiz
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If you haven't heard of this rap, you're seriously missing out. Check it out here:

What colour is the North East Line on the MRT map?

Fine signage at MRT station of Singapore - Reasons to love and hate Singapore 新加坡
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If you get this wrong, are you even Singaporean?

Fill in the blank of these Singlish terms.

Kanchiong Spider - Singaporean Quiz
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Which of these is not a film directed by Jack Neo?

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You want to get to Sentosa. Which train station should you stop at?

Sentosa Beach - Outdoor activities in Singapore
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Here’s a playground rhyme that’s sure to bring back memories. It’ll sound like utter nonsense to foreigners but we Singaporeans know what’s up 😉.

Oya payya som chant - Singaporean Quiz
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What's the name of Singapore's main English lifestyle channel?

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At the coffee shop, you’re about to order Iced Black Coffee with Less Sugar. What should you say?

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O: Black with sugar, C: Evaporated milk and sugar instead of condensed milk, Kosong: No sugar or milk added, Gah Dai: Extra-condensed milk, Xiu Dai: Less sugar, Po: Thinner coffee, Peng: Iced

The National Physical Fitness Award (NAPFA) test is a compulsory fitness test all Singaporeans go through in primary and secondary school. How many test stations are there?

Office Exercise - Travel for a living
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There are six stations total! Sit and reach, sit-ups, pull-ups, shuttle run, standing broad jump and the 1.6km/2.4km run.

Many of us learnt the song “Singapore Town” in primary school. It was released in 1967 by The Sidaislers. Complete the lyrics of this verse.

Singapore Town - Singaporean Quiz
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All male citizens and permanent residents must serve as a full-time National Serviceman (NSF) for two years before ORD. What does ORD stand for?

SAF Passing Out Parade - Singaporean Quiz @oursingaporearmy via Facebook
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Which of these celebrities is Singaporean?

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JJ Lin is a Singaporean Mandopop singer-songwriter who made his debut in 2003. Since then, he's released 13 albums and gone on several world tours!

Joseph Schooling made history by clinching Singapore’s first-ever Olympic gold in Rio 2016 for the 100m butterfly. Which brand is Schooling NOT an ambassador of?

Joseph Schooling Rio 2016 Gold - Singaporean Quiz @josephschooling via Instagram
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Country erasers are a childhood favourite for many Singaporeans. How is it meant to be played?

Country Erasers - Singaporean Quiz Plaza Singapura
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Who is the winner of the first Singapore Idol?

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How well do you know your Singlish? Fill in the blanks of this lunchtime conversation such that it makes sense.

Lunchtime Conversations - Singaporean Quiz
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What do these three words have in common?

Names of bruises - Singaporean Quiz
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Just another prime example of our colourful language.

What is the name of the official residence of the President of the Republic of Singapore?

The Istana - Singaporean Quiz Visit Singapore
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Which of these brands were founded by Singaporeans?

Please select 3 correct answers

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Giordano was founded in Hong Kong in 1981 while Bata was founded in Czechoslovakia in 1894.

In 2000, there was a fight that resulted in property damage and seven injured. What was the cause of the riot?

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Back in 2000, McDonald's released the first of its six sets of Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel dolls in different ethnic wedding costumes on Jan 1. Several outlets had long lines that began as early as 6AM and Hello Kitty fans queued for hours. The long wait resulted in a couple of fights and the shattering of a glass door at one of the outlets.

When do Singaporeans get to watch the NDP rehearsal for free with their classmates?

National Day Parade - Singaporean Quiz Koh Mui Fong/TODAY
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It was part of our daily routine to sing the national anthem during morning assembly back in school. How many of us actually know the correct lyrics?

National Anthem - Singaporean Quiz
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Quiz: Are You Even Singaporean?
The Results Are In!

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Share your Results:

Scoring Chart

0-5: Not sure if you grew up in Singapore or grew up in your own bubble.
This grade is not something to be proud of. Shame on you.
Like not here not there leh, time to brush up on your Singaporean culture.
Okay lah not too bad, still can make it.
Confirm plus chop you’re a Singaporean 🙂

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  1. Hahaha! I met an online friend during this COVID-19 crisis. He is from Singapore. I meet him online we are teammates and he always says “Lah” on his every last sentence. I ask him why Singaporeans are like that, and he explained it to me. My quiz score is 3. Thank you very much for sharing this! Stay safe!

    • We Singaporeans indeed have a quirky culture Singlish can be pretty hard to understand but it’s a fun “language”! Stay safe too mate!


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