A Beginner's Guide to American Mah Jongg: How to Play the Game & Win

A Beginner's Guide to American Mah Jongg: How to Play the Game & Win

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by Elaine Sandberg, Tom Sloper
     
 

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Learn the fascinating game of American Mahjong with this expert guide.

This affordable best selling book is the only available game strategy guide that is specifically geared toward American Mahjong (Mah Jongg) and follows the official National Mah Jongg League rules. Offering first-time players an easy-to-follow guide to this complex game, A Beginner's

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Learn the fascinating game of American Mahjong with this expert guide.

This affordable best selling book is the only available game strategy guide that is specifically geared toward American Mahjong (Mah Jongg) and follows the official National Mah Jongg League rules. Offering first-time players an easy-to-follow guide to this complex game, A Beginner's Guide to American Mah Jongg includes simple, easy-to-follow instructions and clear diagrams to walk the reader through each step of the game, including how to select a hand, how to play and how to develop winning strategies. A key feature is the color text which clearly show various hands and tiles.

This Mahjong guide includes:

  • Step-by-step instructions for game play.
  • Hands-on "Do It" exercises
  • Tips and quizzes for easy learning
  • Mahjong background and history
  • An explanation of tile symbolism
  • Glossary of Mahjong terms
A Beginner's Guide to American Mah Jongg is the perfect guide for all skill levels to learn Mahjong—from Mahjong beginners to pros.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Clearly written and well illustrated with numerous examples. Any American public library serving a community with active mah jongg groups will want Sandberg's." —Library Journal

"Finally, novices have a tool to help them through the learning curve...Armed with the knowledge gained from this book, you can join a game with other players, confident that you are up to the challenge." —Tom Sloper, Game designer and producer; International Mah Jongg Consultant

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804838788
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Publication date:
06/28/2007
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
47,619
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Elaine Sandberg has been a mah jongg instructor for many years. She has taught American mah jongg for Holland America Cruise Lines and currently teaches classes in the Los Angeles area.

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Beginner's Guide to American Mah Jongg 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
quiltinggrammy More than 1 year ago
This manual is easy to read and understand. It has wonderful exercises to help you test your knowledge after each chapter, so used in conjuction with a game you can practice on your own. I have trouble learning from manuals but this one is fantastic.
AttiSoph More than 1 year ago
Not just for beginners but for EVERYONE. Ms. Sandberg adds humor and some "duh" moments to her book. Have played Mah Jongg since the mid-70's, and when you play with people from all over the country, you're bound to come up with a different view. We just pull out the book and within seconds we have the answer. Don't leave home to play Mah Jongg without it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an excellent tool in learning how to play mah jongg for the first time.
crnacrna More than 1 year ago
Easy to understand, and great for self-study.
Lynn-G More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was well-written, understandable and informative. I used this book as a "refresher course" as I havent played in awhile and was joining a local group of players. This book did not "miss a trick". I especially enjoyed the self-testing areas - it was a way of testing your absorption and a wonderful review on each section. The sections follow one another consecutively and when finished the book - you are well on to your way of not only playng, but strategies and ways to play and improve picking out your hand with confidence. I recommend this book to all beginners.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for those who are looking to start playing Mah Jongg. It takes you through the history of the game as well as strategies that you can start using right away. You will learn everything you need to know, and even some things that you might not. But you walk away with knowing each of the tiles and exercises that will help you pick up how to play faster.
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hockeygranny More than 1 year ago
This book was very helpful to me in learning to play Mah Jongg, more so than the ladies who were trying to teach me play. The explanations are clearly written and the exercises are worth taking the time to do.I recommend it for anyone who wants to learn the game quickly.
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ldynred More than 1 year ago
This book is highly recommended. I'm presently learning how to play Mah Jongg and this book is easy to understand and is assisting me with those lessons. If you want to learn how to play this is the book to purchase.
GrannyRack More than 1 year ago
This is the best book for a new MahJongg players. Easy to understand with lots of examples, and advice on strategy. I have both a hard copy and one on my nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was a lot of help in learning to play Mah Jongg
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TheShirl More than 1 year ago
I have used this book for the past several years to teach mahjongg. It is well organized with chapter summaries and quizzes to make it understandable and encourage progressive learning. While I have added a few exercises of my own to enhance the students familiarity with the tiles and procedures, this book is easy to follow and allows easy referral for questions (after the student has gone home and needs to look up something).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Found it very helpful and useful as a learing guide.
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