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"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

About 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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Original edition (June 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080483878X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804838788
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (405 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Customer Reviews

Ordered this book and have been reading all week.
Clarice Parry
I would recommend any beginner to read this book while learning to play Mah Jongg.
kateri
It is written clearly and is very easy to understand.
Ceejayem

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

153 of 153 people found the following review helpful By bb on September 19, 2007
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As a Mah jongg instructor, I try to read everything I can about the game in order to help my students learn more easily. After reading this book, all I can say is if you are interested in learning to play Mah Jongg buy this book!! It will help you. It is clearly written, beautifully illustrated, and understandable by the most beginner of beginners. It will also help you later as you improve your game. Handy for experienced players too, as it will clarify many misunderstandings people may have when playing. Go forth and Mahj! BB
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82 of 82 people found the following review helpful By W. Ching on July 8, 2007
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Of the five books I've purchased this one is without a doubt written for the beginner. And, it will be useful for as long as I play the game of Mah Jongg! This is a very easy book to follow. And, if you do the exercises you will learn the game or become a better player.[[ASIN:080483878X Beginner's Guide to American Mah Jongg: How to Play the Game & Win
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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Linda H. LaCroix on November 16, 2007
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I have been playing American Maj Jongg for over a year. This book provides well written easy to follow explanations and instructions for novice as well as others who have some experience. The author provides quizes to help the reader check his understanding at the end of each chapter. The best parts of the book for me were the exercises he provided for individuals to practice such skills as chosing what hand to try to play from the card. You can't go wrong with this book if you want to play American Maj Jongg (National or American).
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Sally Kerr on April 15, 2008
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This is an excellent book for beginners and great for those who have been taught by others but need more insight into the correct procedures of playing the game. The print is large, the color of the tiles is clear, and the format is such that each step is clearly understood. Exercises are given to help a person experience what is written. At the end of each section is a quiz to determine how well the material was absorbed. I highly recommend this book for an easy explanation of the game and the rules.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Sandra K on January 24, 2008
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Due to a printing error, a few copies of this book had some color problems of the kind that P. Radcliffe mentions. The good news is, if your copy is problematic, you may return it to the publisher for an exchange. There's no reason to miss out on this book--it really makes the game fun, even for a true beginner like me!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pamela P. Smith on November 23, 2008
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I have looked at and purchased more Mahjongg books than I want to admit to. American Mahjongg really brought it home to me. It is a basic step by step book that everyone can understand. There are no gaps here, it's all laid out in plain English. If you are learning to play the game and don't have an instructor by your side, this is a book you can comprehend and depend on to help you play your best game.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Spatt on September 15, 2008
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I recently purchased American Mah Jongg book with two goals in mind. My first goal was to refresh myself, since I have not played for several years. The other goal was to teach my friends how to play in a manner that is easy, informative and fun. The Mah Jongg book is written in an easy format, provides history and actually provides me with order to how I teach the game. A Great Buy!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joy10694 on April 6, 2012
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Let me start by saying that I think the content of this book is great, the problem lies in the conversion to kindle. Prior to buying I read in another review that the person felt they made a mistake in buying the kindle version because you could not see the colors (the colors are essential to learning this game) but I thought that downloading it to my PC would solve that problem since the little bit of the book that I was able to review in advance showed color. Plus the other reviews were several years old so I figured the problem would have been resolved by now.
After downloading it I discovered that although the illustrations were in color, the print copy was all in black which made it impossible to follow the explanations being given. When they are referring to red, green and blue and all you see is black, that is not at all helpful.
Also the book contains an older version of a score sheet which is referred to in all the examples. While it states that the book has one you can cut out to refer to as you read along, the kindle version, of course, does not offer this option. The score sheet is included in the kindle version and is in color but is so small it is unreadable. I could make the book text print as large as I liked but the score card illustration stayed the same size no matter what. Again, not useful.
I returned the kindle version for a refund and ordered the hard copy. Can't wait for it to arrive. LOVE the content, hate the kindle version.
August 14, 2012
To be fair I want to edit my review of this book after having used the hard copy version for several months now. I used this book to self-teach myself and a few friends . . . all of us new to the game. We found this book to be an excellent source of information as well as being easy to follow.
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