What’s the Deal with Mah-jong? (「麻雀」知多少)

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What’s the Deal with Mah-jong?

By Jacobus DU PLESSIS (HSBC Prosperity Hall)
Image: www.thestar.com

Have you ever walked past your common room and heard a loud clanging, laughing and the occasional expletive? Chances are your floormates were playing a game of mah-jong and if you are anything like me, you had no idea what it was all about!

What is it?

Mah-jong is a game that originated in China about somewhere between 200 to 2,500 years ago (no one actually knows). The game is similar to the Western card game of Rummy, but is played with a 144 tiles based on Chinese characters and symbols. Players draw tiles until they have a winning “hand” tiles.

Why should you play it?

Although, mah-jong looks awfully intimidating at first it is, in reality, a very simple game. Not only will you learn some basic Chinese characters through playing the game, it is also a great way to get social with the local people of Hong Kong. So what are you waiting for?

(Important Note: Mahjong is prohibited in some residence halls 24/7 or during specific hours. Please check your hall rules first before starting a game to avoid violation to hall rules:http://www.cityu.edu.hk/sro/htm/e_policies_hallrules.htm)

「麻雀」知多少

文: Jacobus DU PLESSIS(滙豐業昕堂)
譯: 胡靖雅(滙豐業昕堂)
圖: www.thestar.com

你有沒有遇見這樣一種情況:經過交誼室,聽見裡面響亮的“哐哐”聲,笑聲,和時不時的一句抱怨?很有可能你的層友在玩一個叫「麻雀」的遊戲。你是不是和我一樣,對麻雀也一頭霧水呢?

麻雀是什麼?

麻雀起源於中國,距今大概有200至2,500年歷史(沒有人確切地知道)。它和西方的紙牌遊戲拉米很像,但是麻雀用的是144張根據中國文字和符號演化而來的牌。玩家們摸牌出牌,直到拿到最後贏的那張。

為什麼要打麻雀?

雖然麻雀初看上去困難得令人卻步,但事實上它很簡單。從中你不僅可以學到一些中文,它還是一個可以增進與本地人溝通交流的好方法。所以你還在等什麼呢?

(注:部分舍堂在任何時間或特定時段禁止麻雀耍樂,在準備玩樂大戰四方城之前,請先拜讀貴舍堂相關規例,已確保自己和朋友在享樂的同時不會違反到宿舍規則:http://www.cityu.edu.hk/sro/tc_htm/tc_policies_hallrules.htm

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