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Why I love playing Mah Jongg?


The sound of the clicking tiles that beckon me to table, the ancient history and widespread play of the game, my old Mah Jongg set with year 1964 playing card inside,  friendships that have strengthened through play, the brain stimulation and improved memory function, the ritual of wall building, the tradition of tile passing and arranging, the appealing rhythmic patterns of Hands on the playing card, the triumphant declaration of “Maj” on a winning Hand-- these are among the myriad reasons that I truly appreciate and relish playing the game of Mah Jongg!

Why I love teaching Mah Jongg? 

I am passionate and motivated to teach Mah Jongg for: 

  • the opportunity to share my knowledge and utilize creative methods of instruction while strictly adhering to the National Mah Jongg League rules of play

  • the gratification I feel when my students fully understand and successfully learn the rules and procedures of play

  • the"aha"moments when the conventions of the game become second nature to my novice students

  • the engagement of veteran players in discussions and advanced learning techniques for both offensive and defensive strategy  

Clicking Clacking Clattering

Mixing Building Counting

Cutting Dealing Gathering

Arranging Organizing Choosing


Picking Racking Discarding

Listening Looking Planning

Grouping Changing Rearranging

Calling Exposing Double-checking

Redeeming Strategizing Waiting

Winning  Declaring Mah Jongg!!

Daron Barness

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May 01, 2023

In today’s episode Daron Barness shares her overview of the new card In addition she will talk in depth about rhythms and patterns. Daron’s new card worksheets are a great tool to learn the 2023 card. Go grab your card, a pen and paper to take notes!

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May 11, 2020

This week, Fern sits down with Daron Barness to discuss patterns and rhythms in the varying hands of the 2020 card.

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Feb 1,2021

Join Fern and mah jongg instructor Daron Barness discuss the Charleston, the sequential passing of tiles that occurs during American style mah jongg. Learn about the 1920s, when mah jongg made its debut for the American consumer and became all the rage along with pixie haircuts, flapper dresses, Jazz and the dance craze called the Charleston.

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