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Mahjong in Chinese / Japanese...

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China má jiàng
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麻將 is the Chinese title for the game of mahjong.

Mahjong can also be spelled majiang, mah-jongg, and numerous other variants when played by people of other dialects. While the game originated in China, you will also find it played in Vietnam, South Korea and Japan.


China má què
Japan maa jan
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麻雀 is the common and specific name for a hemp sparrow bird in Chinese.

This was also the original name for the game known commonly as Mahjong. You will still see boxes of Mahjong tiles with the title 麻雀 for sparrow instead of the modern 麻將 in Southern China. This title is also used for Mahjong in Japan.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

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Japanese uma / ウマ
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Japanese {mahj} points paid and received at the end of a game of mahjong based on position (rank)



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Mandarin má jiàng / ma2 jiang4
Taiwan ma chiang
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Chinese mahjong; CL:副[fu4]


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Mandarin má què / ma2 que4
Taiwan ma ch`üeh / ma chüeh
Japanese maajan(p);maajan(ik);maajan(ik) / majan(p);majan(ik);majan(ik) / マージャン(P);まーじゃん(ik);まあじゃん(ik)
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Chinese sparrow; (dialect) mahjong
Japanese mahjong (chi:); mah-jongg

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Mandarin jiǔ / jiu3
Taiwan chiu
Japanese chuu / chu / チュー
Chinese nine; 9
Japanese (numeric) (クー, キュー or チュー in mahjong) nine (chi: jiǔ); (surname) Maru; (given name) Hisashi; (personal name) Hisa; (personal name) Chikashi; (personal name) Takashi; (surname) Sazarashi; (personal name) Kuran; (personal name) Kunori; (surname) Kuchinoku; (surname) Ku; (personal name) Kiyuu; (given name) Kyuu; (surname) Ichinoku; (surname, female given name) Ichijiku; (personal name) Atsumu; (given name) Atsumi
Navan; nava. Nine.

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Mandarin liù / liu4
Taiwan liu
Japanese ryuu / ryu / リュー
Chinese six; 6
Japanese (numeric) (ロー in mahjong) six (chi: liù); (surname, given name) Roku; (personal name) Renko; (personal name) Mutsusho; (surname) Mutsuzaki; (given name) Mutsu; (personal name) Mui; (personal name) Hasuko
ṣaṭ, ṣaḍ. Six.

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Mandarin/ yi4
Taiwan i
Japanese yaku / やく    eki;edachi / えき;えだち
Chinese forced labor; corvée; obligatory task; military service; to use as servant; to enserf; servant (old); war; campaign; battle
Japanese (n,n-suf) (1) use; service; role; (2) post; position; (3) scoring combination (e.g. in mahjong, card games, etc.); hand; (1) war; campaign; battle; (2) (archaism) unpaid work (ritsuryo system); forced labor; (given name) Mamoru; (personal name) Mamori; (surname) Oose; (surname) En; (surname) Eki

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Mandarin pái / pai2
Taiwan p`ai / pai
Japanese pai / パイ    hai / はい
Chinese mahjong tile; playing card; game pieces; signboard; plate; tablet; medal; CL:片[pian4],個|个[ge4],塊|块[kuai4]
Japanese (n,ctr) {mahj} tile (chi: pai); (1) medal; shield; badge; (2) (See 陀羅尼) card on which dharani (etc.) are written; (3) notice board (in a Zen temple); (4) (See 牌・パイ) tile (mahjong, dominos, etc.)

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Mandarin/ hu2
Taiwan hu
Japanese ko / こ
Chinese non-Han people, esp. from central Asia; reckless; outrageous; what?; why?; to complete a winning hand at mahjong (also written 和[hu2]); surname Hu
Japanese (archaism) barbarian tribes surrounding ancient China; (surname) Fu; (surname) Go; (surname) Kou; (surname, given name) Ko; (surname) Ebisuzaki; (surname, given name) Ebisu; (surname) U
How? Why? Hun; Turk; random; hemp; long-lived; pepper, etc.; translit. go, hu.

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Mandarin zhuāng / zhuang1
Taiwan chuang
Japanese chan / チャン
Chinese Japanese variant of 莊|庄
Japanese (suf,ctr) {mahj} counter for games of mahjong (chi: zhuang); (surname) Teien; (personal name) Chon; (personal name) Tadashi; (surname) Soo; (surname) Sousaki; (surname) Sou; (given name) Shou; (surname) Kazari; (surname) Kagari


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Mandarin hú pái / hu2 pai2
Taiwan hu p`ai / hu pai
Chinese to win in mahjong


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Mandarin dǎ pái / da3 pai2
Taiwan ta p`ai / ta pai
Japanese dahai / だはい
Chinese to play mahjong or cards
Japanese (noun/participle) {mahj} (See 切る・きる・17) discarding a tile


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Japanese mekuru / めくる    makuru / まくる Japanese (transitive verb) (1) (kana only) to turn over; to turn pages of a book; (2) (kana only) to tear off; to strip off; to tear up; (transitive verb) (1) (kana only) to turn up; to roll up (e.g. sleeves); (aux-v,v5r) (2) (kana only) to do over and over again; to do relentlessly; to do with reckless abandon; (transitive verb) (3) (slang) (kana only) to stage a comeback (against) (in mahjong, horse racing, etc.); to come from behind



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Mandarin bān zhuān / ban1 zhuan1
Taiwan pan chuan
Chinese to do hard physical labor (as a job); (fig.) to play mahjong


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Mandarin mō pái / mo1 pai2
Taiwan mo p`ai / mo pai
Japanese moopai;moohai / モーパイ;モーはい
Chinese to draw a tile (at mahjong); to play mahjong
Japanese (noun/participle) {mahj} identifying a piece by touch


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Mandarin fāng chéng / fang1 cheng2
Taiwan fang ch`eng / fang cheng
Japanese houjou / hojo / ほうじょう
Chinese square castle; mahjong layout (with the tiles laid out as a square); Fangcheng county in Nanyang 南陽|南阳[Nan2 yang2], Henan
Japanese (place-name, surname) Houjou


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Mandarin xǐ pái / xi3 pai2
Taiwan hsi p`ai / hsi pai
Japanese shiipai;senpai / shipai;senpai / シーパイ;せんパイ
Chinese to shuffle cards
Japanese (1) {mahj} shuffling of tiles; (2) (せんパイ only) cleaning mahjong tiles


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Mandarin pái xíng / pai2 xing2
Taiwan p`ai hsing / pai hsing
Chinese hand (in mahjong or card games)


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Mandarin pái jú / pai2 ju2
Taiwan p`ai chü / pai chü
Chinese gambling get-together; game of cards, mahjong etc


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Mandarin wán pái / wan2 pai2
Taiwan wan p`ai / wan pai
Chinese to play cards; to play mahjong


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Mandarin xiàng gong / xiang4 gong5
Taiwan hsiang kung
Chinese lord; master; young gentleman; male prostitute; catamite; mahjong player disqualified by unintentionally taking in the wrong number of dominoes; (old form of address for one's husband) husband


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Japanese jantaku / ジャンたく Japanese {mahj} mahjong table


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Japanese janshi / ジャンし Japanese {mahj} mahjong player; mahjong enthusiast


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Japanese janpai / ジャンパイ Japanese (abbreviation) {mahj} (See 麻雀牌) mahjong tile


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Japanese jankyuu / jankyu / ジャンきゅう Japanese jankyu; combination of Japanese pinball and mahjong


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Japanese jansou / janso / ジャンそう Japanese (mahj) mahjong parlour; mahjong parlor


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Japanese janki / ジャンき Japanese {mahj} skilled mahjong player


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Mandarin miàn zi / mian4 zi5
Taiwan mien tzu
Japanese mentsu / メンツ    menko / めんこ
Chinese outer surface; outside; honor; reputation; face (as in "losing face"); self-respect; feelings; (medicinal) powder
Japanese (1) face (chi: miànzi); honour; honor; (2) {mahj} meld; (3) lineup (of players participating in a mahjong game); (kana only) menko; children's game in which thick circular or rectangular cards are slapped down on the ground to overturn other cards



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Mandarin shùn zi / shun4 zi5
Taiwan shun tzu
Japanese shuntsu;juntsu / シュンツ;じゅんツ
Chinese a straight (poker, mahjong)
Japanese {mahj} chow (chi:); three-in-a-row; (female given name) Yoriko; (female given name) Yoshiko; (female given name) Yukiko; (female given name) Michiko; (female given name) Masako; (female given name) Noriko; (female given name) Nobuko; (female given name) Naoko; (female given name) Toshiko; (personal name) Junshi; (female given name) Junko; (female given name) Itoko; (female given name) Ayako


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Mandarin gǔ pái / gu3 pai2
Taiwan ku p`ai / ku pai
Japanese koppai / こっぱい
Chinese dominoes
Japanese (1) playing cards; (2) {mahj} mahjong tiles made of animal bone


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Japanese gameru / がめる Japanese (transitive verb) (1) to greedily try to win big (e.g. in mahjong); (2) to swipe; to nick; to pilfer

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
má jiàng / ma2 jiang4 / ma jiang / majiangma chiang / machiang
Sparrow麻雀maa jan / maajan / ma jan / majanmá què / ma2 que4 / ma que / maquema ch`üeh / machüeh / ma chüeh
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