Learning a new language that’s not your mother tongue can be real daunting. A school in Chengdu, China, has made national news headlines for its creative way of teaching its students English with mahjong tiles.
Mahjong is a traditional Chinese card game that’s similar to the Western’s world rummy. It is usually played with four players and involves 144 tiles based on Chinese characters and symbols.
Many Chinese children pick up on how to play mahjong from their parents from a young age, simply by observing the adults playing rounds of the game.
But the mahjong sets used at Jitou Middle School are different and so is the objective.
Students play mahjong with modified tiles at Jitou Middle School in Chengdu City, the capital of Southwest China’s Sichuan Province. The game is usually played by four people with a set of 144 tiles based on Chinese characters and symbols. School headmaster Tian Jingyun has placed English letters on the tiles so players can form different words in playing. The school also has poker cards that have English letters on them to help students with their English study.