These tiles are numbers... from 1 to 9 you should learn those 9 ideograms. You will need to handle them easily in order to play ma-jan.
How to pronounce: i-wan, ryanwan, sanwan, su-wan, u-wan, ro-wan, chi-wan, pa-wan, kyu-wan (this is japanised chinese)
i-pin, ryanpin, sanpin, su-pin, u-pin, ro-pin, chi-pin, pa-pin, kyu-pin
i-sou, ryansou, sansou, su-sou, u-sou, ro-sou, chi-sou, pa-sou, kyu-sou
These 27 common tiles are called SHU-PAI. As you can see each symbolize numbers from 1 to 9.
The middle tiles 2 to 8 are called CHU-CHANPAI.
The border tiles 1 and 9 are called RO-TO-PAI.
4 winds KAZEHAI: ton (east), nan (south), sha- (west), pei (north).
3 dragons SANGENHAI: haku, hatsu, chun.
The tileset RO-TO-PAI+TSU-PAI is called YAOCHU-PAI.