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NAI NAI 7 years
I'm not a pro at it.
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 7 years
I thought about using them for just about everything to slow myself down while eating.
ajennilynrushhh ajennilynrushhh 7 years
Yes, I do. I forgot who taught me though. But I taught my boyfriend how to use chopsticks because we eat at Japanese restaurants a lot and he didn't feel like asking for a fork one time and now he likes using them haha.
drea-nicole drea-nicole 7 years
I'm part Japanese. In elementary school I didn't have a lunch box. I had a kerropi bento box with matching chopsticks. :P
TADOW TADOW 7 years
I've used them for years, but I'm still not that great at them, they always hurt me just a little
dpbluiz13 dpbluiz13 7 years
The trick is to learn when you're young. I learned by the age of five and I taught my son at 2. He amazed people when we would go out to eat. I think everyone should learn. Eating with them is so much more fun than using a fork.
HappyKate HappyKate 7 years
I'm a pro!
suziryder suziryder 7 years
I can get by, but I definitely have issues from time to time. Those are some very pretty chopsticks in the picture!
milosmommy milosmommy 7 years
I've known since I was around 6. My mom had a Chinese boss and we would all go to dim sum occasionally and he taught me. I impressed my husband with my skills at picking up peanuts the other day. lol :)
gigill gigill 7 years
I was forced to learn how to use them when I was in China. I'm pretty good, but I'm not an expert. I also think that I hold them incorrectly, but I'm not 100% about that. Oh well, at least it works for me!
smileyface smileyface 7 years
I'm no good with chopsticks and it makes me so sad! I went to Benihana a few weeks ago for my birthday and I was sad that I had to use a fork! LOL. I really should learn how.
vivosergirl vivosergirl 7 years
my parents always complain that I don't wield those chopsticks the right way, but I get by fine using it my way. I can't deal with it if they put in forks instead of chopsticks in my take-out chinese order. I'm definitely more comfortable with chopsticks.
looseseal looseseal 7 years
When I was a kid, I was told a slightly different version of that old wives' tale. It was "if you hold the chopsticks lower you'd stay in your hometown, if you hold them higher, you'll go to places far, far away." I immediately moved my chopstick grip from the middle part of the chopsticks to waaaaay to the top. Heehee.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
"There's an old wives' tale that if you clasp your fingers around the chopsticks in a high position, your husband will come from a place far far away" The funny thing is, from childhood until a few years ago, I used to hold the chopsticks really high up. I married an Israeli. In the last few years (after the divorce) I finally succeeded in improving my grip. I started to hold the chopsticks much closer to the base than before. Hey, guess what? I'm engaged to someone from a town in Indiana about 45 minutes from where my mom lives!
joannn joannn 7 years
Hell Yes! There's an old wives' tale that if you clasp your fingers around the chopsticks in a high position, your husband will come from a place far far away
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 7 years
I can manage picking up most foods with chopsticks however once I tried to grab rice and that was a disaster!lol. So for general food, yeah I can use them.
tee0206 tee0206 7 years
Well, I'm Asian, and I've been using chopsticks since I was basically a toddler. But, I've never held them correctly. I don't hold writing utensils either, and I kind of grasp chopsticks in a similar fashion. I can manage perfectly well, though. I shovel food in my mouth faster with chopsticks than with forks!
jessie jessie 7 years
nope, don't know how to use them. i've tried though, almost poked it up my nose, flung my food at people, :oops:, sorry to say, just give me a fork
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 7 years
Definitely. My mother trained us as kids on bowls of marbles. I used to hold them wrong, but corrected my form when my handwriting grip also changed (calligraphy training).
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 7 years
no, I can only use the kid version (you know with the rubber bands) and even those I have a little trouble with. I wish someone would teach me!!!
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i know how i'm supposed to use them, but im' usually not overly successful. it's intersting that if i have a drink or 2 then i'm a whiz but otherwise - it's a mess.
SleepyCorinne SleepyCorinne 7 years
I spent two weeks in China/Hong Kong last summer and learned pretty quickly how to use chopsticks. With just a soup spoon and the 'sticks, anything is possible! You can cut with them, if you know how. It actually isn't so bad, but you really have to have no alternatives around to learn the best.
SugarFreak SugarFreak 7 years
I had a friend who took me (in an extremely famished state) to a little spot in Chinatown and told the waiter not to give me a fork. The rest is history...
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
Hubby taught me (his BFF is Chinese) and now he can't use them, he's too clumsy but I'm a pro (yes, I'm bragging). When in Asia do as the Asians.
silverpenny013 silverpenny013 7 years
A friend of mine taught me when I was probably... 18? I can use chopsticks pretty well now - every now and again I drop something or I just can't figure out how to pick up non-sticky rice. My girlfriend is Korean and not only does she hold them incorrectly (her fingers are all twisty and it looks kind of painful), she is missing a bit of one of her teeth from those metal ones they use in Korea! I guess she was really hungry.
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