I Can Use Chopsticks

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    How can you eat Chinese food without chopsticks

    anyways. Somehow it just doesn't taste right when eaten with a spoon or fork.
    TKD1 TKD1
    51-55, F
    Feb 8, 2014

    Chopstick Goddess

    My mom wanted to eat SUSHI. I was terrified. Not beacuse sushi is Raw Fish. Not because I'd never tried it. Beacuse I had never eaten with sticks. I said yes. I got nervous. I tried. I succeeded. I didn't drop anything is the soy sauce. I am now officially the chopstick...
    Lola91 Lola91
    16-17, F
    1 Response May 21, 2008

    I actually taught myself how to use chopsticks.

    I had like a phase where I was obsessed with everything Japanese, (their culture, food etc,) and so I thought I should learn how to use chopsticks since in japan, the Japanese would use them, I felt so proud after I learnt how :) yay me lol
    PandaLovee PandaLovee
    18-21, F
    Aug 27, 2014

    There's Advantages to It!

    Using chopsticks forces me to eat slowly, which is good - it allows me to enjoy my food that much more! I don't recall how I learned to use them - I just picked them up one day, arranged them between my fingers, and kept trying until I could pick up food.  Now it's pretty...
    Cathalain Cathalain
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Dec 24, 2007

    Recently my daughter celebrated a birthday.

    The tradition in our family is to go out for dinner to celebrate. Our family is mostly a traditional meat and potatoes kinda group that also enjoys good pasta or seafood feast. The other kids are thinking she will opt for the usual and safe fare of bygone years. On the day of...
    LivefortheWeekend LivefortheWeekend
    46-50, M
    3 Responses Jun 7, 2014

    I'm proud of it too! I love going to Asian

    restaurants and making a big deal of being able to use them! Especially to my step mom who can't use them!
    deleted deleted
    Sep 1, 2015

    I am half Chinese. I grew up with Chinese,

    Hawaiian (I'm from Hawaii), American and Southern ways. I also grew up with Christian ways. I have finger dexterity challenges but one of the things I picked up easily when I was a little girl was using chopsticks to eat with and to put in my hair (not the same types of...
    loveismyfriend loveismyfriend
    36-40, F
    1 Response Jun 29, 2015

    Both Hands.

    I can use them with my right hand, but also with my left hand. (not so good though) I should try both hands at the same time :D
    deleted deleted
    6 Responses Apr 26, 2008

    I have tried so many times to use them.

    My parents love Chinese food and always get the sticks. What the heck is wrong with me. My brother and sister both and use them
    deleted deleted
    Dec 31, 2015

    I learned as a kid when we went to a Japanese

    restaurant. I just thought chopsticks were so cool! I remember how I was extremely dedicated to using them throughout the meal, even when I was frustrated with using them on rice :)
    Jillbill8 Jillbill8
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jul 5, 2015

    Of course, when I go to a Korean,

    Japanese, Viet or Chinese restaurant I prefer eating traditionally :) (Koreans were harder to me at the beginning)
    lila5 lila5
    22-25, F
    Dec 13, 2013

    Triumph Chopsticks ...

    I can use them very well especially if the dish is so Yummmmm ~
    DollyDiva DollyDiva
    26-30, F
    7 Responses Apr 10, 2010

    I Feel Like I Should....

    Know how since i am half Japanese. I use it whenever i can. In some Japanese restaurants they don't give you silverware unless you ask, and usually its my mom cause she doesn't quite have the hang of it. I am not an expert though i still have problems with rice sometimes if its...
    violet1698 violet1698
    31-35, F
    1 Response Feb 26, 2013

    I'm self taught. I actually learned

    when I lived in Germany of all places.
    OzarksTrucker OzarksTrucker
    36-40, M
    Aug 14, 2014

    It's a skilled trait.

    I would love to put it on my resume under SUPER SKILLS.
    kidfc kidfc
    22-25, M
    1 Response Apr 18, 2014

    One of My Many--er--One Of My Skills

    I can totally eat with chopsticks! I learned when I was 11 and spent the summer visiting my half Korean cousin and her mom in northern California. It was excellent! We ate loads of sticky rice, Ramen (the trick is to put eggs in there!) and other things I can't remember. And...
    mmmcookies mmmcookies
    2 Responses Sep 6, 2008

    I Love Eating With Chopsticks

    It's weird but food does taste better with chopsticks , I guess it's maybe because you're eating a smaller portions that you do while suing a fork , but it feels more traditional and old fashioned than using a fork , I learned how to use them by myself , it's not that hard and...
    Dee9876 Dee9876
    22-25, F
    1 Response Sep 6, 2013

    I Can Use Chopsticks.

    They are no longer a hair accessory!I have pictures to prove it.
    LennonLover LennonLover
    26-30, F
    Apr 13, 2012


    I learned how to use chopsticks at an early age.  I read the instructions and just practices until it became natural for me.  Its fun and now my children 6 & 7 are learning to do the same.
    ichooselife ichooselife
    36-40, F
    6 Responses Apr 14, 2009

    Nobody Ever Told Me How to

    I was in NY several years ago, and there was this chinese (or japanese, I don't remember) supermarket where we used to buy food every night. The first night they gave us the chopsticks I found the way to use them. It was somehow natural for me.
    caritus caritus
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jan 16, 2008

    Duh. Well, I am not familiar with the proper

    etiquette of using chopsticks like you're not supposed to poke food using them but I can definitely use them. Eating on bowls seem more satisfying when using chopsticks. Yes, even ice cream.
    kixisback kixisback
    1 Response Apr 18, 2014

    To eat and to do my hair.

    Not the same pair, though...
    ShesAVeryKinkyGirl ShesAVeryKinkyGirl
    26-30, F
    1 Response Apr 18, 2014

    Just not the right way.

    I can still use them, though XD
    HELPTAKENhelpused HELPTAKENhelpused
    26-30, M
    1 Response Nov 4, 2015

    Got My Own Custom Pair Too

    I learned about ten years ago and still haven't quite mastered using them , but I don't get to use them very often . I hope that I can make it to Chinese and Japanese restaurants more often and learn to cook these foods at home for both the nature of the foods and also just as an...
    WisestFool WisestFool
    41-45, M
    Jan 11, 2013

    One of those lovely life skills you learn!

    Like.....learning how to whistle. How to tie your shoes. How to tie a tie.
    picklebobble picklebobble
    51-55, M
    Oct 29, 2014


    i use chop sticks all the time. i don't know if i'm using them properly but the food makes it to my mouth so i must be onto something. Using chopsticks makes me eat slower which is good. The best thing about chopsticks is that cleanup is simple.
    vardo5 vardo5
    26-30, M
    Nov 15, 2007

    My parents taught my brothers

    and I when we were young and had our first rice noodles, beanshoots, and water chestnuts in oyster sauce. I always use them whenever I eat oriental foods.
    Skjeggstad Skjeggstad
    22-25, F
    1 Response Nov 25, 2014

    Learned to use em back home in Britain

    but three and a half years in China has turned me into something of a chopstick master. I'll find it weird using a knife and fork if I ever move home!
    EarthWalkerMan EarthWalkerMan
    31-35, M
    1 Response Sep 30, 2015

    Well, Im probably not doing it 100% correctly,

    but Im good enough with them that I can say I can use them. ~ Lys ♪
    LysChan LysChan
    22-25, F
    Nov 19, 2015

    I Can

    I used to work in a chinese restaurant when I was in high school, and we used to have a meal every night after the restaurant closed. I got a lot of practice, until one night I found a cockroach in my rice. Needless to say, I stopped eating there.
    BonVie BonVie
    41-45, M
    2 Responses May 22, 2011

    So Hungry.

    Eric and I had been hanging out together for a couple of weeks when he suggested we try the new Chinese restaurant that had just opened down town. I was pretty excited as I had never had Chinese food before. It was pretty busy and we were seated at a small table right in the...
    Bellile Bellile
    51-55, F
    2 Responses Sep 14, 2013
    Rika39 Rika39
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Oct 10, 2015


    last year was when i got it down to a tee. which annoyed my friends cos they couldnt hehe:D
    bluebird45 bluebird45
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Feb 3, 2009

    So I can chop up some peeps.

    But seriously I know how to use them properly. Hehe. :P
    misanthropicpessimist misanthropicpessimist
    13-15, F
    Jun 29, 2015

    My dad was in the service overseas in Vietnam

    and Japan. He used them there a lot and he showed me how to use them. Ever since them I've used them whenever eating Asian food. I like it. It's a little more harder than a fork and will give your hand some discomfort after a while, but its fun. I'm not too shabby with them...
    AlbuquerqueJay AlbuquerqueJay
    36-40, M
    Jul 1, 2014

    This experience-group might be one of those

    typical "one size fits all" experiences. I would imagine almost everybody can use chopsticks, at least to some degree. From experience I'd say it does take a lot of practice to come naturally, though. Anyway, I actually prefer to use chopsticks for most dishes chopped up to...
    Faust76 Faust76
    70+, M
    Sep 21, 2014

    Chopsticks, Chopsticks Everywhere!

    Pshht, I'm so cool, I use chopsticks to brush my teeth. I tie my shoelaces with them, I drive my car with them, I can even whipe my bum with them, lol (kidding) In all honesty, I can use chopsticks. It took a bit for me to learn, but after months of ordering Chinese food, and...
    ViolaDarling ViolaDarling
    22-25, F
    1 Response Nov 10, 2011

    I live in Taiwan and use chopsticks regularly.

    I even prefer them for certian things. But the Taiwanese often see my blonde hair and blue eyes, then hand me a spoon . . . lol
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    2 Responses Oct 29, 2014
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    Oct 5, 2014
    cashetty69 cashetty69
    51-55, M
    Aug 23, 2015

    When I was 9, I won a local fete competition

    that involved moving peanuts from one bowl to another with chopsticks!! :D I was so proud haha
    Dollylaine Dollylaine
    22-25, F
    Nov 27, 2013

    I'm Asian... and From Hawaii...

    I was raised using chopsticks and a dashi spoon (the strange flat bottom one - Asians know what I'm talking about)... I've always used them for everything... eating, cooking, smacking my son's hand when he reaches across the table... there are so many uses really... but you have...
    phidget phidget
    31-35, F
    1 Response May 13, 2008

    Change Chopsticks Into Hair Ornaments

    I've noticed in western magazines that some women look like they are wearing chopsticks in their hair. I'm thinking to myself , "Chopsticks should be used only for eating or cooking, not for putting in hair. What would they think if we Asian girls used forks and spoons as...
    deleted deleted
    4 Responses Mar 22, 2009

    Better Than a Fork & Knife

    It's true. In the Philippines we traditionally ate with our hands. Here in America, my mom still specializes in finger food (& it helps my dad & brother, who are pigs anyway). Thusly, we generally used utensils the most when going out to eat. My family went for Chinese...
    QuixoticKidEternity QuixoticKidEternity
    10 Responses Mar 17, 2008

    Not Too Difficult

    I had an ex that was Asian so she pretty much taught me how to eat with them, its funny because people say its soo hard to use, but its really simple. And its easier to eat sushi with chopsticks then a fork LOL.
    siggy10 siggy10
    31-35, M
    7 Responses Dec 11, 2008

    Self taught, of course,

    although the skill comes only with experience, and like all things, I consider myself still learning and practice often. And I was once seeing someone who had been trained in self-defense with chopsticks and hairsticks, so watch out for fumbles.
    Faust76 Faust76
    70+, M
    Aug 27, 2014

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