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I Can Use Chopsticks

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    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

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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 46-50, F Feb 8, 2014

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    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

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    To eat and to do my hair.

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

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    I'm self taught. I actually learned

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

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    I Can Use Chopsticks.

    They are no longer a hair accessory!I have pictures to prove it.
    LennonLover LennonLover 22-25, F Apr 13, 2012

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    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

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    Don't You Own A Pair! 0.o

    Well, I do!! =] I love chopsticks and knowing how to use them more than other people...it makes me feel special! =]
    Monsterbunny17 Monsterbunny17 18-21, F 1 Response May 22, 2012

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    Love Japanese Food

    So I decided to learn to use chopsticks, better when invited at the restaurant. Fox used to invite me a lot at japanese stuff, and we ate lots of sushi. I use them correctly now.
    deleted deleted 26-30 May 28, 2012

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    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

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    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 4 Responses Jun 7, 2014

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    Easier To Clean

    I eat almost everything with chopsticks these days, and have gotten to be rather deft at them (not that I wasn't to begin with). But these days, since I have no dishwasher and I'm not a fan of doing dishes, I've been using chopsticks almost exclusively, because they're so much...
    mononoaware mononoaware 26-30, M 1 Response Sep 16, 2012

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    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

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    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 36-40, M 1 Response Sep 21, 2014

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    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 26-30 2 Responses Sep 6, 2008

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    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

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    Shown By A Friend

    One of my best friend is a Chinese-Scotsman. His family originally came from the New Territories in Hong Kong. He gave me a gift of a beautiful presentation set of chop sticks and after many false starts, successfully showed me how to use them.
    yfronts36 yfronts36 41-45, M Mar 1, 2012

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    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 22-25 1 Response Apr 18, 2014

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    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

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    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

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    Yeah..:)

    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

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    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 46-50, M Oct 29, 2014

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    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

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    3Dogmatic 3Dogmatic 36-40, M Oct 5, 2014

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    Chopsticks

    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 1 Response Nov 15, 2007

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    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

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    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 36-40, M Aug 27, 2014

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    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
    akamissw akamissw 31-35, F 2 Responses Oct 29, 2014

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    Fun

    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

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    When In Doubt..

    i just stab the meat with them..it does the trick just fine:) or..i use them to scoop the food into the spoon!
    foldedunfolding foldedunfolding 31-35, F 1 Response Oct 2, 2012

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    Chopsticks The Only Way

    I am not proficient by any way but I think using chopsticks are essential for eating noodles. During travels to China I watch people holding their food bowl up close and shoveling the food in. I say monkey see monkey do.
    Trenchycoat Trenchycoat 51-55, M Jun 14, 2012

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    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

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    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...
    xiaomei xiaomei 26-30, F 9 Responses Mar 22, 2009

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    Triumph Chopsticks ...

    I can use them very well especially if the dish is so Yummmmm ~
    DollyDiva DollyDiva 22-25, F 8 Responses Apr 10, 2010

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    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 31 10 Responses Mar 17, 2008

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    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 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 6, 2013

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    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

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    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

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    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 26-30 6 Responses Apr 26, 2008

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    I actually prefer to use chopsticks these days.

    For some odd reason, perhaps the shape, it's easier for me to eat with chopsticks than silverware because of my arthritis. So I have a cute Japanese chopstick case with a couple paid that I keep in my purse in case I'm eating out and my arthritis is having a bad flair up. It's...
    TheNerdYouLove TheNerdYouLove 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 20, 2014

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    It drives my mom and dad nuts

    because they can't use them.
    pardax pardax 13-15, M May 18, 2014

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