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I Can Use Chopsticks

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    No, I Will Take A Pair Thank You.

    Funny story this time, went to a Chinese food restaurant with two Asians and a Hispanic and apparently the waitress assumed the Asians wanted chop sticks but when it came to asking myself and the Hispanic, she seemed taken a back when I said yes. As it turns out, I was better...
    burn1 burn1 36-40, M Aug 20, 2011

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    I Sure Can

    I can use chop sticks and not just for eating.I use them for: scratching my back in those hard to reach places weapons (when a ************ wants to get crazy) pointing tool ear cleaner, LOL I'm sure there are a lot more uses for them than just eating.
    RagingSkillet RagingSkillet 31-35, M Aug 20, 2011

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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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    Sushi's Not Sushi Without Them!

    I was introduced to sushi during my junior year of high school by a boy who was trying to impress me with his sophisticated culinary tastes. This unfortunately backfired on him when he discovered that he was, in fact, repulsed by Japanese food. I, on the other hand, fell in love...
    OFFthecuff OFFthecuff 22-25, F 5 Responses Nov 13, 2007

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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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    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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    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 46-50, F 2 Responses Sep 14, 2013

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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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    Chopsticks Vs Forks: Chopsticks Win!

    I learned to use my first pair of chopsticks in Wagamama Japanese Restaurant in Cork, Ireland. In under 10 minutes I was able to eat noodles with very little difficulty. Now I eat with them on a daily basis here in China, and I find forks are not precise enough, so I usually use...
    Danni87 Danni87 22-25, F Sep 20, 2011

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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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    Travel

    I don't recall a time when I couldn't use chopsticks honestly. It's a bit funny watching people try to use chopsticks for the first time though.I do tend to prefer chopsticks for eating most food. Soup, pudding/cakes, and finger foods are the only exceptions I can think of. What...
    Knabble Knabble 18-21, F Oct 2, 2011

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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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    Since Third Grade

    I didn't learn to use them in a restarant, and I didn't learn on Chinese food! I learned to use them on Culture Day in my third grade class! One of my classmate's mom made authentic Thai food, and brought it to us. I've only used them a few times since then. But I think being...
    emerald emerald 36-40, F 2 Responses Nov 29, 2007

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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

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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...
    TheWomanYouHate TheWomanYouHate 31-35, F 3 Responses Apr 20

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    It drives my mom and dad nuts

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

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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 1 Response Dec 13, 2013

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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 1 Response Jan 11, 2013

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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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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

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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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    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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    Maybe Not Rocket Science

    But harder than some might think.  See, I grow up in a home that uses chopsticks regularly, if not every day. It's just part of our lifestyle. But until about a year ago, I could not get it. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't use them. Then I decided it was about time I...
    MasterOfStudies MasterOfStudies 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 16, 2011

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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 31-35, M Jul 1

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 2 Responses Apr 18

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    Yepp

    I can use chopsticks and i am proud of it:) I learned it when I was at noodles and co. a guy who worked there taught me. Now whenever I eat chinese I have to use them. Ya know, get the whole chinese vibe:)
    effthis1 effthis1 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 20, 2011

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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

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    I Wish More People Used Them Too

    Once I got used to them, I found out they're just as easy as cutlery. Why aren't they more common? Is it because they're EastAsian? Too different? Chopsticks work great for more than just Oriental food. If WalMart sold them, people would buy them and more would use them and they...
    MollyPetal MollyPetal 41-45, T 1 Response Sep 6, 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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    Decided I Should Learn

    I don't eat out at Chinese/Japanese/Vietnamese etc.. very much but when I do I sort of get into this craving for their food and the way they eat. Starting when I was about 15 my small town sold imitation Chinese food out of the grocery store where the Deli would normally be. It...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jun 29, 2008

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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 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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    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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    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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    It's a skilled trait.

    I would love to put it on my resume under SUPER SKILLS.
    kidfc kidfc 22-25, M 2 Responses Apr 18

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