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Learn to Eat With Chopsticks



Chopsticks are shaped pairs of equal length sticks that have been used as the traditional ancient kitchen and eating utensils in virtually all of East Asia for over six thousand years.

Chopsticks were first used by the Chinese and later spread to countries, through cultural influence or through Chinese immigrant communities, such as Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Nepal as well as in areas of the United States, especially California and Hawaii, and cities in Canada and Australia with Chinese communities.

Chopsticks are smoothed and frequently tapered, and are commonly made of bamboo, plastic, wood, or stainless steel. They are less commonly made from gold, silver, porcelain, jade, or ivory.

The basic technique of using chopsticks consists of mainly 4 steps:

  1. Pick up the first chopstick and place it between your middle finger and the base of your thumb.
  2. Grip the second chopstick with your index finger and thumb
  3. Practice opening and closing the chopsticks.
  4. Start picking up food!

East Asia attaches great importance to chopsticks and it led to creating some rules and etiquette for using them.

Here are a few things you absolutely must not do with chopsticks:

  1. Do not stick your chopsticks upright in your rice.
  2. Do not leave your chopsticks crossed on your plate or bowl, or the table.
  3. Do not use one chopstick at a time, especially not to spear food.
  4. Do not pass food from chopstick to chopstick.

Success stories

Aurélie Blanckaert

Dec 25 at 21:11 pm
I don't remember the exact date, but I learned it by myself everytime I ate Asian !

Lisan Noordegraaf

Jun 22 at 10:14 am
Eten met stokjes.

lisa marysan

May 09 at 21:05 pm

Iga Maciejewska

Apr 30 at 00:38 am
Learnt while at univetsity

Cheryl Butler

Apr 19 at 18:34 pm
I've been working on this for a long time lol. We went to eat at a Thai restaurant for the first time and I feel like I did well enough to say I learned how to use chopsticks!! now the real test will be when I finally visit Japan!

Jen Smith

Jan 16 at 10:43 am
I was only 6, we had a teacher who did a “world food” day every Friday and it had to be authentic. She insisted we use chopsticks and I’ve been using them ever since.

Veronique Huntjens

Sep 17 at 19:01 pm

Cheng Andy

Jul 11 at 12:55 pm
I live in Hong Kong China, when I was born, I have to use chopsticks to eat!

Fabiana van der Heiden

Apr 24 at 21:55 pm
as a kid, a long time ago

Soraia Henriques

Apr 24 at 04:10 am

Kaitlyn Wallace

Mar 30 at 03:27 am
wanted to try. too be a few tries but I finally got it

Ariel Bosselaar

Mar 26 at 08:14 am
Self Taught

Lara van putten

Mar 25 at 21:05 pm

Erin Domingo

Mar 21 at 08:42 am

London Leopard

Mar 12 at 09:39 am
I had to learn for my trip to Thailand

Cherie Stratton

Mar 05 at 10:44 am

David Karapetyan

Mar 04 at 22:05 pm

Ace Hearts

Feb 22 at 05:26 am
don't know when, but I learned as a child

Kyndra Pitts

Feb 18 at 20:44 pm
No more children's chopsticks for me

lucca de suijck

Feb 16 at 11:36 am
i like it

Greta Burokaitė

Feb 15 at 16:47 pm
not so hard

Marlyn Nieves

Feb 15 at 16:21 pm
Since almost 3 or 4 years ago.

Anne Martin

Feb 09 at 04:19 am
vive taie zone

Ariane Joy Patacsil

Feb 08 at 15:17 pm
You will learn to appreciate your food with this. Because you are going to take a while eating. Fun struggling times.

Carmen Narvais

Feb 08 at 00:30 am
fun and done

cherri massey

Feb 07 at 00:23 am

Aleksandra G

Jan 27 at 04:29 am
bsjs jsj jake

Natalie Gehlert

Jan 26 at 08:12 am
Mein Vater hat es mir gezeigt

Chan Ni Kwon

Jan 24 at 21:28 pm
I don't know, I just ate a lot of asian food on Fridays, so I got used to chopsticks.

ine verbrugge

Jan 24 at 21:27 pm

Zoe Lyn

Jan 19 at 04:01 am
I learned when I was younger, but it's still helpful. Asian food is my favorite.

Natalie Dawn Jensen

Jan 13 at 07:46 am
Eat with chopsticks in an amazing Japanese restaurant in Brighton

meka hall

Jan 12 at 23:49 pm
I always enjoyed them so I taught myself back in high school.

Rosalind Pingleton

Jan 11 at 20:44 pm

Kore CF

Jan 07 at 22:25 pm
I still eat with them sometimes

Kat Stewart

Jan 05 at 00:13 am
pk finally taught me

Kat Geo

Jan 04 at 01:40 am
first time going to a sushi bar,got the hang of it pretty easily

Tayla Munro

Jan 03 at 11:41 am

Amanda Hanson

Jan 03 at 05:29 am
fiance taught me shortly after we started dating

Zane Tomsone

Jan 03 at 02:09 am
The more I try, the better it gets


Jan 03 at 01:44 am
its not that hard!

anna cinneri

Jan 02 at 12:26 pm
complété lorsqu un asiatique m'a dis que je tenais très bien mes baguettes !!

Alina Masotti

Dec 29 at 00:29 am
I grew up doing this

Emma Dane

Dec 28 at 21:23 pm

Shannon Kokkonen

Dec 28 at 07:01 am
as a kid

Baby Lullaby

Dec 28 at 01:15 am
Asian skill 101

Marnelle Janse van Rensburg

Dec 26 at 07:25 am
At first it was a little tricky but then I enjoyed it. Best way to learn is by being really hungry and not having any utensils with you. you'll just have to figure it out:)


Dec 21 at 21:31 pm

miriam vieveen

Dec 21 at 08:22 am
Sushi baby!

Nathan Richardson

Dec 19 at 15:35 pm
My parents taught me how

Selena Pierre

Dec 18 at 22:25 pm
it was very difficult. my fingers hurt!

Sharon Hudson

Dec 18 at 15:59 pm
Just tried one time and could do it

Celestine Brooks

Nov 27 at 16:06 pm
im asian tho