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Here's a breakdown on how to use chopsticks:

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Holding the chopsticks:

  1. Grab one chopstick: Place it between the base of your thumb and your index finger, resting it on the crook where they meet. This chopstick will stay relatively still throughout use.
  2. The moving chopstick: Hold the second chopstick like you would a pencil, with the tip resting against the pad of your thumb and your index finger holding it near the top. Your middle finger can stabilize this chopstick from underneath.

Using the chopsticks:

  1. Move the top chopstick: The top chopstick is the one you'll be maneuvering. Use your thumb and index finger to pinch it up and down.
  2. Creating the gap: The tips of the chopsticks should meet when closed and separate to pick up food.
  3. Scooping, not stabbing: Imagine using tweezers instead of a fork. Chopsticks scoop or pinch food, so aim for a side-by-side motion with the tips.

Tips and practice:

  • Start with larger pieces of food, like vegetables or noodles.
  • Don't get discouraged if it takes some time to get the hang of it.
  • Practice makes perfect! You can try using chopsticks with things like peanuts or popcorn to get a feel for the movement.
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