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How To Use Chopsticks Propertly

06/01/2015 03:13 EDT | Updated 06/01/2015 03:59 EDT

There's nothing more awkward than being the only one at a table who has to ask for a fork at an Asian restaurant. Well, those days are over, because now's the time you're finally going to learn how to hold and use chopsticks!

In the video above by Buzzfeed, the site shows us the proper way to hold and use chopsticks — and it's a lot simpler than you think. Holding the top stick like a pencil and then resting the bottom stick on your third finger, and the skin between your thumb and index finger, lift and lower the top stick by taping your index finger while keeping the thumb in place. Trust us, it sounds a lot more complicated than it actually is.

And before you say you already know how to use the Asian utensils, you might be interested to learn that researchers at Meijiro University in Japan say 30 per cent of adults aged between 40 and 50 are holding chopsticks incorrectly — so don't be too surprised to discover you probably are too.

But holding them is only half the battle. As with a spoon and fork, eating with chopsticks has it's own etiquette. Check out these nine dos and don'ts to make sure you aren't offending while eating.

Are you holding your chopsticks correctly? Watch the video above to find out.

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