There are many Asian and Asian restaurants here at California. I got opportunities to practice using chopsticks. I am pretty good at handling them now. But I still remember when I was first invited to my Chinese friend’s house. They offered me fork and knife, but I insisted in using chopsticks as I didn’t want to be viewed special and I didn’t realize how challenge it was using chopsticks the first time. Gosh! That was really hard! I almost quit. My friend showed me, her whole family was there watching me, cheering me up if I did pick up any food. So my words: practice at home if you don’t want to be embarrassed.
Lastly, if you still don’t get it right, you may want to use some aid. Have fun! ☺