Asking for Forks in Asia
to cause (a person) a painful loss of pride, self-respect, or dignity; mortify. (Dictionary.com)
Nothing cuts down your pride like when you have to ask for a fork in Asia when you can actually use chop sticks.
"...May I please have a fork? My hand doesn't work."
"Cho, fo-kuh chuseyo. Son-ul anduessunikka."
When I broke my hand (metacarpal) in Korea I was unable to show off my Level V chop stick mastery. It hurt because it made me feel like I was just a lame foreigner who was afraid of chop sticks. Does anyone have similar experiences where you had to do something like this? It could be speaking English in a foreign country when you know it makes you look ignorant. You know the feeling, so why don't you tell me your experience?