I learned how to use chopsticks at a fairly young age-- my mom and I would go to Mitsuwa (a japanese marketplace) every other month or so, and it had a great food court with some really delicious ramen and udon. They gave you chopsticks and little plastic spoons to eat your noodles with. I loved udon and taught myself my own little way of using chopsticks.
I personally prefer using chopsticks, but I understand the difficulties of learning to use them.
Along the branch of funny chopstick moments;; my friends and I were doing some back-to-school shopping and got hungry, so we ducked into an Asian place and ordered there. My friend's order of teriyaki came with a bowl of miso soup. My friend picked up her chopsticks, looked at her soup, looked back up at me, and in a panicky voice asked, "How do I eat my soup??" Apparently, she thought she had to use the chopsticks to eat her soup. I about died.