I get quite nervous when i am attempting to practice my Japanese with anyone. Has anyone felt this?
Does anyone have any tips on how to become more confident in speaking?
Disagree with Benjiro :)
Those feelings of nervousness are natural - you care about doing well, and you want to show respect for the people you're talking to. But there's often much more going on - like your own social anxiety. (What will this person think of me?! Will I make a fool of myself?!) As adults, we often find ways to avoid putting ourselves in situations like this. (We're usually pretty decent at our jobs, etc.) But language learning is different: you're starting near zero, and it's easy to feel like a kid in a world full of grown-ups.
But that's just how it goes! You're doing a brave thing, trying to learn a new language. If you mess up a word, (which you will!), or if someone gives you a funny look (which they will!) that's to be expected. In fact, you can prepare for that - when you wake up in the morning, remind yourself that you're going to find yourself in some funny situations, and that that's all part of the process. It doesn't mean you've done anything wrong, and you don't have to feel bad or apologetic about it. It's natural! (If you DO feel ashamed, that's okay too - just try not to beat yourself up about it :)
I think as you talk more, you become more confident. I know it's not so easy to start, but talking to someone is essential.
Currently, I'm teaching myself to be a Japanese teacher. So I'm very happy to help you with your Japanese. I can do free conversation or just doing some exercises.
If you're interested in, please let me know:)