So I go to a Meetup group almost every week, with the express purpose of practicing my spoken Japanese, and almost every week, I don’t speak it.
I could make up a lot of BS reasons for why not, but the main one is fear of looking stupid, of being so bad at speaking that I embarrass myself irreparably for all eternity.
Pretty stupid, right? I mean, what am I, some kind of child? In this case, sure. I am being a child.
So, my challenge going forward is to speak at least one sentence in Japanese next week. Then…one more each week. Then I’ll at least know how much I can embarrass myself.