I’ve been teaching myself Japanese for awhile now and I’ve reached somewhere in between beginner and intermediate-ish. I can read and write pretty well and my listening’s alright, but I’m REALLY bad at speaking! It’s not that I can’t make sentences or say the words, it’s just that I don’t have any practice. I’m a homeschooled minor and I don’t know anyone who speaks the language, so I hardly have any opportunity to actually speak Japanese. Since I’m not in school I don’t even have a teacher or a club or anything where I can find other people in real life who could speak it with me. As a result, I get really awkward and shy whenever I do get the chance to say something, and I’m bad at thinking fast enough to actually make a sentence (my mind totally blanks on grammar and vocab XD). I can write sentences if I think about them first, but I’ve never had an actual spoken conversation before and it’s really starting to become a problem, considering that being able to speak it is a huge percentage of actually learning the language.
Does anyone have any advice on how I could get some practice or a speaking partner (or maybe even both)? Anything at all would be a huge help ^^