This is the general iTalki thread where you can discuss various small issues that you feel doesn’t deserve separate thread. Feel free to post your experience, request support, encourage each other, etc. Thread is rather iTalki-focused (as it become de facto standard in speaking practice, like WK is one for kanji drilling), but don’t hesitate to discuss/share your thoughts/questions about any other speaking experience. It’s intended to pursue the same goal as Short Grammar Questions , but for Speaking subforum.
Also, since italki features essay corrections, guess it’s fine to discuss them here too. Maybe we should reevaluate this thread as general expressing-yourself-in-Japanese one? In both text and spoken form.
To bring hesitating those of yous a bit of self-esteem and reasoning regarding why to talk at all, here are couple of speeches about importance of immersion and role of speaking in it:
(not intended to force those of you who don’t want to talk and have different goals. Just want to bring a bit more encouragement for those who want, but hesitating)
Answer for the main question of how not to fear talk to native stranger teachers for the first/second/100th time:
Fear a lot.
Fear as much as your body feels like.
That’s totally normal body reaction for stressful condition everybody experience. Body is trying to activate itself to be prepared - yup, this is what is feels like. For most of us it’s irregular condition so we misestimate it as fear. Try to reevaluate it as excitement and use this adrenalin bust to help you and get prepared, make some topics to talk about, questions, etc.
Or, at least just think about every other single user of italki/whatever service feels the same at the beginning and know that your feelings are normal - it’s nothing weird/wrong with you.
This activation body reaction (I don’t like word “fear” in this context, since it’s not one) would eventually come off after enough of experience. Perhaps. Still, think less of it itself, and rather focus on tapping buttons, booking teachers, preparing questions, etc. All of us mostly operate under non-ideal conditions: we’re underslept, hungry, tired, stressed in other way - but still keep going. This one condition is the same. Perhaps it could take extra time to get used to it, though.
Credits for encouraging this thread goes to @RoseMuncher and @sushi-fish for paying attention to italki topic. Not sure if it would hype, but let’s give it a try those of you durtles who consider themselves more WK-community related, but still want to talk about italki/etc your JP self-expressing experience.