Fear of speaking, glossophobia, is one of the most common phobias - even just in one's native language. If you feel nervous when speaking French, it's probably due to a lack of confidence in your skills. The obvious solution is to improve your French, but there are also other ways to increase your confidence and feel more comfortable speaking French.
The mountain of French verb conjugations you have to learn can be overwhelming - even just in the classroom where you have plenty of time to think about the correct response. Once you start talking to people in the real world, trying to figure out the appropriate verb conjugation can leave you speechless - literally. So what's the solution? Learn, then practice, practice, practice!
A large part of communicating has to do with reporting what other people have said. This grammatical grapevine comes in two varieties: direct speech and indirect speech.
Even without a confinement order, it can sometimes be difficult to find other people to practice speaking French with. Believe it or not, there are quite a few ways that you can practice on your own, and they can help you feel more comfortable when you do meet someone face-to-face.
One reason speaking French can be tricky is that by its very nature it requires at least one other person. But not to worry, finding people to talk to is easier than you might think, no matter where you live.