Move out of your own way, challenge yourself, overcome inertia.
The longer you stay where you are, the less likely you are to leave it. Starting with studying your language habits, it can help you get out of the situation you're in. You don't have much trouble speaking Basque with the Basque speakers you already know., do you?
But what about strangers?
Neither their origin, nor their appearance, nor the symbols they can wear guarantee that they will speak Basque. You're afraid to screw up. And before you tear it to pieces, you think of a gesture as simple as it is powerful.
Don't give way to a mere reactive attitude:
Start the conversation and say the first word... in Basque.
5 reasons to tell your first word in Basque
1️⃣ Starting the conversation in Basque is the best way to continue it in Basque, because it is an opportunity for Basque speaking people to stop hiding from each other, and to put our ability and our will on the table.
2️⃣ Knowing whether the (unknown) person in front of youyou can speak in Basque: the fact that two Euskaldunes are waiting for each other in relation to the previous one gives Spanish a great opportunity to prevail.
3️⃣ To invite your interlocutor to the world of the Basque Country: even if they could not continue the whole conversation in Basque, make your invitation clear.
4️⃣ Greeting people, even in Basque, is a way to be polite and well-mannered : those around you will tend to respond the same way.
5️⃣ Talking to friends and/or in front of friends in Basque is a way to show the world that Basque may exists in the public space: because the language in which the street flows shows it is a living language.
Take the first step, and your mind will mobilize all its forces to your aid. But the first essential is that you begin. Once the battle is startled, all that is within and without you will come to your assistance. Robert Collier.