I remember my first time. HA.
It was my dad's "company car." An 80-something Vista Colt. Why they had this car, made no sense to me. Considering the owner of the company owned a 67 E-type Jaguar, perfect condition, and several other nice cars, and is a millionaire.
Anyways, The Colt had no side-view mirrors, and no RPM gauge. So, I had to do everything by ear, which surprisingly, went well.
Anyways, The best place to learn manual is in a Honda. Their catch point is so large, you can't miss it. You can easily find Civics on CL for $300. Or, like many have said, ask a friend with a crappy car.