He makes an effort to talk to you, he compliments you, he asks questions; he wants to get to know you. Girls do the same things with boys.
I never could tell, im pretty clueless when it comes to this sort of stuff
He will listen to you.
You ask him.
Yeah. I do know the feeling. Well, it's like this (in all of life) you let the fear beat you, or you take a breath, grind your teeth and do it.
Sorry, no easy way, pal.