I respectfully disagree with Shinoo; my wife learned largely on my Elise and picked it up much faster than my daily driver at the time.
Cars that you shouldn't learn how to drive a manual on:
- cars with big expensive front and rear bumpers
- cars that have a very low front end that can clip curbs
- cars that are hard to see by the general public
- cars that are difficult or expensive (or both) to replace clutches on
- cars that people often stare at when they see.
Buy a cheap manual car... learn on that. It'll be a far less stressful situation than learning on an Elige.
Start by having someone take you to a big empty parking lot with a very slight incline (ie. when off the brakes, you roll only 5mph, max).
Put the car on the incline so you can learn how to use just the clutch to keep the car from rolling.
The incline will help teach you the engagement point. Then start using the throttle.
Once you get all that down, then worry about shifting.
Civics and Miatas are really good for this, because they have a wide range of engagement points.
OR, go to a dealership and learn on their cars